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MMMUSD-CESU School Board Updates

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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

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO OF MMMUSD-CESU 9/17/18 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGLICK HERE TO VIEW 9/12/18 MMMUSD COMMUNITY FORUM--JES, UID, UCS CAPACITY STUDY

9-14-18

School Board Underhill; Re-Purposing forum Jericho
The first school board meeting of the school year is Monday September 17th, 6:30 PM at the Underhill Central School.  We will begin with a brief report from the school principal, and the Superintendent will present district-wide assessment information.  After public comment, the board will discuss a timeline for potential action on the north end study, and then break off into groups to for Policy Governance work.  We will discuss our role in the State Board of Education statewide plan under Act 46, which we hope will merge the Huntington elementary school district into the MMMUSD.

Please join the Mount Mansfield Modified School Board for our third informational meeting about the proposed re-purposing of the Underhill ID School and what that could mean for all elementary school students from Jericho and Underhill. The meeting will be on Monday, September 24 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Jericho Elementary School (childcare will be provided). Superintendent, John Alberghini, will be sharing the capacity study that was done for the elementary schools in the north end (JES, UID, UCS) and proposed changes for the district.

The full study and proposal can be found here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dp3AEayCw25uG40fSee00KGX4S8ex3rpEvLANXfjdBw/edit.

Proposed changes would be for the school year beginning fall 2019, If you have immediate questions, please check out the FAQs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L9E45iay4gW1hOiN3wgxTw21USbASpxhB7IjhZFdHZs/edit.

If you are not able to attend, please reach out to your local school board member or John Alberghini to share your thoughts.

The board will also meet October 1, 2018 at Browns River Middle School, and likely October 15th at Camels Hump Middle School.

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. We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent to manage the district and allow the board to focus on goals and community engagement.  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.


8-8-18

MMMUSD tax rates increase 0.95% 

Prior to the Common Level of Appraisal, Education property tax rates in Bolton, Jericho, Richmond, and Underhill increased just under 1% from $1.4782 last year to $1.4922 this year.  The increase is less than the 2¢ reduction in our merger incentives (this is the last year we receive the incentive). 

To ensure that homeowners pay education taxes based on the fair market value of their homes, the Vermont Department of Taxes conducts an annual study of home sales and adjusts the appraised values in each town by their Common Level of Appraisal (CLA).  

Impact of the Common Level of Appraisal this year:

FY 19

pre-CLA

CLA

with CLA

Bolton

$1.4922

99.06%

$1.4980

Jericho

$1.4922

104.19%

$1.4524

Richmond

$1.4922

96.95%

$1.5623

Underhill

$1.4922

100.40%

$1.4937

Huntington’s tax rate calculation also includes their non-member elementary school and is increasing from $1.4917 to $1.5146 (after CLA).

State of Vermont Education Property Tax Rate explanation:

http://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/understanding-property-taxes/education-tax-rates

State of Vermont  CLA information http://tax.vermont.gov/research-and-reports/reports/equalization-study


6-17-18

School Board Meeting in Bolton

The last school board meeting of the school year is Monday June 18th, 6:30 PM at Smilie Memorial School in Bolton.  An optional tour of the facilities will be offered at 6 PM. We will discuss next steps for the north end capacity study, the status of the statewide plan under Act 46, work on policy governance monitoring reports, review our board self-evaluation survey, hear from the Smilie Principal and our committees, approve the Superintendent contract, and appoint the interim Underhill ID principal.

Congratulations to the 2018 Graduates who received their diplomas Saturday!

Have a great summer.

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. We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent to manage the district and allow the board to focus on goals and community engagement.  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.


5-15-18

School Capacity Study Forum Monday, June 11th

The school board requested and recently received a capacity study that may lead to changes in how we use some of our school buildings.  The study analyzed enrollment, space, and possible opportunities. Our first opportunity for community engagement will be on Monday, June 11th (location, exact time, and format to be announced later).  Contemplating change can be difficult. We plan on taking time to examine and reflect on possible changes and may continue consideration of this complicated and sensitive topic in the fall. None of the changes being considered will occur in the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

The school board has been concerned with the decline in student population for many years, particularly in the north end of our district where we have 300 fewer elementary students than in the 1990s.  Last year, we directed the Superintendent to perform a deep analysis and make a recommendation that would be better for students and staff in the “north” (Underhill and Jericho) where there is clearly excess classroom space.  Recent studies in the “south” (Smilie and Richmond Elementary) have shown less capacity. The initial recommendation would have all north end Kindergarten through fourth grade students and teachers attend Jericho Elementary School and Underhill Central School.  The enrollment in these schools would return to levels we had in the mid-2000s, far below our peak enrollment in the 1990s. This change would allow Central Office to move to the Underhill ID building and offer other opportunities such as space for birth to 3 care, local seniors and municipal functions. The north end preschool program would remain at UID and we would continue to rent space to the private Saxon Hill Preschool. Annual savings by repurposing UID are estimated at $456,000.

Increasing the number of students in each building would allow for better differentiation of the student population, provide more opportunities for students, increase consistency in special education, and allow the district to better balance class sizes (while maintaining current class sizes).  Teachers would enjoy increased collaboration and consistency in instructional strategies. With fewer locations, staff that travel between buildings would have more time to focus on students.

The school board has many questions, and we will continue to thoroughly explore this possibility before making any decisions.  We will weigh the pros and cons, including the significant loss of UID as an elementary school. The "best" of our schools does not reside in the building, but in the people, especially the teachers, who work in the building.  We have posted the capacity report and other information at  https://www.cesuvt.org/school-board/north-end-capacity-report..  We hope to see you on June 11th.


MMU School Board Meeting in Richmond

Our next school board meeting is Monday May 7th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School.  We will begin by hearing from our MMU student representatives and any community comments, receive a brief update on Act 46, and confirm or change our consent agenda procedure.  Most of the meeting will be dedicated to small group Policy Governance work and discussion of the capacity study. After recognizing the significant drop in our student population, we asked the Superintendent to study and make a recommendation on the use and capacity of our elementary schools in the “north” (Underhill and Jericho).  On Monday we will consider the report and if we want to further explore the recommendation.

On May 21st the board will meet at 6:30 PM at the Jericho Elementary School.  We will begin this meeting with the Golden Apple Awards, where we recognize members of the school community who have provided extraordinary time and/or expertise for the benefit of students

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. We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent to manage the district and allow the board to focus on goals and community engagement.  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.