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1/26/18 Cavendish Update
1. Cavendish Related News
2. Job Opening
3. Learn About the Raptors Around Us
4. New at the Cavendish Library
5. Stop Look Recycle Your Batteries
1. CAVENDISH RELATED NEWS
GMUSD Warning: The Annual School District Meeting for the Green Mountain Unified School District will take place on February 27 (Tuesday), 7 pm at the Green Mountain Union High School’s auditorium.
Article I: Shall the voters of the GMUSD approve setting its annual honorarium for each of its School Directors at $1,200.00?
Article II: Shall the voters of the GMUS approve setting its annual honorarium for the treasure at $500.00?
Article III: Shall the voters of the GMUSD approve setting the annual honorarium for its School District Clerk at $125.00?
Article IV: Shall the voters of GMUSD authorize its Board of School Directors to borrow money, pending receipt of payments from member districts as provided in Title 16, Chapter 11, 71, by issuance of notes of money orders, payable not later than one year from date, for the purpose of paying its expenses?
Article V: To act on any other business proper to come before said meeting.
The voting on the GMUSD budget, $12,547,513.00, will take place by Australian Ballot, Tuesday, March 6 at the Cavendish Town Elementary School from 10-7. The equalized per pupil cost will be $15,659.09
GMUSD Budget Minus $30,000: At the last minute the Green Mountain Unified School District board passed a budget minus $30,000 at their Jan. 17 meeting. The administration needed to decide where to take out the $30,000 by Friday, Jan. 19. TRSU Accounting Bookkeeper Cheryl Hammond confirmed that $10,000 was removed from Food Service and $20, 000 was removed from the Capital Reserve Fund. Vermont Journal
School Budgets: What goes into the central office assessment?: On January 17, the GMUSD board “reluctantly” passed a budget, minus $30,000 in order to have something to put before the voters by Town Meeting Day. There have been questions about expenditures. Superintendent Meg Powden who – if the budget is approved – will receive a raise of 5.58 percent from $125,580 to $132,590. In the 2017-2018 budget, the superintendent received a 9.2 percent raise, going from $115,000 to $125,580, according to the central office budget. One oddity is a new line for “meeting food” for $4,500. Close inspection also finds lines like “salaries, mail courier” for $6,815 when the actual expenditure for the line averages less than $1,300 for the past two years. The TRSU Executive Committee serves the function of finance committee in reviewing and recommending the budget to the full board. It will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 to put its final stamp of approval on the plan. The full board will meet a 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at Cavendish Town Elementary School, 573 Main St., Proctorsville. Chester Telegraph
State Rolls Out Plan to Reclassify Region’s Rivers, including the Black River: State officials are asking residents around Windsor County to weigh in on a plan that would reclassify many waters within the Black and Ottauquechee river basins, and determine funding for watershed projects over the next five years. There will be three public comment sessions on the 163-page proposed “Basin 10 Plan,” which refers to 425 square miles of land between Killington Peak and Springfield that drains water into the Ottauquechee and Black rivers. The first public comment session is scheduled for Tuesday, at the West Windsor Town Office, followed by one on Jan. 29 in the Woodstock Town Office on The Green, with the final session scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Cavendish Town Office. All three will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. VT Digger
GMP Bills Going Down: Green Mountain Power customers will see their bills go down because of the federal tax changes that cut their corporate tax rate. The utility says it's going to lower bills by $6 million and you'll see that on the bill you get in February. WCAX
2. JOB OPENING: The After School Program at CTES needs a part time 1:1 special education para educator. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 3-5:15. The ideal candidate will be caring, patient and flexible. Team spirited and very organized. You must be passionate about students and learning. Interesting candidates should send a letter of interest, a resume and 3 letters of reference to Mary Barton, Director of Student Support Services, Two Rivers Supervisory Union, 609 VT Route 103 South, Ludlow VT 05149. FMI: 802-875-3365
3. LEARN ABOUT RAPTORS AROUND US: Owls, hawks, falcons and eagles are all around us even if we don’t see them every day. The folks at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) know all about them and will present an evening of learning on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Cavendish Town Elementary School. You can meet captive owls, and perhaps falcons, and hear about their habits and lives.
The presentation will be sponsored by the Cavendish Community and Conservation Association as part of its ongoing Walk and Talk series of environmental and conservation events, and is open to residents of all area towns. Come meet live ambassador raptors from VINS and learn about their winter habits, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and to observe their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Suggested donation at the door is $5.
VINS’ mission stresses education as a way to change attitudes and maintain a healthy environment. Headquartered in Quechee, VINS houses hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey in 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures. In addition, the site has two songbird aviaries, a Welcome Center and Nature Store, a Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation, a Center for Environmental Education, and the Center for Environmental Research from which operates an active Citizen Science program. FMI: Claire Walker at 802-226-7259. Refreshments will be served.
4. NEW AT THE CAVENDISH LIBRARY: SIT "N" KNIT starting Feb 1st !! Thursday evenings from 5-7 bring your latest needlework project to the library and stitch with other crafters. Knit, Crochet, Crewel, Needlepoint, Quilting--whatever fiber art you practice is welcome. Light snacks will be provided. There is no charge for this program. For more information call 226-7503
LIBBY is the new app that Cavendish Fletcher Community Library has made available for you to "borrow" books online from a statewide library. meet.libbyapp.com is the url that will bring you to the site and you just need to input your library card number and happy reading all the books you want. No need to go out into the cold, snow and ice. Perfect for when you are not feeling well.
Cavendish Fletcher Community Library has increased the movies that are offered Come in and browse our extensive collection.
5. “STOP! LOOK! RECYCLE YOUR BATTERIES! Keep all of your household batteries out of the trash and recycle them at the Cavendish Transfer Station. Please note that the new E-Waste facility is now open and accepting electronics at the Cavendish Transfer Station.
JANUARY 28 (SUNDAY): Dinner and a Movie at the Cavendish Library (Proctorsville) featuring the film Dunkirk. 1 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
JANUARY 31 (WEDNESDAY): Super Blue full moon
FEBRUARY 1 (THURSDAY): Sit N Knit at the Cavendish Library from 5-7.