Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 2nd, 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 welcomed Rob Evans, Essex Police Chief Brad LaRose, Bob Travers, and Rob Reardon as part of a review of the April 12th lockdown event in Essex Junction. We strongly recommend reviewing the meeting minutes for a timeline of the event itself. The Board was able to ask questions about the incident and coordinated response efforts. We are very fortunate to have detailed plans and contingencies in place for circumstances like these. Everyone involved in the response is to be commended for keeping the safety of our staff and students as the primary goal throughout the day. While it is difficult to ask for a better outcome, even this event was able to become a learning experience for potential future lockdown events.

- The Board was informed and was pleased to learn that Brian Donahue has been hired as the new COO for the EWSD. Brian is a longtime Essex resident and a former CFO of the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union. Brian has served on previous local school boards and is a parent of four children that have gone through the Essex school systems. By welcoming Brian, we are bringing on board someone familiar with the district's structure and needs during this time of unification.

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