Bennington Banner Newspaper Archives May 14 1966, Page 5

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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - May 14, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Here a areas school distracting Complex in 4one easy lesson Bennington Southwest supervisory Union Board mrm brr to july i 1966�?ari inf ton. Pownal. Woodford. Shaftsbury and greater Bennington Rural districts after july i 1966�?sa or or rpm no Goral or Bennington ii c supt. Leon Wagner responsible to and work with individual supervisory Union member District Board to Ardo a a f in directors Arlington Tom n school District schools a voter and taxpayer to Ard of directors Fleet Pownal town school District schools voter and taxpayer Board of directors schools rare Nelv of Elm Woodford to Csc Hoo District voter and taxpayer merged into North Pownal inc Oris Ira Ivd school Hist. 7 elect inboard of Shaftsbury Tow no Hool District voter and taxpayer directors f schools diagram and text by Bob Hagerman elect Sio. Bennington crash school District inc voter and taxpayer boar Doe directors sch Nils Frid. Committee Beech Street and Molly Stark school t elect 2 7 elect greater Bennington str Al so sch is District inc. Voter and taxpayers eau elect Bennington or ded v Village school District voter and taxpayer Board of trustees by Iii go inst Quot cd Hitney bran. Firm. School director elect i director elect 2 director this diagram which vaguely resembles a circuitry plan for an ism computer attempts to set Forth the Complex and interlocking relationships of the various Bennington area school districts. One unfortunate bit of terminology the word a Union Quot is used in the titles of two kinds of Supra-di8tricts and thereby probably contributes significantly to the confusion of area residents when it comes to school distracting matters. For the it. Anthony Union High school District and the two supervisory Union districts the member districts of each Are Basic to the both unions functions and responsibilities. But the purposes of the two kinds of unions varies considerably. In the Case of the Union High school District the member districts themselves actually voted to Transfer responsibility for the education of grades 7-12 to this District. It is a body politic which owns schools and other property hires teachers and does All the other things pertinent to running an actual school system. It does not however have any direct taxing Powers such the individual member districts do. Instead it assesses the member districts on the basis of their respective enrolments in the Union school system the member districts in turn must approve As part of their District tax rate a sufficient amount to cover their respective assessments. The supervisory Union on the other hand is a creature of the state and is basically just a convenient administrative unit which joins together certain member districts so that together they can hire a superintendent and other staff personnel to administer each member districts affairs. The supervisory Union As such operates no schools and has no students. The costs of running a supervisory Union office and paying its personnel Are shared among the member districts making up the Union Ona basis agreed upon by the delegates which the member districts have on the supervisory Union Board. As of july i the it. Anthony District will be assuming responsibility for grades 7-12 for its member districts. This Means that after that Date the member districts themselves will have responsibility Only for grades k-6. Another significant change also taking place As of july i will be the merger of the Bennington graded Village and greater Bennington Rural school districts into the new Bennington school District inc. This is in no Way like the formation of the Union High school District where the member districts retain their existence and whose interests Are reflected in the representation of each through elected directors on the Union school Board. In the Case of the merger both of the Bennington districts will no longer exist passing on All assets liabilities and responsibilities to the new larger District. In regard to the supervisory unions members of carious local school boards have Given some thought to How these might be realigned in View of the various changes in current local districts which Are taking place. As matters now stand five of the present six it. Anthony member districts a Pownal Shaftsbury Woodford North Bennington and the greater Bennington Rural districts a Are under the Bennington Southwest supervisory Union whose superintend i. Elect 2 director merge into merge into it. Anthony schools Board of Union High school new High school directors some changes May be made District grades 7-12 Benki to be Junior High shool 7 a no direct taxing Power end assessment to cack member District figured on basis of enrolment voters of Union District however must approve annual budget. Dent is Leon Wagner while the it. Anthony District itself is under the administration of supt. Howard f. Kelley of the Bennington South supervisory Union. The Bennington Rural District however is one of those taking part in the Bennington merger and at that Point will leave Wagner a jurisdiction As part of the larger District and pass to Kelley a. From a practical operating standpoint Wagner the year after next May no longer have to worry about Woodfords school system either. This