LSUU E-Newsletter October 10, 2019

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

All of us at LSUU are looking forward to the upcoming community engagement forum. This is an opportunity to hear from you. What do you want to see as part of your child’s education? What opportunities do you see in the merger of the two school districts into one unified union? What are your hopes and dreams for our students?  This forum is an opportunity for the Board, Administration and staff to hear from the community so please attend if you can.  The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Peoples Academy.  The evening will include a light dinner, student entertainment and an opportunity for small group discussion around two of the board’s key areas of exploration: quality/equity and capital/facilities.  We hope you will join us!

Faculty, staff and students are exploring ways in which we can collaborate as one unified educational community.  This spirit of unity was exemplified by a brief half-time celebration at the Stowe v. PA Varsity Girls soccer game when all gathered for a short celebration and group photo.  After the game, students at both Stowe and PA expressed an interest in finding more ways to connect. I look forward to highlighting more examples of collaborating in the weeks and months ahead. This is an exciting time for the LSUU community. 

Our own Elmore School was recently highlighted in an article in kidsvt.com.  To learn more about what a special place the Elmore School is, please read the article at kidsvt.com.

Best,
Tracy

 

Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
October 7, 2019

LSUU School Board Statement Regarding Jury Verdict in Civil Suit, Bain v Wrend
With the information at hand, both Tracy Wrend and the former Morristown School Board have our support that the proper process took place surrounding the dismissal of David Bain.
Cara Zimmerman, David Bickford, Karen Cleary, Stephanie Craig, Tiffany Donza, Penny Jones (abstaining board member: Leigh Pelletier)

The board would like to recognize Bob Raymond, PA math teacher, and Janet Sanders, PA administrative assistant, both who will be retiring at the end of the school year. The board extends our deepest thanks to both of you for your many years of service to our schools.

Highlights of what the board reviewed in our meeting include:

Middle Level Program Review
Matt Young and Dan Morrison, principals of PAML and SMS, presented information comparing school/class sizes, staff, extracurricular activities, supports for struggling learners, community involvement, traditions, and supplemental funding. 

Community Engagement
Please join us on Monday, October 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm at Peoples Academy Cafeteria. As an opportunity to bring our two communities together, the board will be hosting a community engagement forum so that we can share our hopes and dreams for our schools. Dinner will be served.

GMTCC Board Representative
The board appointed Emily Rosenbaum to be our Green Mountain Technology and Career Center’s representative.

Policy Work
The board did a first read and work session of the following policies, which will be reviewed again at an upcoming meeting:

  1. Education Records - since FERPA does not define “school official,” we will abide by the US DOE’s definition of “school official.”
  2. Public Participation at Board Meetings - we selected the VSBA model policy.
  3. Responsible Use of Electronic Resources & the Internet - the board has some concerns about this policy and will review additional information before adopting. 

At a future meeting, we will work on a Use of Video Surveillance Policy. We tabled the Prevention of Employee Harassment policy until VSBA and VSBIT updates the model policy.

School Closing Procedures
The board reviewed school closing procedures.

Negotiations
Tiffany Donza, Penny Jones, and Cara Zimmerman will represent the board in teacher negotiations.

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