A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
In light of the disturbing news from our nation’s capital yesterday, I want to reaffirm our commitment to the safety of all in our community and to the importance of civil discourse. Today our teachers will be working hard helping students understand yesterday’s events in an age appropriate manner, supporting their emotional health and well-being, and, above all, assuring them that they are safe. Here are some additional resources for your family:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers from NASP
- An Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis
- When Bad Things are Happening from Teaching Tolerance
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News from the Child Mind Institute
- How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects
In more mundane news, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed time with your immediate family. Our initial return to school has been successful and we thank everyone for adhering to the State’s health and safety guidance and making a return to the classroom possible.
It will come as no surprise that Town Meeting Day will look different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian ballot system will be utilized for the 2021 Annual School Meeting only.
There are two open school director positions for the 2021 Lamoille South Unified Union Annual Meeting: a three year term School Director position for Morristown and a three year term School Director for Stowe. Any candidate running for an elected position must complete the Consent of Candidate form. The form is available online or can be requested by contacting the Central Office. This form must be completed and returned to your Town Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 25, 2021, in order to be listed on the ballot.
The LSUU Board has been hard at work on the FY22 school district budget. The school board will hold a virtual budget information meeting on Monday, March 1.
Lamoille South Unified Union Board Brief
January 5, 2021
SHS Principal Search – Gretchen Muller has notified us that she will be leaving Stowe High School at the end of this school year. Please join us in wishing her the very best in her new position.
The board and administration has chosen the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist us in finding the next principal for SHS. NESDEC has been completing administrator searches for over thirty years and has an active regional and national recruitment component designed to provide high-performing candidates. This comprehensive search will begin soon and we will continue to provide updates throughout the hiring process, including ways for community involvement.
Board Elections and Budget Information Meeting – In response to the restrictions posed by COVID-19 on large group gatherings, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 162, which allows a municipality to apply the Australian ballot system to any or all of its municipal meetings held in the year 2021 by vote of its legislative body. It also eliminates the requirement for a person to collect voter signatures in order to have the person’s name placed on the ballot as a candidate for a local election that is held at a 2021 municipal meeting.
The LSUU board voted on December 15, 2020, to use the Australian ballot system for the 2021 Annual School Meeting only. Open school director positions for the 2021 Lamoille South Unified Union Annual Meeting are: School Director (Morristown) – 3 year term and School Director (Stowe) – 3 year term.
Any candidate running for an elected position must complete the Consent of Candidate form. The form is available online or can be requested by contacting the Central Office. This form must be completed and returned to your Town Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, January 25, 2021, in order to be listed on the ballot.
We will hold a virtual budget information meeting on Monday, March 1. Additional information will follow.
FY22 Budget Review – The Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) for each town has been received: Elmore – 99.36%; Morristown – 94.39%; Stowe – 87.51%. A decrease in the CLA has the effect of increasing homestead tax rates. Current homestead tax rates are: Elmore – $1.565 (up 8.5 cents); Morristown – $1.648 (up 15.9 cents); Stowe – $1.777 (up 14.5 cents). The statewide non-homestead tax rate is $1.73, an increase of 10.2 cents from the prior year.
We reviewed the three programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that LSUU participates in: Title I, Title II, Title IV, and discussed how funds received are used. MES and PAML are Title I schools.
The current draft FY22 budget totals $32,886.775, an increase from the prior year of $611,025, or 1.9%. We will formally adopt a proposed FY22 budget at our next meeting on January 19.
Tuition Rate – Tuition rates for 2021-2022 are required to be on file with the Agency of Education by January 15. LSUU’s FY22 Announced Tuition rates will be $15,400 for Elementary (grades K-6) and $17,100 for Secondary (grades 7-12).
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