The Boards of each of the districts that comprise the Lamoille South Supervisory Union, Elmore, Morristown and Stowe, have been paying attention to state-wide and local discussions about consolidation and school governance. Because many believe that consolidation can improve educational programs for children and reduce costs, it is important that we have a common understanding of what we mean by consolidation and have sound information about the implications of the options for consolidation for our children and communities. To that end, the Boards of each district agreed to participate cooperatively in an exploratory process. This webpage provides information and resources regarding the work underway.
The first phase of the process was the completion of a study, a data analysis of financial, demographic and school operations involving schools and school districts within the Lamoille South Supervisory Union in Fall, 2009. This study, Phase 1 Study of Governance Options, explored the factors related to possible changes in the roles, relationships, and responsibilities between and among the districts. It is an objective review of data that provides a baseline and a summary of options.
Subsequent to the completion of the Phase 1 Study of Governance Options, the LSSU board approved the appointment of a committee to continue preliminary explorations. The committee’s official title is the Optional Educational Structures Committee (OESC). It is comprised of community members and students from Elmore, Morristown and Stowe and is facilitated by Dr. Raymond Proulx. The committee’s work supplements the study by delving into issues of education quality, equity, communities’ priorities and values, and the important role schools play in Elmore, Morristown and Stowe. The committee’s charge is to consider the options for educational delivery outlined in LSSU’s Phase 1 Study of Governance Options, engage in public dialogue about these options, and to recommend a direction for public policy for consideration by our school boards. The OESC's work is to be completed by mid-December, 2010.
More information from the Optional Educational Structures Committee
The towns of Elmore, Morrisville, Stowe, and Wolcott are considering the formation of a consolidated school district called a Regional Education District, or RED. Click here for more information.