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MMMUSD-CESU School Board Updates


Chittenden East Supervisory Union is composed of two school districts: Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District (MMMUSD) and Huntington School District. Representatives of each compose a CESU board.

Upcoming Meetings

4-28-17

School Board Meeting

Our next school board meeting is Monday May 1st, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School. The board will hear from the student representatives and the public, receive two financial compliance reports from the Superintendent (Conditions & Activities and Planning & Budgeting), approve a new Community Engagement committee charge, and consider a school board meeting calendar for next year and a multi-year policy governance review cycle. We will also hear from committees: Policy (working on clarifying policy in contrast to procedure in policy governance), Finance (monitoring), Negotiations (negotiating teacher and staff contracts to begin July 1), Community Engagement (supporting the board to inform district goals).

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and/or third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.





4-14

School Board Meeting

Our next school board meeting is Monday April 17th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School. The board will hear from the student representatives and the public, receive a report from the Superintendent, receive board compliance reports on Delegating to the Superintendent and Monitoring Superintendent Performance, consider a draft school board meeting calendar for next year and a draft policy governance review cycle. We will also hear from committees: Policy (working on clarifying policy in contrast to procedure in policy governance), Finance (monitoring), Negotiations (negotiating teacher and staff contracts to begin July 1), Community Engagement (conducting meetings and surveys to inform district goals), and Assessment (ensuring fairness in shared services between both districts).

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately

3-1-17


School Budget

The third and final public information session for the the proposed 2017-18 Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District budget (including the Chittenden East Supervisory Union budgets) is scheduled for 6:30 PM Thursday March 2nd at Browns River Middle School.

The school board and administration continuously strive to improve the quality and delivery of education while optimizing taxpayer dollars. Based on preliminary guidance from the State and subject to further legislative action, and prior to the Common Level of Appraisal unique to each town each year, this budget's estimated impact on our local property taxes is:

Decrease by 0.77% in Richmond, Jericho, and Underhill

Decrease by 3.7% in Bolton (and be the same as Richmond, Underhill, and Jericho in future years)

Increase by 0.5% in Huntington (Huntington’s rate includes Brewster Pierce)

Budget highlights include:

Educational Spending per equalized pupil increase of 1.77%

Overall budget increase of 2.45%

Budget summary: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8ChCtNMJ43SY0x5dlZtYU9vdHc/view

Detailed budget information and other reports: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1azMUJTEsSkJoJCvDj9MxuPthPOUbW6C50uP1vJXhKuQ/view


Please Vote Tuesday March 7th from 7AM to 7PM:

Bolton - Smilie Memorial School

Huntington - Brewster Pierce Memorial school (starting at 6:30 AM)

Jericho - Mount Mansfield Union High School

Underhill - Browns River Middle School

Richmond - Camel’s Hump Middle School

3-17-17

School Board Meeting

Thank you for your support! The Mount Mansfield budget passed 1964 to 922 -- we appreciate your confidence. Joining our board is Ethan Maurer from Huntington. He replaces “retiring” Dave Clark who will be sorely missed (Dave will continue to assist us with negotiations through the current cycle). Edye Graning, Kevin Campbell, Leslie Kanat, and Michael Marks were all re-elected.

Our next school board meeting is Monday March 20 at 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School. The board will elect officers, decide on committees and committee members, and other routine post-election business. After hearing from the student representatives and any community comments, we will receive two Policy Governance Monitoring reports, discuss the Superintendent evaluation process, and hear updates from committees. As part of our consent agenda, the 2017-18 school calendar, consistent with previous years, will be approved. http://www.cesuvt.org/calendars/nextyear

The Board is reviewing and updating the goals for our schools, and is meeting with small groups around the district. Please also help us by completing a community survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolboardcommunitysurvey

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.

2-21-17

Approved MMMUSD/CESU Board Statement

February 20, 2017

1— The Board and the District express their appreciation to Phil Jacobs for his many years of service and dedication to the MMU community.

2— The Board has received public comments related to the MMU Boys Soccer position. The Board greatly respects the right of the public to comment and has carefully listened to these comments.

