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Schools for sale
A price has been placed on the former Dana School on East Street. The proposed price tag is $290,000. The century-old building needs major repairs. It had been home to the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department until last year.
Also for sale is the former Watkins Avenue School. Its asking price is $209,500.

Arts & Culture
Rutland Free Library- readers have recently reviewed Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot; Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Jonathan Glapion; and Railsea by China Miéville. See what their readers think on the library's website.

The Backpack Theatre touring youth actors group presents Gingerbread Tales and other fun at the Fox Room Wednesday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m.

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center- A pair of week-long sessions for youth are planned for July. The week of July 9-13, youth ages 6 through 8 learn about the four basic elements of earth, wind, fire, and water as they "battle fire-breathing dragons, search for the water of life, mine the earth with dwarves, and ride the four winds to the castle that lies east of the sun and west of the moon."  Participants of this camp will explore the four elements and the natural environment through books, theme-based sculptural projects and creative movement.

The following week's Sculpture Explosion gives 9- through 12-year-olds the opportunity to try a variety of sculptural methods and materials, including working with stone. To register or find out more, call 438-2097.

Rutland's Rec Department-Outdoor art camps for ages 6 through 10 will be held during the weeks of June 25 and July 9; these are big, messy projects using a variety of materials and techniques.

Three- to five-year-olds may explore art with a medieval theme the weeks of July 23 and August 13.  For the Love of Color Paint Camp is for ages 11 through 14 the week of July 30. The 10 participant artists learn color theory, brush strokes, skill and technique, plus application each morning. Acrylic Paint Camp is a three-day afternoon camp for 9- to 12-year-olds; the others are all morning sessions. Visit with Jen, 345-8881, about any of these; registration is at the Rec Department offices, 1 Deer Street.

Summer Theatre Camps are also available to keep your young folk busy this summer. There's a Create Your Own Play workshop in the morning and a mid-day No Fear Shakespeare workshop from July 9 through the 20th. Both are for grades 3 through 6. Similar sessions for kindergarten through second grades follow July 23 through August 3.

The Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County - Also provides summer camp program opportunities. Call 747-4944 to learn what your young people can learn about the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; health and life skills; education and career development; and character and leadership development.

Education news
The top four Rutland school administrators are receiving substantial raises, nearly 3 percent per year, and contracts that cover the next two years.
Robert Bliss, assistant superintendent; Eloise McGarry, support services director; and Mary Moran, overall superintendent all are contracted through June 30, 2014. Peter Amons, chief financial officer for the district, receive a contract that extends a year longer. The hiring agent is Rutland School Board.
In comparison, teachers received a 3 percent raise per year for each of the next four years; taxpayers provided 87 percent of health insurance.
Financial advisor Rob Kurchena joins the Rutland school board this summer, replacing Collin Fingon. Fingon resigned because he has moved out of the city.

Lani's picks
Friday, June 22 - Listen to Bow Thayer & Holy Plow at 7 p.m., Satin & Steel at 8:35 in downtown Rutland as Friday Night Live opens its 2012 summer season. 773-9380.
Friday, June 22 - Tuttle Hall, College of St. Joseph, hosts the annual Night of Italian arias, performed by five professional vocalists. Auction, raffle, and ticket sales proceeds flow into the college's annual fund for student scholarships. 776-5264.
Friday, June 22- All ages and levels are welcome at Friday yoga sessions in Main Street Park at 12-noon. Class is free; six yoga instructors have donated their time.
Fri. - Sat., June 22-23 - Vermont Actors' Repertory Theatre's showcases readings of Special Deliveries, a musical comedy by Vermont author Harrison Lebowitz and composer Kyle de Tamowsky. 775-0903.
Saturday, June 23 - Relay for Life of Rutland County benefits American Cancer Society at the Vermont State Fairgrounds.

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