North Bennington saw school change, intersection redesign in 2013


NORTH BENNINGTON - In 2013, The Village of North Bennington saw the opening of the independent Village School of North Bennington, a new intersection in the village center, and the potential for LED streetlights to be installed across the village:

March 7 - The Village School of North Bennington added seven new members to its board of trustees, introducing Jeb Gorham, Don McKenna, Jeanne McWaters, David Monks, Rachel Schumacher, Peter Niles, and Meg Woolmington. The additions, along with chairwoman Eva Sutton, co-chairman Daren Houck, and Brian McKenna, brought the total number of trustees to 10.

April 12 - The Prudential Committee voted unanimously to close the public North Bennington Graded School as of June 30 and to lease the building to the independent Village School of North Bennington, which would employ the same staff and educate the same students as the public school had. The Village School would operate outside of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and, like the North Bennington Graded School before it, would educate students from the village and Shaftsbury's ID District.

August 11 - David Monks and Rachel Schumacher were honored for their longstanding and continued involvement in the North Bennington community at Powers Market as part of the 8th annual North Bennington Living History Day celebration. Monks serves on the North Bennington Board of Trustees, while Scumacher serves on the village's planning commission, the developmental review board, and the board at the McCullough Free Library. Both Monks and Schumacher serve on the Village School's board of trustees.

October 10 - Construction on the intersection of Main Street and Bank Street took a strange turn, when workers uncovered a cistern that wasn't in the town plans. A team of archaeologists from the state came out and looked at the cistern, and gave construction crews the green light to fill it in and continue with the project. About a week later, the construction crew uncovered a previously unknown aqueduct, which delayed construction further.

November 14 - Several local business owners attended a Board of Trustees meeting to complain that the completed Bank Street-Main Street intersection was impossible for their trucks to navigate, and was severely damaging their trucks' tires. Owners were concerned about the height and angle of the mountable curb, which is designed to help trucks navigate the intersection.

December 12 - The Board of Trustees voted to proceed with a project to transition all of the village's streetlights to LED bulbs after a presentation by Bennington College professor Susan Sgorbati and her class. Sgorbati's class had worked with Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to survey the village's streetlights and determine whether the transition was possible. The village will receive a grant from Efficiency Vermont to cover the cost of the project, which is estimated to save the village $6,167 each year.

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