3—By state law and the policies that govern this district, the responsibility for making personnel decisions related to positions such as the MMU Boys Soccer position rests with the Administration.

4—Out of respect for the privacy of all employees and legal concerns the Board does not comment on personnel matters.

5—The Board will take no further action concerning the MMU Boys Soccer position.

6—The Board has confidence in the Administration, and wishes to express its support for the Administration.

2-19-17

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday February 20 at 6:30 PM at Camels Hump River Middle School. A tour of the Richmond Elementary School will begin at 6 PM, and then we will walk to the middle school for our meeting. The board will hear from the Richmond elementary school principal, the student representatives, committees, and any community comments. In executive session (not open to the public) we will receive attorney-client communication. Additionally, the board will discuss Policy Governance role and responsibilities in personnel issues, a compliance report on the Board job description, and the Governor’s education finance proposals.

Our Annual meeting will be held on Thursday February 23rd at Mount Mansfield Union High School at 6:30. We will begin with routine business and the focus of the meeting will be a budget presentation. Another public information session for the the 2017-18 budget (including the CESU budgets) is scheduled for Thursday March 2nd at Browns River Middle School.

The Board is reviewing and updating the goals for our schools, and is meeting with small groups around the district. Please also help us by completing a community survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolboardcommunitysurvey

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.


2-3-17

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday February 6th at 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School (a tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM). The board will hear from the principal, the student representatives, any community comments, and updates from committees (Policy, Finance, Negotiations, Community Engagement). We will receive an update on district-wide communication, a board compliance report, briefly discuss the Governor’s education finance proposal, and appoint Benjamin White as the 2017-18 Principal of Richmond Elementary School.

Public information sessions for the the 2017-18 budget (including the CESU budgets) will be held on Thursday February 16th at Camels Hump Middle School, Thursday February 23rd at Mount Mansfield Union High School, and Thursday March 2nd at Browns River Middle School.

The Board is reviewing and updating the goals for our schools, and is meeting with small groups around the district. Please also help us by completing a community survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolboardcommunitysurvey

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.


1-5-17

School Board Meeting

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday January 9th at 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High School (a tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM). The board will hear from the principal, the student representatives, any community comments, and updates from committees (Policy, Finance, Negotiations, Community Engagement).

The school board is expected to approve the 2017-18 budget (including the CESU budgets) to be voted on Town Meeting Day. Public information sessions are planned for Thursday February 16th at Camels Hump Middle School, Thursday February 23rd at Mount Mansfield Union High School, and Thursday March 2nd at Browns River Middle School.

A motion will be made in support of adding the CLA (common level of appraisal) to property tax bills. Current tax bills typically show an educational tax rate that has already been adjusted by the CLA. Displaying both the education tax rate and the adjustment may increase transparency. Starting this year, Bolton, Richmond, Jericho, and Underhill will have the same tax rate, prior to the application of our town CLA.

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.


12-17-16

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday December 19th at 6:30 PM at Underhill Central School (a tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM). The board will hear from the student representatives, the principal, any community comments, updates from committees, and the 2017-18 budget recommendations. The Finance committee plans to meet again on January 5th, and the full board is expected to approve a proposed budget on January 9th.

Earlier this week, the Finance committee had an informative and productive dialogue with a number of our Senators and Representatives. Senator Baruth noted that two years ago the Mount Mansfield merger had been highlighted in the legislature as an example of a successful merger, and that we had we found the expected financial savings. The board and administration continue to seek operational efficiencies for our taxpayers and cost effective improvements to education delivery for our students.

A “weekly roundup” of goings on in our schools including pictures and videos can be accessed at https://storify.com/mmmusdcesu/mmmusd-cesu-roundup

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.


12-12-16

Finance Committee Budget Meeting & MMU in the News

The public is encouraged to attend the Finance Committee Meeting on Thursday December 15th beginning at 6:30 PM in the Camel’s Hump Middle School Library in Richmond. The Committee will have a dialogue with some of our Representatives and Senators, review the most recent draft of the budget and presentation, and conduct regular business. In addition to the designated public comment time, the chair will encourage input from members of the public as time and other constraints allow.

