Saturday April 13, 2013

Career Development Center seeks to fill board vacancy

BENNINGTON -- A new member will likely be appointed to fill a vacancy of the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center school board at its May meeting.

An appointment to the term vacated by Justin Corcoran last month will be for 10 months until the next election in March, when the final year of the three-year seat will be filled by election.

Chairman Jim Boutin asked each member of the board to try to find interested candidates the board may select from, but anyone in Bennington County who is interested in serving on the technical center board may also contact any member of the board to express interest.

"The bylaws are specific as to what we are supposed to do ... and that states that we try to solicit from the community (people) to become board members. It specifies that we should go out and look for industry related to what we’re doing here with our programs and try to identify those people," Boutin said.

The bylaws also state vacancies shall be filled by the board within 30 days; however, that obligation was not met. Corcoran’s resignation from the board was effective March 19.

Boutin said Monday one person had already contacted him with interest in the vacancy. That is already more interest than the previous mid-term vacancy garnered.


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Last June, after Richard Pembroke vacated a seat, nobody approached the board about filling the term and eventually a previous board member, Larry Johnson, was appointed.

"Everyone is welcome to solicit a name. It’s a tough thing to do. Last time I went out and got turned down three times," Boutin said.

Anyone in the county who would like to serve can contact Boutin by phone at 823-7213 or by email at Jim.boutin@comcast.net.

-- Dawson Raspuzzi

Three speakers to address SVC grads

BENNINGTON -- Three guest speakers who will each be awarded honorary degrees will take the place of the traditional commencement speaker at Southern Vermont College’s 86th Commencement on May 11.

The recipients are Michael J. Astrue, former commissioner of Social Security; the Honorable Janice Lachance, chief executive officer of the Special Libraries Association; and Brigadier General Barrye L. Price, U.S. Army.

The announcement was made Friday by SVC President Karen Gross, who recently completed a year in Washington, D.C., as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education.

Gross said the school wishes to honor leaders who have encouraged civic engagement through government service and through their own community service work.

"Education’s mission, above all else, is to develop thoughtful and engaged citizens in our democratic process," Gross said. "These three individuals are the embodiment of that mission, serving our nation with extraordinary talent, honor and pride."

After the robing ceremony, each honoree will address the graduating class briefly in lieu of a single commencement speaker.

At past commencements, SVC has awarded honorary degrees to, among others, former U.S. figure skating champion Michelle Kwan, world class chef Marcus Samuelsson and renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa.

-- Dawson Raspuzzi

Police: court custodian brings gun to work

BURLINGTON (AP) -- Police in the Vermont city of Burlington say a custodian is being charged with bringing a gun to work at a courthouse.

Burlington police say Sean McCarty of Monkton told them that he had brought the gun with him every day for eight months.

The gun was found in McCarty’s locker at the Vermont Superior Court in Chittenden County on Friday.

McCarty is facing a misdemeanor charge of carrying a gun into a courthouse. Police say he does not have a criminal record.

Vt. Senate passes campaign finance law

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Senate has passed a campaign finance reform bill that calls for more disclosure about who’s giving money to candidates and bans corporate contributions to those running for office.

The bill passed Friday faced a circuitous route through the Senate. The ban on corporate contributions, for instance, was dropped by a committee and only reinserted at the insistence of the larger Democratic caucus.

The bill, which now goes to the House, did not end up including something sought by Secretary of State Jim Condos -- moving the state’s primary up from late August to earlier in the month.

It sets new limits on campaign contributions and increases the public financing available to candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.