Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

September 20th Board Meeting

The EWECUUSD Unified Board will next meet on September 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Essex High School library.  See the agenda for details.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Negotiations Subcommittee Meeting Sept. 21

The Negotiations Task Team will next meet on September 21st.  See the attached agenda for details.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 6th Board Meeting Recap

The unified board met on September 6th, 2016, in the Essex High School library.  Draft minutes are posted here.  Highlights of the meeting include:

-Three representatives of Vermont’s Department of Health attended the meeting to gauge board and administration interest in conducting a Health Impact Assessment around the transportation plan for the new district.  The assessment would be conducted at no cost to our towns and could provide valuable insights into possible positive and negative consequences of the likely changes to transportation, helping the district to make good decisions around busing.  The board agreed to have the Department of Health conduct the assessment and engage with the community around transportation.

-Mark Drapa, chair of the Westford School Board, gave a detailed presentation to the board about the ongoing discussions in Westford about the future ownership and access to the parcels of land surrounding the Westford School.  Westford voters are scheduled to vote in October about transferring ownership of certain adjoining lands to the Town of Westford, to formalize the traditional arrangements of use and maintenance.  Board and administration members raised a number of questions around future use of the lands by students and teachers.

-The board had its first reading of mandatory policies on Transportation and Class Size. The Policy Committee is asked to revise the policies to remove references to Supervisory Unions, and the administration is asked to present to the board for review all the procedures that they will develop in future to flesh out the details of how these important policies will work.

More details on these aspects of the meeting, and much more (including documents reviewed at the meeting), can be found in the minutes (linked above).  The board will next convene on September 20th.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Communications Subcommittee Meeting September 13

The board's Communications task team will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 13 at 12:30 pm at Excelerate Essex.  The purpose of the meeting is to liaise with representatives of Vermont's Department of Health who will conduct a Health Impact Assessment in our district.  The purpose of the assessment is to inform the transportation plan for the new district.  Read the agenda here.