are getting underway in many schools around the state this week. While some Vermont school districts started classes last week – and
others will not convene until after Labor Day – many welcomed students back on Monday.
North Bennington residents voted last March to close their public elementary school. They hoped an
application for a new independent school would be approved by the state Board of Education
at its May meeting. But instead the application was tabled.
In 2009, the Department of
Energy awarded Vermont $69 million in stimulus funds for smart grid implementation. The goal is to have a statewide smart grid in place by 2013. The state and utilities are now working to make that happen.
The Douglas Administration says the new two vote budget law is a
major reason why overall school spending was more restrained this year. But a number of school officials say the Vermont economy was a much bigger factor, and they want lawmakers to repeal the law.