Thursday, June 4, 2015

WVTK Local & State News June 4, 2015

Vermont is officially laying off 14 state workers next month. The state has notified the affected employees that they will be losing their jobs on July eleventh. The layoffs include four employees in the Department of Taxes, and two each at the departments of Mental Health and Financial Regulation. Governor Peter Shumlin is also planning to eliminate around 50 vacant positions as he seeks to achieve ten-million-dollars in labor savings.

A public forum is being held tonight in Hinesburg to discuss an April crash that killed a teenage driver and a bicyclist. The family of 17-year-old Joseph Marshall asked for a forum to discuss allegations made against him after his death. The town police chief says Marshall likely would have been charged with murder if he survived because of his negligence. Bicyclist Richard Tom died after being struck by Marshall's out of control car.

The new Shorewell Community Health Center on Route 22A in Shoreham is officially open. The new home of Dr. Allan Curtiss’s Practice is now in it’s new home, one that has plans for expansion. The new $1.8-million facility will eventually become a base of operations for a second physician, dental practice and a bevy of other services that will be offered to citizens regardless of their income and health insurance status. A grand opening for the Shorewell Community Health Center is planned for Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) announced they are lowering rates on new student loans. VSAC says they offer rates as low as 5.50 percent APR for both graduate and undergraduate students who need additional financing for postsecondary education or training. Vermont students attending college in the U.S. or abroad or students from out-of-state attending a Vermont institution are eligible.

The principal at Mount Abraham Union High School will be leaving at the end of the school year. Principal Gaynell Lyman confirmed earlier this week that she will be leaving the position she has held for just one year in order to pursue another career opportunity. Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams has a proposed itinerary that will see a new principal hired by July 21.