Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

East Lakeshore Drive Work to Require Traffic Detour June 10 and June 11

The Town of Colchester will begin a significant stormwater infrastructure project that will result in a partial road closure of East Lakeshore Drive June 10 and June 11.

Specifically, the Smith Hollow section of East Lakeshore Drive will be closed to traffic to allow for large construction equipment to safely and effectively maneuver in the area. Williams Road will serve as the primary detour route.


Please note that, as a result of this project and its required detour, traffic delays are expected.


For more information about the project and to view plans, please visit the Public Works Department’s website here. You may also call (802) 264-5620.

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Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information

Thank You

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Many thanks to the community members who voted yesterday. The budget passed with 1,519 voting yes and 1,444 voting no. (To view the results from the ballot in .pdf format as posted on the Town of Colchester’s website, please click here.)

To learn more about the budget, please visit our comprehensive information on our website (www.csdvt.org/budget). We also welcome our community to call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999.

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Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Colchester High School, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

School District Budget Vote is June 3—PLEASE VOTE!

The Colchester School District budget vote is Tuesday, June 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Where are the polling stations?

District 9-1 (comprised of the area east of I-89, the west side of I-89 north of the Malletts Creek inlet, and excluding the south side of Blakely Road) is at the Colchester Meeting House on 830 Main Street in Colchester Village.

District 9-2 (comprised of the area west of I-89 south of the Malletts Creek inlet, including the south side of Blakely Road) is at Colchester High School on 131 Laker Lane (off Blakely Road).


Did you know that if your total household income is less than $90,000, the tax increase associated with this proposed school budget would be $2.38 or less? Please click here to learn more in this two-page informational flyer, which includes information about your schools as well as important tax-related information.


For questions about the budget or for any additional information, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999 or visit www.csdvt.org/budget.

Please vote on June 3!

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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

What’s the Beat? Get Your Town Government’s Update Here

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  • Two Town employees have been recognized for excellence—find out who!
  • Did you know that Colchester was recently featured on the Weather Channel? Find out why and watch a video about it!
  • Want to know when the Grand List will be ready?
  • Did you know that there are costs associated with running elections? Find out more about what they are and what you can do to help minimize them.
  • Want to know whether the Town is on budget with expenditures and revenues?

Please click here to find out more—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending May 30, 2014.


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Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Colchester High School, Colchester Middle School, Community, General, Malletts Bay School, Other Important Information, Porters Point School, Union Memorial School

Are Colchester Schools Efficient?

The following letter was written by Colchester School Board member Craig Kieny:


In March 2013, I was elected to the Colchester School Board. My reason for seeking election was that I was as frustrated as everyone else with increases in property taxes, and I decided the best way to do anything about it was to run for election.

One of my main goals was to make sure the school district minimized its costs by operating efficiently. That will be one of my goals for as long as I am on the board.

To monitor the efficiency of the schools, I look at data provided by the Vermont Agency of Education regarding per-pupil spending, student/teacher ratios, New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores, and others metrics. Here are highlights of what the most recent available data shows:

  • Of the 11 school districts that offer K-12 programs, 3 districts (27.2%) have lower per-pupil spending, when Special Education expenses are excluded.
  • Of the 28 senior high schools, 5 (17.8%) have a higher student/teacher ratio than Colchester High School.
  • Of the 25 similar-sized middle schools, 3 have a higher student/teacher ratio than Colchester Middle School.
  • Of the 25 similar-sized elementary schools, 0 have a higher student/teacher ratio than Malletts Bay School.
  • Of the 41 similar-sized elementary schools, 9 (20.2%) have a higher student/teacher ratio than Porters Point School and 11 (26.8%) have a higher ratio than Union Memorial School.
  • The student/administrator (principal, assistant principals) ratio for CHS and PPS are average for their respective school type and size.
  • The student/administrator ratios for CMS, MBS, and UMS are in the lower half for their respective school type and size. In the case of MBS and UMS, this is due to the size of the schools. For CMS, this is due to the need to address specific issues.
  • NECAP scores for eleventh graders are among the highest in the state for all subjects.

I don’t like paying a penny more than I have to for anything than I have to, and I bring this mentality to my work on the board. The above data suggest that the schools are operating relatively efficiently.

