Public Post reports on Montpelier's pledge to become the nation's first net zero capital city; efforts to track the Rusty Blackbird in its spring migration; amphibian tunnels planned for Monkton and an Arctic Roadshow in Fairlee.
Here's a sampling of the week's Public Post Twitter updates from Brattleboro, Guildhall, Franklin, Manchester and more:
Vernon residents will get a second crack at the town’s 2015 budget at a special town meeting next month, thanks to a petition filed Thursday. But town officials say it’s far from certain that last week’s town meeting vote to disband the Vernon Police Department will be reversed.
Vernon Police Chief Mary Beth Hebert says the motion to eliminate funds for her department was a shock. What was even harder was that some people applauded when the motion passed by a six-vote margin, 118 to 112.
Burlington Public Schools have selected 48 teaching positions that could be cut in an effort to cut back the school system’s budget after voters turned it down on Town Meeting Day. Nine additional positions in the district's central office were also named for potential cuts.
Superintendent Jeanne Collins said the list of positions is just preliminary.
“It’s kind of like setting the stage for the discussions,” she said.
Dana Dunnan knows the world of education inside and out. He grew up in a family of educators. He's taught chemistry and journalism to high school students. He's worked on teacher training program at Harvard, and worked on educational reform initiatives in Massachusetts.
Dunnan has now retired, but has written several books containing advice for those entering the profession. His latest is called Notes To A New Teacher.
Dunnan says it’s important to join a teacher’s union, for the protections that it can offer.
An effort to mandate paid sick days for all Vermont workers appears destined to wither on the vine this year. But at least one class of employees could soon be enjoying the new benefit.
The union that represents state workers and the Shumlin Administration have struck a tentative deal on issues surrounding the use of temporary employees. And the agreement would provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year for all temps working in state government.
The debate intensified at the Statehouse over the paid sick leave bill, the St. Johnsbury school board tried to garner support for its budget re-vote, Vernon residents sought to restore funding for their police department, milk prices for farmers hit record highs and Mother Nature dropped a late winter snow storm on the area.
These were some of the voices in the news this week:
A public records request seeking internal documents related to single-payer finances focuses on emails, memos, draft reports and other documents created by Michael Costa, the administration's deputy director of health care reform.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has again postponed the unveiling of financing options for single-payer health care. But one lawmaker says the administration needs to show its cards. And she’s taking action to press the issue.
Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, filed a public records request with the Agency of Administration this week seeking access to all internal documents related to single-payer financing.
Many young women suffer from eating disorders. But boys and older adults are also not immune to disordered eating.
Finding a therapist who is willing to take on the long and difficult treatment process for eating disorders can be difficult, and if you need an outpatient or residential program in Vermont, you have very few options.
We’ll talk to Bree Greenberg-Bennjamin, Director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, and Dr. Marcia Herrin, author of The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders.