A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
The board approved a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year for consideration by the electorate of LSUU on Town Meeting Day at their board meeting this week. While the budget proposal looks different than it has the past due to the merger, the basic components are the same. The board was extremely thoughtful about plans to continue the current, valued and high quality academic and extracurricular programming offered in all schools of LSUU, while also thinking about strategies for ensuring expanded student access to opportunities without adding costs. The factors that are impacting the overall increase in the budget are largely outside the control of the board and are not due to the merger. The cost drivers include increases in health insurance premium rates, increased transportation costs, and inflationary increases for existing services. Additionally, as has often been the case in the past, the Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) is a significant factor in the final estimated tax rates for each town.
Detailed information about the proposed budget will be included in LSUU’s Annual Report which will be available in the coming weeks. Information will also be posted on the LSUU website and the board will be pursuing additional opportunities to share information and answer your questions. Please stay tuned!
Voters of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe are encouraged to mark your calendars and attend the Annual Meeting at 6:00pm on Monday, March 2, 2020, in the Peoples Academy gymnasium, and plan on voting early or on Town Meeting Day in your local municipal offices.
In so many ways, our school systems represent the heart of what is most important in the communities of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe. As part of our mission, we strive to fill a large part of a continuum of lifelong learning opportunities which enhances the economic and democratic fabric that weaves our communities together and enhances vitality and vibrancy in our region. Our school system is dependent upon your continued support.
Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
January 20, 2020
Three seats are open on the LSUU board: two for residents of Stowe (one year term and three-year term) and one for a resident of Morristown (three-year term). Petitions and Consent of Candidate forms are available from any town clerk or LSUU. The forms must be returned to a town clerk with petition signatures from the candidate’s town of residence no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 27. Board elections will be held on Town Meeting Day, March 3.
Board members continued to discuss and review the 2020-2021 LSUU budget. The draft budget presented was revised to reflect an increase in funding for athletic trainer services across the district, the addition of a custodial position in Stowe and a reduction in the capital fund transfer.
The proposed $32,275,750 budget adopted reflects an increase of 3.78%. This increase is primarily due to rising health care and transportation costs and not the merger of Elmore-Morristown and Stowe. Join us at our Annual Meeting on Monday, March 2, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Copley Gymnasium at Peoples Academy for additional information on the FY21 budget. The vote on the FY21 budget will be held on Tuesday, March 3, at your local town office.
The Percy family began providing bus transportation for Stowe schools in the late 1960s, with Elaine Percy taking the helm of Percy Transportation in 2004. Elaine has decided to take a well-deserved retirement, and as of June 30, 2020 Percy Transportation will no longer be the bus service provider for Stowe schools. We appreciate our long-standing relationship with them and wish Elaine the best.
We also appreciate that Lamoille Valley Transportation is willing to expand its existing territory and has submitted a bid to be the bus service provider to all schools in Lamoille South. The board approved the three-year contract submitted by Lamoille Valley Transportation, beginning July 1, 2020.
Elmore Lunch Exemption
The breakfast and lunch program exemption for the Elmore School needs to be approved each year. The board has decided to continue the exemption for the 2020-2021 school year.
Morristown Planning Commission - Education Chapter of Town Plan
Board members reviewed communication received from the Morristown Planning Commission asking for input into the Education Chapter of the Morristown Town Plan. We will be inviting representatives from the Planning Commission to attend an upcoming meeting for further discussion.
LSUU’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 Lamoille South Unified Union School Board meetings can be found in our board minutes: https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/lsuu-board.php