PROCTOR- Residents will vote tonight on a proposed paving project at Proctor High School.
Residents are being asked to approve $98,000 to tear up, grade and repave the driveway and parking lot surrounding the school.
The proposal is not a request for additional money. The money has already been approved by voters and is currently sitting in the Proctor School District’s capital improvement fund. The District needs permission from voters to use the funds for the paving project.
Residents will meet and vote by paper ballot at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The Proctor Historical Society has recently indexed Marble Chips, a monthly
magazine published by the Vermont Marble Company, from 1936-1976.
The first part is indexed by name, month, date and page of The Chips.
A second index, is for subject matter, indexed by month, date and page.
The Marble Chips index is available in the Vermont Room at the Proctor Free Library.
The Proctor Free Library has a complete set of the Marble Chips.
Posted in Business
All four principals in the Rutland Central Supervisory Union have had issues with their employment over the last month and a third principal has resigned.
Superintendent Debra Taylor confirmed in an email late Tuesday afternoon that Proctor Elementary School Principal Nancy Erickson submitted her letter of resignation and was expected to present it to the School Board last night.
The resignation is effective June 30 of this year.
Taylor has not answered why three administrators have resigned and a fourth, West Rutland Principal Juanita Birch-Clay, is on the verge of not having her contract renewed.
First to resign this year was Rutland Town Principal Patty Beaumont in late February, then June Sargent of Proctor High School earlier this month and just yesterday, Erickson.
Erickson has notyet returned a call for comment Tuesday.
PROCTOR — Firefighters say fires were intentionally set inside a home and to surrounding brush on Patch Street.
Firefighters said the property is currently under foreclosure. They responded to the fire at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators said they have information that people were seen running away from the scene.
No one was hurt.
Posted in Crime, Fires
What started as a temporary job for Proctor’s interim town administrator has become a full-time job.
The select board voted this week to offer the town administrator job, left empty early last year by former administrator Steffanie Bourque, to Stanley Wilbur who took over as interim administrator at the end of August.
“My first day of work was the day after Irene and I made it,” Wilbur said sitting in his office last week. “I haven’t missed a day yet.”
When he first came to town Wilbur, a retired civil engineer and Tinmouth selectman, was only interested in serving until a permanent replacement was found.
In October, he said he turned down an invitation to apply for the job
Proctor Free Library will host a Central Vermont Public Service presentation Wednesday on the utility’s “SmartPower” strategy.
SmartPower is designed to modernize and automate the electric grid. It’s part of a nationwide initiative that takes advantage of federal funding to bring the electric grid up-to-date.
The upgrades are designed to allow utilities to use power more efficiently and address problems quickly.
Over the next two years about 80 percent of Vermont households will have smart meters installed which will eventually allow customers to manager their energy use to save money, reduce demand during peak usage times and diminish the use of polluting fossil fuels.
The event at the library will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature refreshments.
PROCTOR — An appointed selectman won election Tuesday when Bruce Baccei beat newcomer Ted Schaft for a two-year seat on the board.
Baccei, a former selectman who resigned in 2009, won handily over Schaft, a school teacher who has served on town committees in the past. Baccei won by a vote of 220-108.
The race between Schaft and Baccei represented the only contested spot on the ballot.
In other elections, incumbent Selectman Vincent Gatti won re-election to a three-year seat by garnering 261 votes and newcomer Bill Champine received 287 votes to win a one-year spot on the board.
Voters approved all school and town spending on Monday night.
Proposed $769,537, $20,547 or a 2.6 percent reduction from this year’s $790,084 budget.
The budget includes a $13,144 decrease in solid waste disposal spending and an $8,147 drop in parks expenditures.
Proposed $403,957, 20,009 or a 5.2 percent increase over the current $383,948 budget. The proposed budget includes increases for fuel costs and a $7,875 expense to pay the state Department of Corrections for mowing services.
Proposed $5,107,316, a $202,821 or 4.1 percent increase over this year’s $4,904,495 budget. The majority of the budget increases come from the additions of a behavioral specialist, a full-time teacher and a half-time teacher at the elementary school. At the high school, the budget was reduced by one full-time teacher.
Shall the Proctor School District transfer $250,000 of surplus funds to the capital improvement fund?
Appointed Select Board member Bruce Baccei and challenger Ted Schaft are competing for a two-year seat on the board.
Proctor residents will gather for a floor meeting at the Proctor High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. March 5. Voting by Australian ballot will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 6 at PHS.