The unified board held a meeting in the Essex High School library on April 5th, 2016. You can find the minutes here. A brief recap of some meeting highlights follows:
-The board has now been sorted into four task forces to work on specific transition tasks. These subcommittees will focus on Communications; Negotiations; Policy; and the Superintendent Hiring Search.
-Mark Andrews and Judy DeNova, Superintendents of the Essex Town School District (ETSD) and Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU) respectively, updated the board on transition work plan progress. Andrews talked about how he has convened school leaders from both organizations to look into harmonizing student information systems, while DeNova informed the board about financial matters, including the hiring of a Project Manager for the transition, Daniel French.
-The new district has a home on the web, at www.ewsd.org. For the moment, the site will display a blog, maintained by the unified school board’s communications task force, designed to share transition updates with the community. After the transition period, it will host a full-featured website for the unified district.