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Just as the snow seemed to be disappearing, a new covering provided an early April Fool’s joke to the recently returned robins. This flock, though, was able to find some food poking through the snow under an old apple tree
- Smith photo

Lamoille South's NECAP Scores

     by Andrew Martin

    The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores for tests administered in the fall of 2010 have been officially released for schools in Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU). The NECAP exams are designed to assess how well students have learned the skills and content contained in Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. They are actually given in collaboration with Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, and in Vermont they are given to all public school students in grades three through eight and also to those in grade 11.
    In Vermont 2010 was the fifth year of results for NECAP exams in grades three through eight and the third year of results for grade 11. The NECAP exams administered in the fall are on the subjects of reading, math, and writing. There is also a science NECAP exam that is given in the spring of each year for grades four, eight, and 11. Students who take the exams are placed in one of four categories or levels: Level 4 meaning Proficient with Distinction; Level 3 meaning Proficient; Level 2 meaning Partially Proficient; and Level 1 meaning Substantially Below Proficient.
    The two high schools in LSSU, Peoples Academy and Stowe High School, saw varying results in their test scores. 72 juniors took the Reading NECAP at Peoples Academy, while 58 juniors took the exam at Stowe. At PA, only 6% tested into Level 4, but 64% did test into Level 3. 18% of students showed results in Level 2, and 13% fell into Level 1. Stowe saw 53% of its juniors test into Level 4 and 33% test into Level 3, while only 12% fell into Level 2 and 2% fell into Level 1. In comparison, the statewide NECAP Reading results, which were conducted on 6,871 juniors around the state,  showed 29% of juniors testing into Level 4, 43% falling into Level 3, 18% testing into Level 2, and 11% falling into Level 1.
   

In what is becoming an annual event, an African Dinner was held as a fundraiser for Ballet Wolcott Saturday night, March 26, at the Wolcott Town Hall. About 50 people came out for demonstrations of West African dance and drumming, and a dinner and dessert of foods from Ghana.

-Photo Courtesy of Ballet Wolcott


MWL Plans New Headworks


    by Mickey Smith

    MORRISTOWN - The final piece of the upgrade of the Morristown Waste Water Treatment Plant is expected to occur this summer, as Morrisville Water & Light has received the permit and funding for a new “headworks facility” at the South River Road plant.
    MW&L Manager Craig Myotte explained the headworks facility is where the raw sewage enters the treatment plant and is the initial phase of treating the waste water.
The new headworks facility completes the project, which included bringing several issues into compliance that were discovered during a 2006 study.  The study, which Myotte said was performed by an outside engineering firm, identified and recommended a plan to address deficiencies at the plant.  The largest piece of the proposal included the construction of the new waste water treatment facility, which was completed in 2010.
The upgrades to the headworks facility will address electrical issues, fire protection standards and codes, as well as ventilation standards and codes.
    Myotte said MW&L decided to go ahead with the project this year because grant money became available to cover 100% of the estimated $900,000 needed for the upgrade.  Myotte said along with addressing the compliance issues, the new headworks will include the installation of a grit removal system.  By removing grit from the waste water flowing into the facility will reduce wear and tear on equipment in the plant and increase the efficiency.
    The new building will be 1,292 square feet and be 23 feet high, about four feet higher than the other buildings at the plant.  It will be built next to the current headworks building, which remains from before the plant was upgraded.
    Myotte said the conditional use permit was granted on March 10 and a request for construction bids has been issued.  Myotte said the project is expected to be constructed and in operation this year, and will compete the plant upgrade which began in 2008.  


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