LSSU E-Newsletter April 4, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

The Stowe High School Internship Experience, SHINE, grew out of a focus on one of the key aspects of PBL - empowering students in their learning experiences.  SHINE helps students individualize their learning through an internship-based opportunity. This program allows students to pursue areas of personalized academic learning while gaining applicable, real-world experience.   Internships are a means for children to connect school to the world around them, allowing them to better understand that the academic skills they are learning in the classroom are key to their future success.  We are thrilled that even before the program has finished being set up, we already have five students deeply involved in this style of community-based learning.

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Elmore-Morristown Unified Union and Stowe’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgement was filed with the court on April 1.  A copy of the motion can be found here.

Elections for the new Unified Union board are April 9.  Residents from all three communities can vote on the election of board members for all board seats, for candidates from Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe.  Please vote early or on April 9 at your local polling place.

Principal Searches
Lastly, I’d like to thank parents, faculty, staff, and students for your contributions and participation in our principal search processes. Together, we attracted and selected outstanding candidates, and have already begun to establish the foundations for a successful welcome and transition.  

Matthew Young has been selected as the principal of Peoples Academy Middle Level. Mr. Young currently serves as Principal at Doty Memorial School in Worcester, Vermont. Young is an accomplished leader with 15 years of combined teaching and administrative experience.

Nina Slade has been selected as the principal of Stowe Elementary School. Ms. Slade currently serves as Associate Principal at Nantucket Elementary School in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  Ms. Slade is an accomplished leader with 34 years of combined experience in the areas of teaching, administration, building community partnerships and designing professional development.  



EMUU Board Brief
April 2, 2019

The board received an update on the recent LSUU Transition Board meeting. The Transition Board, which consists of two members from both the EMUU and Stowe school districts, approved a draft budget for recommendation to the LSUU Board.

The public is encouraged to vote on candidates for the Lamoille South Unified Union (LSUU) board. LSUU is the new, merged district created by the State Board of Education’s decision to merge the EMUU and Stowe School Districts. The LSUU board will be comprised of one representative from Elmore, and three representatives each from the towns of Morristown and Stowe. Voting will take place Tuesday, April 9, and be held in the Town Offices of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Early voting is available now.  The first meeting of the LSUU Board will be on Friday, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Stowe Elementary School.

The board interviewed candidates for the EMUU board seat left vacant by Ida Mae Anderson’s passing. The board selected Dave McAllister from three excellent applicants. Dave brings his experience as a former board member, capital projects committee chair, LSSU board member, negotiations committee member, and active parent and contributor to our school community. Welcome back, Dave.

The board interviewed Matthew Young for the position of Peoples Academy Middle Level principal. We are pleased to announce his appointment, effective July 1, 2019.  Mr. Young is currently employed at Doty Memorial School in Worcester.  He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our district and we look forward to working with him in the coming year.

LSSU’s E-Newsletter, including Board Briefs will be posted at the Thursday following each board meeting. You can read it there, or receive it directly by email by subscribing. More detailed information regarding Elmore-Morristown Unified Union School Board meetings can be found in our board minutes:


SSD Board Brief
April 1, 2019

Important: Vote for merged district LSUU Directors on April 9th!

The SSD Board continues to concurrently: 1. appeal the Vermont State Board of Education’s decision, 2. take steps required by law for a forced merger, and 3. make decisions centered around normal school operations.

Appeal Forced Merger Decision—Both litigation and legislation continue as discussed at our last meeting.

Meeting Forced Merger RequirementsMerged Budget: The schedule for approval of a merged budget is as follows:

April 8th, merged budget available online to public
April 12th at 6:00 pm, newly elected LSUU Board meets and adopts a merged budget (SES Music Room)
April 19th, budget warned
May 23rd, informational meeting held (Location: TBD)
May 28th, all 3 towns vote to approve budget.

LSUU Board Seat Elections: The LSUU Board Seat Elections (3 Stowe, 3 Morristown, 1 Elmore) will be held on April 9th. The following Stowe representatives have submitted petitions: Cara Zimmerman, 1 year seat; Leigh Pelletier, 2 year seat; Tiffany Donza, 3 year seat. Please make sure to vote!

Normal School OperationsSES Principal: The board is pleased to announce that Nina Slade, currently associate principal at Nantucket Elementary School, will be our SES principal next year. Thank you to Dan Morrison and the search committee for developing and executing a thorough process that has brought us an outstanding new principal. Efficiency Vermont: By updating our SMS/SHS boiler and controls, our district will save approximately 25% in energy costs this year and will receive a $15,100 rebate. Further savings will come from the replacement of the SES boiler and controls this summer, a budgeted expenditure that was approved at our last meeting. Awards/Recognition: Congratulations to Patti Tomashot for being recognized as the Vermont School Counselor of the Year! Staff/Faculty Changes: Steve Buzzell will be leaving his position as SMS 7th grade teacher. We welcome Kaitlin Johnson (SES kindergarten) and Casie Grossman (SHS history) to the Stowe schools.

LSSU’s E-Newsletter, including Board Briefs will be posted at the Thursday following each board meeting. You can read it there, or receive it directly by email by subscribing. More detailed information regarding Stowe School Board meetings can be found in our board minutes:


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