A recent VTdiggger article singled out our accomplishments by pointing out that “...only the students at Mount Mansfield nailed the math test and are ready for college level work in both subjects. A Mount Mansfield education, at a cost of $13,469, could be the best deal in Vermont when it comes to test scores.” On the most recent Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, MMU was one of only seven reporting Vermont High schools reaching proficiency in Mathematics and was ranked 5th out of 33 high schools that reached proficiency in English. The full article can be viewed here https://vtdigger.org/2016/11/21/tests-show-many-high-schoolers-arent-on-track-for-college/


The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.

FPF 11-01-16

School Budget Forum and School Board Meetings

The public is encouraged to participate in a community forum on Thursday November 3rd at 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High School. The Finance Committee will review the first draft of the 2017-18 budget and seek input from the community.

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday November 7th at 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School. A tour of the Underhill ID elementary school will begin at 6 PM, and then we will walk across the parking lot to the middle school for our meeting. The board will hear any community comments, reports from the student representatives, the Underhill ID principal, committees, receive a report on Special Education, and review a compliance report on accountability of the superintendent.

The school board will also meet on Monday November 21st at 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School. In addition to regular items, we will receive a report on asset protection.




FPF 10-19-16

School Board Meeting

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday October 24th at 6:30 PM at Camels Hump MIddle School (a tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM).

The board will hear any community comments, reports from the student representatives, the principal, and committees, as well as receive an update on Language Immersion, and review our first Policy Governance Compliance Report (postponed from our previous meeting).

The Finance Committee will hold a community forum at 6:30 PM on November 3rd at Mount Mansfield Union High School to discuss next year’s budget -- the public is encouraged to participate.

A “weekly roundup” of goings on in our schools including pictures and videos can be accessed at https://storify.com/mmmusdcesu/mmmusd-cesu-roundup




FPF 10-05-16

School Board Meeting

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday October 10th at 6:30 PM at the Jericho Elementary School. A tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM, and the meeting will open at 6:30 with a presentation on the first SBAC (test) results. The board will hear community comments, reports from the student representatives, the Principal, and the Superintendent, and committees, as well as receive our first Policy Governance Compliance Report.

The Finance Committee has set a budget development timeline and targets, and will meet on October 13th to hear from department supervisors and building principals to inform budget development. Also on October 13th, the Negotiations Committee will begin discussions with teacher representatives. The Community Engagement committee will present a plan to interact with “stakeholders” (students, parents, taxpayers, etc.) to help in defining our “Ends Policy” (goals / strategic plan).

A “weekly roundup” of goings on in our schools including pictures and videos can be accessed at https://storify.com/mmmusdcesu/mmmusd-cesu-roundup


Update Added 9-23-16

The Mount Mansfield school board will meet on Monday September 19th at 6:30 PM Smilie Memorial School in Bolton. A tour of the facilities will begin at 6 PM. The board plans to meet in each town at least once per year, and offer a tour of each building once per year as well. The board will hear community comments, reports from the student representatives, the Principal, and the Superintendent, and committees.

The Finance Committee has begun work on the 2017-18 budget and has a meeting on September 22nd. The Negotiations Committee is preparing to work on new agreements with teachers and support staff and has a meeting planned for September 29th. The Community Engagement committee is working on a plan to bring to the full board in October, and has a meeting scheduled for September 21st.

Throughout this school year, we will be seeking input to refine our “Ends” policy -- goals for our schools. We will likely begin with surveys and then have conversations with students, teachers, select boards, business groups, senior centers, etc. to help us articulate our vision for education.

Some of our websites were updated over the summer, and others will see improvements over the next several months. www.cesu.org has a wealth of information including links for each school, bus and school schedules, lunch menus, board agendas, minutes, and videos, and more.

In October we will vary from our regular meeting schedule, and be in the Jericho Elementary School on October 10th, and Camels Hump Middle School on October 24th.

The Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board conventionally have joint meetings, generally the first and third Mondays of each month. MMMUSD includes Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), Underhill Central, and Underhill I.D. schools. CESU includes Special Education, Transportation, and Central Office for both MMMUSD and the Huntington elementary school. The Brewster Pierce Memorial School Board (Huntington) meets separately.