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From the Addison Northwest School District Board:

The School Board of the newly unified Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) has started the process of negotiating a contract with the Addison Northwest Teachers' Association (ANTA) for the 2017-18 contract year. Although negotiations have historically been held behind closed doors, the ANWSD Board believes that the public interest is best served through transparency. Therefore, the Board has decided to hold these negotiation meetings in an open public forum.

The next meetings between the Board and the ANTA representatives are Tuesday, October 25 and Monday, November 7; both meetings to start at 6:00 pm in the Vergennes Union High School library. These meetings will provide an opportunity for public comment. Consistent with all school board meetings, the Board negotiations committee may occasionally go into executive session to discuss sensitive matters.

The Board appreciates the hard work that our teachers do, and understands that today's schools and teachers have to address more than just education; they also handle issues concerning social services, health services, nutrition, and family support. The Board hopes to provide flexibility for teachers to meet student needs, to provide appropriate opportunities for all students, and to address student personalized learning goals. 

The Board recognizes the difficulties faced by many of our families and community members: 50% of our students receive free or reduced lunch, healthcare costs have increased for all Vermonters, salaries and home values across the region are stagnant, and only 25% of Vermont households include school-age children.

Total compensation for the District's teachers and staff accounts for more than 80% of the ANWSD budget – a distribution that clearly signifies the Addison Northwest community's belief that people are the most valuable resource in our schools. This percentage also means that future school budgets must be built around contract provisions. Contract negotiations are an important task before the Board, with the welfare of the community in its trust: a community that includes students, teachers, parents, taxpayers, and the community at large.

The Board intends to negotiate a contract which will best balance the needs of these many stakeholders, because we represent them all. Contract negotiations therefore present an opportunity for earnest dialogue to arrive at an agreement that will support our teachers, sustain our schools, preserve our community, and allow our children to thrive.

If you are unable to attend these open meetings or would like additional information, a timeline of events, warnings of upcoming meetings, and meeting minutes can be found online at anwsu.org. We encourage the residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with the future of our children's education.






The Addison Northwest School District will be reviewing and adopting the following policies:

  •  B31                 Educator Supervision and Evaluation
  • C2                   Student Drugs and Alcohol (formerly F7)
  • C2R                 Student Drugs and Alcohol Procedures (formerly F7)
  • C3                   Transportation (formerly F9)
  • C4                   Limited English Proficiency Students (formerly F19)
  • C5                   Firearms (formerly F21)
  • C6                   Home Study Students (formerly F23)
  • C7                   Student Attendance (formerly F25)
  • C8                   Pupil Privacy Rights (formerly F27)
  • C10                 Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying (formerly F20)
  • C10R               Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Procedures (formerly F20)
  • C20                 Student Conduct and Discipline (formerly F1)
  • C21                 Search and Seizure of Students by School Personnel (formerly F3)
  • C23                 Student Clubs & Activities (Secondary) (formerly F11)
  • C25                 Admission of Non-resident Tuition Students (formerly F14)
  • C27                 Student Self-expression and Student Distribution of Literature (formerly F29)
  • C28                 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students
  • C34                 Restraint and Seclusion
  • F1                   Travel Reimbursement
  • F22                 Electronic Communications Use and Retention (formerly E12)


The Addison Northwest School District Board will take action of adopting the above stated policies on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Vergennes Union High School.

The policies are located at the Superintendent’s Office and at www.anwsu.org website for review.


Addison Northwest School District

11 Main Street, Suite B100, Vergennes, VT  05491




Addison Northwest School District Board

Negotiations Subcommittee


Members of the Addison Northwest School District Board Negotiations Subcommittee will hold a meeting:


·        on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in ANWSU Conference Room;

·        on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the VUHS Main Hall Conference Room;

·        on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the VUHS Library



CONGRATULATIONS to Our Outstanding Teachers!

VUES 2016 Teacher of the Year
2nd Grade Teacher

VUHS 2016 Teacher of the Year
Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Watch the Organizational Meeting of the new Addison Northwest School District here!