LSSU E-Newsletter March 21, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

I am pleased to highlight another example of outstanding work in our schools.  The Faces of Our Community is acollaboration between the town of Morrisville and Peoples Academy. This project represents the instructional innovation and rigorous, authentic learning that that can be enhanced through attention to the beliefs and practices of proficiency-based learning.  

The goal of the project is to help students get to know and understand the “who, what, and how of Morrisville” and how each one of us helps to create a sustainable community.  Community interviews gave students opportunities to practice speaking and listening, and led to narrative writing practice.  Student narratives will continue to take shape into short performance pieces.  Simultaneously, students worked on painting actual faces of our community members.  Students practiced and gained skills in all of our art proficiencies - creating, connecting, presenting and responding. The project will culminate in May with a performance and celebration.  

Residents of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe are encouraged to vote on candidates for the board of the Lamoille South Unified Union School District. The Lamoille South Unified Union School District is the new, merged District created by the State Board of Education’s decision to merge the EMUU and Stowe School Districts.

The new board is comprised of seven members, one representative from Elmore, and three representatives from each of the towns of Morristown and Stowe.  Residents of all communities may vote on all candidates for all seats. Voting will be held in the Town Offices of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe on Tuesday, April 9, between the hours of 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.  Early voting is also available now.   

If our districts merge this new Board will play an instrumental role in decisions that impact our children’s education. Please vote!

Last week the Senate Education Committee advanced the House bill that would provide a one-year delay to some communities that are in the process of merging as a result of the State Board of Education final order under Act 46. The bill advanced by the Senate Education Committee would grant the communities of Stowe, Elmore and Morristown until July 1, 2020, to merge so long as the newly elected, merged board has voted in favor of a delay.  The bill is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee where they will be reviewing the small schools grant language.  You can expect additional updates in future editions of the E-newsletter.



EMUU Board Brief
March 19, 2019

Our meeting began by welcoming new board member Kaitlyn Jones and reorganizing board member roles. The current board structure is as follows: Stephanie Craig, chair; Penny Jones, vice chair; Christy Snipp, clerk.  EMUU representatives to the LSSU board are: Stephanie Craig, Penny Jones, Karen Cleary and David Bickford.

The next regular LSSU meeting will be held Wednesday, March 27, beginning at 6:00pm at Morristown Elementary School.

The LSUU transitional board (the merged district if EMUU and Stowe merge) will also be meeting on March 27, at noon in the superintendent’s office. The board will continue review of a draft merged budget.  Board elections for LSUU will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at your local town office. Early voting has begun.

We will hold a LSUU budget informational meeting on Thursday, May 23, with an Australian budget vote on Tuesday, May 28.  Please mark your calendars with these dates.

The PAML principal search is underway.  Applications have been received and are under review.

We await a decision on H.39, the bill which would grant a one-year delay for districts that did not bring a proposal for unification to the electorate. The Senate Education committee passed an amended version of H.39 which grants the merged board of the new unified union the authority to determine whether to merge July 1, 2019, or July 1, 2020. The amended H.39 is now in the Senate Appropriations committee and we await their decision. The bill should head to a Senate vote once it passes out of the Senate Appropriations committee.  

The court date for the appeal of our forced merger is set for April 22, at 2:00pm, in the Franklin County Courthouse in St. Albans.

Finally, our board is mourning the loss of Ida Mae Anderson. Ida Mae contributed a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our meetings. She was strong in her convictions and clear in her vision for the district. We will remember and honor her in the work we continue to do on behalf of all students. Ida Mae taught countless generations of children in Morrisville. She fondly remembered her students (by name!) and remained active in the PA Alumni Association. She was a huge advocate for PA’s chorus and drama programs.

Ida Mae’s seat on the board will be filled at our next EMUU meeting, April 2. It is an at-large seat, and eligible to be filled by a resident of Morristown or Elmore. Please contact the superintendent’s office if you would like to interview for the position at (802) 888-4541 or by email at [email protected].

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
March 18, 2019

Important: Vote for merged district LSUU Board 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.

  1. Appeal Forced Merger DecisionLitigation: Our next hearing is scheduled for April 22 at 2:00 pm. Legislation: Last week, the Senate Education Committee approved a modified version of H.39. We will continue to be engaged and will monitor the progress of this bill. The Board approved continuing with lobbying services through April.
  2. Meeting Forced Merger RequirementsMerged Budget: The LSUU Transition Board will meet on March 27 to continue working on a draft merged budget (LSSU Office, Morristown). Schedule for merged budget: April 8, merged budget available online to public; April 10, newly-elected LSUU Board meets (SES Music Room) and adopts a merged budget; April 19, budget warned; May 23, informational meeting held (Location: TBD); May 28, 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.
  3. Normal School OperationsSES Principal Search: The committee (Dan Morrison, Chair, Brian Barney, Soraya Reina, Gretchen Casey, Maddy Hulbert and Chelsea Stetson) has completed the first round of interviews. The committee is determining how to proceed so that candidates are available to engage with the SES community.  SHS Graduation Date: Saturday, June 15.  Capital Projects: SES roof replacement above the gym/library and SES boiler room upgrades approved.  Don McDowell: The Board extends our deepest appreciation to Don McDowell for his many years of teaching and inspiring students to pursue careers in the sciences. We wish him the best in his retirement.

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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