Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 18th, 2017 - Meeting Recap

 The Board of the Essex Westford Educational Community Unified Union School District met on April 4th in the Essex High School library.  Draft minutes are available here. Highlights of the meeting include:

-The Board re-elected Martha Heath to serve as Chair, Kimberly Gleason to serve as Vice Chair and Marla Durham to serve as Clerk for the upcoming year.

-A presentation was held by existing CCSU and ETSD staff detailing the shift towards proficiency based learning both in the state of Vermont and how it shall be addressed in our new district going forward. After a question and answer session, the board approved the first reading of a policy addressing the shift towards PBL and its impact on graduation requirements.

-The Board reviewed the results of the annual meeting and subsequent vote that occurred on April 11th, most notably marking the first passing of a unified budget under Act 46 in the entire state. This is a great milestone and the result of dedicated work by both the Board and existing staff, completed under extraordinary circumstances. The voting turnout is of some concern and an area to be addressed going forward. 

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