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Re: “Dining on a Dime: Tomgirl Kitchen

"With a few squirts of cilantro-lime-curry dressing, lunch was served. I ate at a picnic table outside the Soda Plant."

So....was it any good?

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Posted by Dave S on 09/05/2019 at 11:12 AM

Re: “142-Room Hotel Proposed for Burlington YMCA Building

I'm fine with most development downtown, but the title of this story should really be "How to Lie with Architectural Renderings." It's interesting to see how the six-story hotel appears to be the exact same height as the 3.5 story YMCA from both north and south views. For comparison, six stories is also the height of the (awesome) new Ealge's Landing/Champlain College building on St Paul Street.

It will also be interesting to see how tourists handle the one-way, one lane drop off zone...I doubt "reduced congestion" will be the result.

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Posted by Dave S on 05/07/2019 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Emails Detail Conflict in Choosing Burlington School Principals

To clarify:

Every Burlington school except Edmunds was looking for a new principal this year (I think this is correct, but am not 100% sure)

BHS, drawing from a limited pool of candidates, had all three finalists drop out the day before a public forum, with no explanation why. This left the superintendent's hand-picked candidate as the only option available.

Parent surveys, requested by the district to provide input on the hiring process, were only made public if they supported the district's views.

These are not opinions, but facts. And they speak loudly.

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Posted by Dave S on 04/12/2019 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Resident Alleges Burlington City Council Violated Open Meeting Law

With City Hall park settled, expect to see this same group of familiar faces gearing up to oppose the Champlain Parkway, the Moran Plant, Memorial Auditorium, the redevelopment of the Immaculate Conception block, etc. If people want to live in a museum where nothing ever changes, Plattsburgh is only an hour away.

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Posted by Dave S on 03/29/2019 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Burlington High School Guidance Director Has His Say at Hearing

I feel sorry for Mr Macias because he was hired for a position he was clearly not qualified for, as described in the BHS Register last week:

In 2016 Macias applied for a middle school assistant principal position. Instead, Nikki Fuller, the Burlington School District Director of Human Resources, recommended him for the position of Director of Guidance at BHS.

She thought I was a good candidate to be the director of school counseling, Macias said. I did such a good job in the other interview in which they wanted to bring more diversity to the school as well as to the [guidance] departmentI got hired.

It seems to me this is the missing piece from this story. This poor guy's life is ruined because of overreach on the part of BSD Administration. Did he do a bad job? Yes. Would he (and BHS students) have ended up in this position if the BSD Administration had hired a qualified candidate? No.

Link to the Register Story: https://bhsregister.com/markley-and-macias…

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Posted by Dave S on 12/17/2018 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Despite Controversy, Burlington Principal Plans to Vet Student Newspaper Stories

Dear 7D, VTDigger and BFP: Some sort of in-depth reporting on the crisis at BSD, and specifically BHS, is long overdue. I would start with the hiring of superintendent Obeng by Stephanie Seguino, followed by the punch-to-the-stomach demotion of Amy Mellencamp, followed by the rise and fall of Tracey Raicott, followed by the surprise appointment of Noel Green as Principal this summer, followed by the complete incompetence at so many levels with Mario Macias. And I'm sure this is just the tip of the iceberg at BHS. In addition to the guidance team, how many other teachers have left in the past few years?

And what about musical chairs at BHS Central Office? District-wide, how has the district administration changed during Obeng's tenure? How many administrative positions have been added or deleted? How many people have "retired" or left, and how have their replacements been chosen? How much turnover has their been among leadership positions at individual schools?

The turmoil facing Burlington schools is not normal. While we all focus on the latest crisis, it would be extremely useful to take a long-term view of what got us into this mess in the first place. This is the kind of quality reporting that only Vermont news outlets can provide.

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Posted by Dave S on 09/15/2018 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Censorship of Burlington School Newspaper May Have Violated Law

With the article still censored as of 9:30 Thurdsday, it gave me some time to read some of the other excellent articles by Register staff. Everyone should take a look at this op-ed by one of the editors, which begins like this:

With senior year comes newfound freedom, fun traditions, and the ever-present excitement of graduation. In addition to these exciting aspects of being in 12th grade, there is one thing that most students at Burlington High School (BHS) tend to like the most about their senior year: the lack of academic responsibility. While not having to worry too much about the pressures of academic life has been a large gift of my senior year, I can not help but wonder: will I be prepared for the academic rigor of college?

Read the full article here:

Leadership at BHS is seriously lacking. My kids' experience at Burlington's elementary and middle schools was fantastic from start to finish. AT BHS, all I have is a slim hope that they get through to graduation without too much damage to their future academic careers. Sad!

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Posted by Dave S on 09/13/2018 at 9:42 AM

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