LSSU E-Newsletter December 6, 2018

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

After gathering feedback from students, teachers and parents last year we made several improvements to our report cards. Mastery reports for the first quarter of high school were sent out last week, and elementary and middle school reports will be distributed in the next couple of weeks. We incorporated as much of your feedback into these reports as possible and believe they accurately reflect and communicate a student’s learning progress.

In addition to hard copy report cards, middle and high school student report cards can be viewed in PowerSchool Parent Portal and ongoing student learning progress can be viewed through Schoology.

I also wanted to provide you with an update on Act 46 and the VSBE’s recent decision to deny our request for a reconsideration of their decision to force EMUU and SSD to merge.

We are moving forward on three parallel tracks. First, we are building our legal case to appeal the VSBE decision. While this is occurring we are also beginning the process of merging the governance of the SSD and EMUU districts. Finally, we are continuing to operate our schools as we always have: with a laser focus on delivering the highest quality education possible.

The first step toward merging the governance of EMUU and SSD is to hold an organizational meeting of the newly created Lamoille South Unified Union School District. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. and will occur at centrally located Peoples Academy. I recommend that, moving forward, the meetings alternate between Morristown and Stowe.

If you have any questions or concerns about report cards, Act 46 or anything else please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Best,
Tracy

 

EMUU Board Brief
December 4, 2018

Our meeting kicked off with a celebration of Ida Mae Anderson’s 93rd birthday. Ida Mae taught generations of students at Peoples Academy – all of whom she remembers. Her passion for education continues with her role on the school board. Happy Birthday, Ida Mae. Big thanks to our own Anneliese Beach for the stunning and delicious cake.

Act 46 Update
The Vermont State Board of Education’s (VSBE) mandate that EMUU and Stowe merge governance is going to make the next few months busier than usual. We are simultaneously preparing for a merger while also preparing to remain a separate district. This involves our usual EMUU budgeting process, but also includes discussions with Stowe involving board structure, budgets, ownership of property – basically the same articles we ratified when Morristown and Elmore merged. There will be a Transitional Board in place to assist with the early part of this process. 

Despite being required to begin the merger process, we are taking legal action to appeal the VSBE’s decision in the hopes that reconsideration will be given to allow EMUU and Stowe to remain separate districts.

Whatever our final board configuration may be, students in EMUU schools will remain in EMUU schools. Students in Stowe schools will remain in Stowe schools. Academic and extracurricular programming will remain as is. We are committed to ensuring a smooth process for students and staff.

Capital Projects Bond
We continue to need facilities improvements, including additional kindergarten classroom space and additional space for community gatherings, physical education and music instruction. A year ago the Capital Project Committee recommended we table their final proposal in light of volatility in tax projection coming from the governor’s office. It is time to reconsider bringing forth the bond vote.

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

 

SSD Board Brief
December 3, 2018

As we’ve discussed in our prior communications, in order to best advance our community’s interests, the board will follow three separate pathways until there is a final Act 46 determination by the courts and/or legislature. From now until then, we will concurrently: litigate the Vermont State Board of Education’s decision, take steps required by law for a forced merger, and continue to make decisions centered around normal school operations. This is how the board addressed all three courses of action at our December 3rd meeting:

  1. Litigation— This process is underway. An update was provided in executive session.
  2. Forced Merger— Beginning in January, as required by statute, our SU will need to quickly create and organize a transition board, amend the articles of agreement, and get the votes of all three towns approving the articles. Superintendent Wrend walked the board through the draft articles of agreement and explained which articles could and could not be amended. She fielded many questions for legal counsel. Discussion of the articles of agreement is on the agenda for the joint LSSU school board meeting on December 12th.
  3. Normal School Operations— Staff and administration are identifying and prioritizing budget needs. The school budget will be presented to the board on January 7th, with the goal of board approval on January 21st.  Until then, the board will be looking at what investments should be made for this budget, as well as how to move forward with capital project needs.

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

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