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2018 – 2019 Budget Time and Budget Information

Please Vote

Informational Meeting:

Monday, February 26 at 7:00 pm at the Swanton Municipal Complex


Tuesday, March 6 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

at the Swanton Municipal Complex

Absentee Ballots will be available at the Town Clerk’s Office the week of February 19.  Starting February 19, you can also go into the Town Clerk’s Office between 7 am and 5 pm to vote.


March 6, 2018

How to Register to Vote:


In Person:
Swanton Town Clerk’s Office
1 Academy Street, Swanton VT

Absentee Ballot Requests:

In person:    Swanton Town Clerk’s Office
Call:              (802)868-4421

Budget InformationPredicted Budget Expenditures FY19


Vermont State Law requires our ballot to inform voters that the “Education Spending per Equalized Pupil” has DECREASED by 7.25% over last year.

Swanton’s FY19 Proposed Spending per Equalized Pupil is $13,266


“Education Spending per Equalized Pupil” is:
The proposed School Budget Amount  –  $8,397,480
MINUS anticipated State and Federal Revenues  –  $1,020,990
DIVIDED BY # of Equalized Pupils  –  556.06

Adjustments from last year:

  1. Professional and support staff contract negotiations were completed several months ago and these wage scales are in place for the fiscal year 2019.
  2. New, less expensive, Health Care plans were initiated statewide January 1, 2018.
  3. Health Reimbursement Accounts are now available for most employees.

Fiscal Services have been centralized and are now part of the Central Office Assessment

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Meet and Greet Superintendent’s Candidate



The Franklin Northwest SU Superintendent’s search will be concluding on February 7th. On Wednesday, February 7th , there will be an opportunity for the community to Meet and Greet, and ask questions of all Superintendent’s finalist/s that the search committee moves forward. Your input is valued by the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union School Board so please try to attend.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 7
WHERE: Missisquoi Valley Union High School—Library and Room A32
TIME: 4:15-5:15

This announcement will be on each of the school websites as well
as the Supervisory Union website. We look forward to hearing
your questions and receiving your input so please plan to attend.

SAVE THE DATE – FEBRUARY 7th , 2018 @ 4:15


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Flu Season

Know What to Do if You Get the Flu

Vermont Dept. of Health

BURLINGTON – Flu is widespread across the state, and health officials want to make sure Vermonters know what steps to take to prevent becoming ill, and when to seek treatment.

Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said that flu is on the rise in Vermont, and because the vaccine is less effective against the predominant strain of virus that’s circulating, it’s important that people know what to do if they get sick.

“The H3N2 flu strain is what we are mainly seeing in Vermon

t and around the country,” said Dr. Levine. “This version of the flu can result in more severe illness, with more severe consequences for some people, though even regular flu can be pretty unpleasant.”

It is not too late to get your flu shot, and this is especially important if you are someone at high risk of complications from the flu. People at high risk include: pregnant women, young children, adults 50 years and older, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma and diabetes.

“Some protection is better than zero protection,” said Dr. Levine. “While the vaccine is less effective against H3N2, it works well against other flu strains that are circulating. Getting vaccinated will also help those who have more trouble han


dling the flu if they were to get it, especially babies too young to be vaccinated and those who have weakened immune systems.”

Flu can hit older adults particularly hard. Vermonters age 65+ are encouraged to contact their health care provider to discuss getting vaccines that are designed to give older people a stronger immune response. Dr. Levine recommends that older Vermonters contact their doctor as soon as they suspect they may have the flu. “If you start having flu symptoms, talk to your doctor about antiviral treatment right away. Antiviral drugs are most effective within the first 48 hours of the onset of illness.”

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.


The Health Department is recommending that Vermonters take steps to prevent flu and to know what to do if they become ill:

Get vaccinated. Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot.
Keep germs from spreading: Wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you’re sick.
If you are at high risk of complications from flu, call your doctor as soon as you become ill.

Find more information about flu prevention and treatment:

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Swanton Labyrinth


The kids of Swanton Elementary walk their new labyrinth in a combined Guidance and Physical Education Class. Mr. Juckett and Mrs. Rose thought the labyrinth presented a nice combination of mind and body awareness, so they teamed up to bring the walking labyrinth to the kids. Mrs. Rose says, “We were totally amazed at how much the kids enjoyed the experience. They talked of how peaceful and calm they felt as they walked the path to the center and back again.”