The data also suggest that it is expensive to operate schools in Vermont. After we have an approved budget, I hope to ensure the district continues to look for ways to operate efficiently and address statewide issues to further improve the cost efficiency of Colchester schools.

Please vote on June 3.

Craig Kieny
Colchester School Board member

Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information

School Budget Information!

The Colchester School District budget vote is June 3, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Is your total household income less than $90,000? If so, the tax increase associated with this proposed school budget would be $2.38 or less; learn more in the flyer.


Please click here for a two-page informational flyer with information about the proposed budget, or please click the image below to access the complete document. It includes information about your schools as well as important tax-related information.

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For questions about the budget or for any additional information, please call our administrative offices at (802) 264-5999 or visit www.csdvt.org/budget.

Please vote on June 3!

What do I do if I can’t get to the polling station during those hours?

  • Absentee ballots are available by request; simply call the Town Clerk’s Office at (802) 264-5520 to request a ballot.
  • Voting can also be done at the Town Clerk’s Office from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Where are the polling stations?

District 9-1 (comprised of the area east of I-89, the west side of I-89 north of the Malletts Creek inlet, and excluding the south side of Blakely Road) is at the Colchester Meeting House on 830 Main Street in Colchester Village.

District 9-2 (comprised of the area west of I-89 south of the Malletts Creek inlet, including the south side of Blakely Road) is at Colchester High School on 131 Laker Lane (off Blakely Road).

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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

Here Is Your Town Government’s Weekly Update

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  • Curious about what your police department has been up to lately?
  • Need an update from your EMS providers?

Please click here to find out more—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending May 23, 2014.


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Posted in Accountability, Community, General, Other Important Information, Programs, Town of Colchester

Find Out the Score: Get Your Town Weekly Update Here

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  • Curious about what’s going on in your library these days?
  • Need an update from the Parks and Recreation Department?

Please click here to find out more—access the Town of Colchester’s update for the week ending May 16, 2014.


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Posted in Accountability, Community, Currently Colchester, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Town of Colchester

May 2014 Currently Colchester Published Today

The May 2014 edition of the Currently Colchester publication is scheduled to arrive in Colchester households today; many Colchester residents can look for it as part of the Colchester Sun, while those who do not receive the Colchester Sun should receive Currently Colchester as a stand-alone publication.

To view the May 2014 issue of Currently Colchester in electronic format, please click here.


Remember, we can better tailor our communications with our community when we better understand what our community needs. We encourage dialogue that allows us to be proactive and that enhances our collaboration. Please send us your comments and suggestions to csdwebmaster@csdvt.org.

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Posted in Accountability, Budgets, Community, District Office, General, Other Important Information, Vision Summit/Vision and Strategic Plan

Letter From the School Board

The Colchester School Board offers the following letter, written by Lindsey Cox, to the community:


In March, voters went to the polls and defeated a 4.29 percent school budget increase. The school board reduced the budget by $442,744 and put forth a 3.09 percent increase (that would increase property taxes by 3.692 percent). Last week, that budget proposal was defeated as well. Now, as we struggle to find more places to cut, I thought it would be helpful to point out some other numbers that matter.

Our budget represents the vision that our community and school created for our students. It is built around community engagement, innovative teaching and learning, and success for all students. Our vision states that our schools achieve success when they are in partnership with our community. But in our community of approximately 11,000 registered voters, barely 2,000 came out to vote. That number matters.

Many times we’re reminded that Colchester’s per-pupil spending ($12,043) is lower than the state average ($12,789); however, our achievement on standardized tests is higher (statewide: 53 percent proficient/Colchester: 72 percent proficient). Statewide, school enrollment is decreasing, but Colchester kindergarten enrollments are at a ten-year high. Our classroom student-to-teacher ratio pushes the top end of Vermont quality standards at around 22:1 in the lower grades and 24:1 in the upper grades. These numbers should matter as well.

Our educators are some of the best in the state and have been recognized regionally and nationally for facilitating excellent learning. But more importantly, our students are achieving success both while in our schools and once they graduate and reach for college and career goals. For our students and educators to continue this success, we, as a community, must provide them the tools they need.

It’s easy to say no to numbers when every dollar increase puts more stress on our households and families. But we must remember that supporting our public education system is an investment in the future of our community. We each have a part to play to ensure that Colchester remains a great place to live and learn.


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