All BVSU, SVSU school budgets pass

BENNINGTON — Voters as an aggregate supported the budgets of southern Bennington County's schools, approving all the budgets in the Southwest Vermont and Battenkill Valley Supervisory Unions.

Between the seven SVSU and BVSU school boards that elected their officers Tuesday night, Arlington, Bennington, Mount Anthony, Pownal, Sandgate, Shaftsbury and Woodford, in addition to the board of the Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School District, only Bennington had a contested race.

The Bennington School District budget passed 1,420 to 795. Jodie Hudson and incumbent Meridy Capella were elected to two seats on the Bennington School Board, with 1,208 and 955 votes respectively. Katrina Snide just missed with 947 votes. Hudson will replace George Sleeman, who chose not to run for re-election.

The Pownal School District budget passed 480 to 173. Angie Rawling and Cynthia Brownell were re-elected to seats on the school board after running unopposed, to a one-year and a three-year seat respectively.

The Shaftsbury School District's $3,503,493 budget passed 404-103. Current chairman Ed Molloy and Tony D'Onofrio ran unopposed for seats on the Shaftsbury board, with D'Onofrio filling the seat vacated by former chairman Fran Kinney, who chose not to run for re-election. Molloy received 402 votes, with three write-ins and 115 blank, while D'Onofrio received 366 with five write-ins and 149 blanks. The townspeople also voted 381-122 to approve raising $185,000 in taxes for the district's building reserve fund, which Molloy said on Monday night would be used to continue improvements to the school's ventilation system. The old wing of the school, in which ventilation was the worst, had its system upgraded last summer.

In Woodford, the $562,121 school budget was approved 41-16. Current chairman Mark Tilley ran unopposed for another three-year term.

The Mount Anthony Union School District budget passed easily, 2,708 to 1,044 between Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford. Amy Dobson of Bennington, Nelson Brownell of Pownal, David Durfee of Shaftsbury and Ron Higgins of Pownal were running for seats on that board.

In the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union, Arlington passed its budget 214-107. Voters also approved, by a margin of 254-66, allocating $5,000 into the district's technology fund. Robert Zink and Jeff Tilley ran unopposed for two one-year seats on the school board, while no one ran for a three-year seat.

In Sandgate, Celeste Keel ran unopposed for a seat on the school board. The Sandgate school budget passed.

Between Arlington, Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, Sandgate, Shaftsbury, Sunderland, and Woodford, the Southwest Vermont Regional Technical School District budget seemed poised to pass. In those towns, 3,647 voted yes and 1,156 voted no. Robert Bahny, Jon Gauthier, Jackie Kelly, and Ed Letourneau ran unopposed for seats on that board, which operates the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center.

Derek Carson can be reached at, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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