town school District at that time is Likely to cease operating its own school and instead Send its students to the Bennington District on a contracted tuition basis. What would appear then to be the most logical change would be to regroup the member districts in the Southwest supervisory Union shifting the remaining three it. Anthony member districts into Kelley a jurisdiction and shifting the Arlington town school District which otherwise bears no relationship to any of the Bennington area districts to perhaps the Bennington Rutland supervisory Union to the North. Such a change would mean that the Bennington South supervisory Union superintendent would have comprehensive jurisdiction Over education in grades k-12 for All the member districts of them. Anthony Union and Only those districts. The Only question would be whether such coverage might not be More than one Man could properly handle. But the final decision on this or any other change is a responsibility of the state Board of education though in making any change the state Board will undoubtedly consult with the local districts before doing so. A final note on the Bennington school District merger the Bennington elementary Pat will be sponsoring a program wednesday evening. May 25, at which a panel of school Board members and administration representatives will give a Brief description of the merger and what it will mean for residents and students in the two merging districts. The panel will then answer questions from the floor. The meeting will be open to All interested persons. To flirt 4 director previously \ Ilia and Rural District cack elected 2 director i 7 combined schools except for Reni after 1966-67 plan now being developed for new Clemen a school Bennington so inc Hil District incorporated merger Goe into effect july i 1966 directors to july 1966�? Board made up of Board of the two merging dim dirt working jointly. In july new Board of even director to be elected at urge the supervisory Union Board a also hired Numerof key personnel. All responsible to supt. Kelley who serve both the Union member on a joint basis Assi supt. In charge of Pupil personnel services. George a. Sleeman head custodian. Moran Woodward and business manager a Post now vacant but being filled. Supt. Howard f. Kelley responsible to and work with individual supervisory Union member District Board i i a a a i i 5 h in it director of elementary education Raymond c. Roy or. Bennington South supervisory Union Board member to july i. 1966�? it. Anthony and Bennington graded Village District after july i 1966�?mi. Anthon and Bennington Merced to to to it to new area Motel owner tells How he survived soviet prison Camps by John Hamilton the vermonter Motel and restaurant on West Road one of Bennington s More Well known tourist facilities was purchased last fall by a 47-year-old native of Germany whose life Story were it Ever fully told would probably Strain the credulity of most americans. The new owner of the vermonter is Alfred severs most recently of Flushing . Who was born on a farm near Bremerhaven Germany and who was drafted at the age of 19 into the German army shortly before the outbreak of the second world War. Until he was captured by the russians in 1945 at the fall of Breslau Poland severs saw action on Many fronts serving As a foot Soldier in an armoured division. Severs participated in the first Campaign against the soviets which was halted by the severe russian Winter of 1941-42. He remembers temperatures falling to 52 degrees below Zero and he was among the shivering troops Clad in summer uniforms who for months struggled less with the enemy than with death by freezing. Captured in the West by free French forces in 1944, severs escaped a Bare two hours later an exploit he describes As a the biggest mistake in my for he was returned to the Eastern front was wounded and hospitalized at Breslau and was taken prisoner by the russians when the polish City fell. Severs spent the next four years in 14 different concentration Camps in the soviet Union a they wanted us to die Quot he recalls a and most of his comrades did. Once in 1946, he attempted an escape and Only the intercession of ukrainian peasants a whom severs remembers with now vermonters a Alfred severs who purchased the vermonter Motel and restaurant recently from or. And mrs. Francis Field stands Here with his wife Catherina and their two children Marlene now a first grader at the Beech Street school and Herby an eighth grader at Molly Stark. The severs were All born in Germany except Marlene who became a . Citizen before her parents. Hamilton gratitude and affection for this and for other mercies a prevented his immediate execution. Returned to the Camp he was confined without food until a second Miracle happened the Camp was visited by a team of doctors who asked to see All the prisoners. Severs weighing 85 pounds and barely alive was removed to a Hospital. Released from Russia in 1949 severs returned to Germany where two years later he married his wife Catherine like himself the child of Bremerhaven Farmers. In 1955, with a few dollars in his pocket he brought his family to America to Start life anew. Of the entire War experience. Severs remarks that a the Best to years of my life were he discusses the War with reluctance saying simply to survived that s Here in his adopted country see severs Page 7, col. 3

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