The Vermont State Board of Education welcomed three new members to the Board at its March 17, 2009 meeting. State Board members are appointed by Governor Jim Douglas.Don Collins, a resident of Swanton, most recently served six years on the Senate Education Committee in the Vermont Legislature, four years as chairman. He has taught mathematics and social studies the middle and high school level, and served as the director of guidance and curriculum at Lamoille Union High School. He served 28 years in administrative positions, including four years as the principal of Ferrisburgh Central School and 14 years as superintendent of the Franklin West Supervisory Union. He also served as director of Project Head Start in Northeastern Vermont and adjunct instructor at four Vermont colleges. He also served as a trustee of the Vermont State Colleges. He is currently chairman of the Swanton School Board. His term expires in 2015.John Hall, currently of West Danville, most recently served five years as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He served on the St. Johnsbury School Board, including stints as chairman, and was a St. Johnsbury Academy trustee from 1977 until his recent appointment to the State Board. He served in the Vermont Legislature from 1993 to 1996, as a member of the House Education Committee and chairman for two years. He then served as the Town Manager of St. Johnsbury until 2000, and was the executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. He also served as Director of the Lyndonville Savings Bank from 1996-2003. He has owned Caledonia Supply Company/NAPA Auto Parts since 1987. He previously served on the State Board of Education from 1987 to 1990. His term expires in 2015.Judith M. Livingston of Manchester currently serves on the following community boards: Bank of Bennington; Northshire Civic Center/Riley Rink; Burr and Burton Academy; Dorset Theatre Festival; Northshire Performing Arts Association; and is Trustee Emerita and former Chairman of Hildene. As a 15-year veteran of the Vermont Legislature representing Manchester, she served for six years on the House Judiciary Committee, two years as vice chair of House Ways and Means, two years each on the Appropriations Committee and the Education Committee and two years as vice-chair of the Commerce Committee. She is the legislative member of the Statehouse Expansion Committee and is currently engaged in forming a private-sector advisory council on Nanotechnology collaborative with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. Her term expires in 2015.
Tags: basketballSummer Hoops Fest For the second time in the event’s nine-year history, the Central region team girls basketball team emerged victorious from the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Summer Hoops Festival – with more than a little help from some area standouts.Cicero-North Syracuse teammates Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe both played for Central, who went a perfect 5-0 in the three-day tournament held last weekend in Johnson City, near Binghamton.Held each summer in early August, the Summer Hoops Fest mirrors the format of the former Empire State Games as all-star teams from all the regions of New York State face each other. There are three games of pool play, followed by semifinals and finals. Sunday morning’s semifinal had Central trailing Rochester 25-24 at halftime, but its depth and balance made the difference in the second half of a 60-46 win, with Lexie Roe (Fayetteville-Manlius) and Kaia Henderson (New Hartford) each producing 11 points.Back in the championship game for the second year in a row, Central met Hudson Valley. Again, it was down one at halfime (31-30), but Cook took over in the third quarter with 16 consecutive points.All told, Cook had 24 points, Streiff got 14 points (11 in the second half) and Catie Cunningham (West Genesee) added 19 points, and Central defeated Hudson Valley 73-53 for the championship.In the boys edition of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival, Baldwinsville star J.J. Starling helped lead Central to a 3-2 record and a semifinals berth.After a narrow 87-86 loss to Mid-Hudson on Friday, Central’s boys team defeated North Country on Saturday morning and then outscored Suffolk County (Long Island) 82-75.In the semifinals on Sunday morning, Central lost a 79-64 decision to Hudson Valley, who eventually dropped the championship game 80-72 to the same Suffolk side Central had beaten a day earlier.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Cook and Rowe were named to a Central region squad that finished second in this same event in 2018 and aimed to go one step further and claim the title it last earned in the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2011.The opener on Friday night pitted Central against Buffalo, and it won 79-63, with everyone on Central’s 12-player roster getting on the scoreboard, including Cook, who finished with 10 points, and Rowe.,In the first of two games on Saturday, Central cranked up its defense against Capital District, pulling away to a 50-29 victory. Then it beat Southern Tier 76-69 later that afternoon, helped by its inside game as Cook got 16 points and Bishop Ludden’s Amarah Streiff poured in 18 points.