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Board Approves New Budget For Voter Consideration April 30, 2024

April 9, 2024

Dear ANWSD Community,

 

Last night the Board approved a fourth version of the FY25 Budget for voter consideration in the amount of $27,250,000. The latest reduction of $257,737 reduces a tuition line and one additional administrative position from the budget. Since beginning their budget work in the Fall of 2023 the board has reduced $1.7 Million from the strategic budget adopted by the Board on 1/18/24. A summary of all FY25 Budget action is included below for your reference. 

 

$28,982,077.99 - 1st budget approved by board on 1/18/24

$750,000.00 cut in reaction to Montpelier actions

$28,232,077.99 - 2nd budget approved by board on 1/29/24

No vote on 3/05/24

$724,340.99 cut in reaction to 1st no vote

$27,507,737.00 - 3rd budget approved by board on 3/18/24

No vote on 3/26/24

$257,737.00 cut in reaction to 2nd no vote

$27,250,000.00 - 4th budget approved by board on 4/08/24

 

$1,732,077.99 - Total budget cuts since initial budget approval

 


 

The Board also approved the date for the next vote as April 30th, 2024 with the Informational Meeting taking place the evening before at 6:00 p.m. The warning has since been posted and ballots will be distributed to the town offices later this afternoon. Early voting can begin as early as tomorrow morning. This provides three full weeks for early voting, absentee ballots, and information sharing. 

 

If you have any questions about this process or the budget, please reach out. Visit our website at https://www.anwsd.org/budget2 for more information. 

Sheila Soule, Superintendent

  • Budget
  • FY25
Snow

It is that time of year again when we begin to hear rumblings of snow and ice in the forecast. Just a friendly reminder that you can find all the details on how we determine the need for weather-related cancellations on our website.  

 

For families that may be new to us, we use School Messenger as our notification system.  Parents and School District staff will receive messages via phone about the status of school opening/closing during inclement weather situations.  Phone calls will be made beginning at 5:30 A.M. We also post on our websites and social media. 

 

Please reach out if you have any questions! 

 

  • Weather
Math Interventionist Molly Struhammer Joins FCS!

Hello from Molly:

"Hi FCS Community,

My name is Molly Struhammer and I am so excited to be the new math interventionist at FCS! I went to FCS for elementary school and also completed my student teaching there while I was pursuing my master's in elementary education. When I am not teaching, I love to spend time outside with mt family: horseback riding, kayaking, and hiking with our dogs (to name a few). I also love to read and build Lego sets. I can't wait to learn and grow with your children, and to share my love of math with them!"

Literacy Interventionist Michelle Houghton Joins FCS!

Hello from Michelle:

"Hello FCS community! I am a mom of two boys and a dancing dog. I live here in Ferrisburgh. I have always and will always love horses; I have one dressage horse and board horses at my horse barn. I love to write Middle Grade and Young Adult stories and therefore love to read Middle Grade and Young Adult stories. I am grateful to be a literacy Interventionist and to help give the powers of reading to students. I am looking forward to working at your amazing school that gave so much to my children."

3rd/4th grade teacher Megan Rogers Joins FCS!

Hello from Megan:

"Hi everyone! My name is Megan Rogers and I am a recent graduate from Southern New Hampshire University. I was born and raised in Vermont. When I am not in the classroom I love being outside and spending time with friends and family. I am so excited to be teaching at FCS and cannot wait to get to know all of you!"

3rd/4th grade teacher Randi Barry Joins FCS!

Hello from Randi:

"Hello FCS Family and Friends! My name is Randi Barry and I will be one of the 3rd/4th grade teachers this upcoming school year. I grew up in Northern Vermont and love spending my time outside in my family's garden or tending to my house plants. I also really enjoy taking my cat Ambrose out for walks! I look forward to meeting you all and becoming a part of your community."

Music teacher Jocelyn Noble Joins FCS!

Hello from Jocelyn:

"I'm a Vermont native who graduated from Castleton University in 2023. As a musician, I play the clarinet and the bari sax (that's the big one) in performing groups at Castleton and in the Poultney-Granville town band. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, painting, and riding my bike."

Health and PE Teacher Morgan Kathan Joins FCS!

Hello from Morgan:

"Hello Ferrisburgh Central School! My name is Mrs. Kathan, but my students have always called me Coach K. After living in Florida for the last 5 years, my husband and I are moving back home to Vermont and I am thrilled to be joining your school community. I have been teaching K-8 Physical Education and Middle School Health for the last several years, so I am excited to bring my education and experiences here to teach PE and Health at FCS. I enjoy snowboarding, soccer, hiking, yoga, and playing golf, as I am very passionate about participation in sports and activities for my own physical and mental wellness. I look forward to providing meaningful classes that support our students in learning how to be lifelong healthy and happy movers, and I thank you all for welcoming me into my new home here with FCS!"

Nurse Jaime Bunde Joins FCS!

Hello from Jaime Bunde:

"I have a wonderful husband, Adam, and four small kids. I’ve been a nurse for 13 years with 16 years in the medical field, mostly as an Emergency Department nurse and EMT. In my spare time I coach boys youth baseball and girls soccer, and volunteer with the Tiny Tim program."