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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

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.

 

4/1/18

MMU School Board Meeting in Jericho

Our next school board meeting is Monday April 2nd, 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School.  We will begin by hearing from our MMU student representatives and any community comments, before finalizing our school board committee assignments for the year.  The board will break up into three groups for some Policy Governance work. We anticipate a significant portion of board meeting time this year will be utilized for small group work. After the board reunites, we will hear from committees and approve 2018-19 calendars for the school year, school board meeting, and Superintendent Policy Governance work plan.

On April 16th the board will meet at 6:30 PM at the Underhill Central School.  At 6 PM an optional tour of the facility will be offered.

As part of a process for developing a strategic vision and goals for career technical education (CTE) in the state, the Agency of Education is asking for participation from our school community. The CTE Perception Survey will be available until April 9, 2018 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTCTEPERCEPTIONSURVEY

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.

 

3-16-18

Thank You and next MMU School Board Meeting

Thank you for your support -- the Mount Mansfield school district budget passed 2492 to 835!  Joining our board are Eric Gildemeister and Dr. Gail Conley. Andrew Pond, Derek Miodownik, and Diane Kirson-Glitman were all re-elected.  The board wishes to thank Breck Knauft and Peter Geiss for their many years on their town elementary and the merged school district board. The Huntington merger question was defeated 306 to 204.  MMMUSD and the Huntington School district may be impacted by the Act 46 statewide plan to be finalized later this year and expected to be effective in July 1, 2020.

Our next school board meeting is Monday March 19th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School.  An optional tour of the facilities will be offered at 6:00 PM. At 6:30 PM we will begin the meeting by electing officers and receiving reports from our MMU student representatives, the CHMS principal, and any community comments.  We will approve our “Ends Policies” (Goals), finalize our Policy Governance work plan, determine the makeup of committees, and other routine post-election business.

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.

 

2-2-18

MMU School Board Meeting in Jericho

Our next school board meeting is Monday February 5th, 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School.  An optional tour of the adjacent Underhill ID elementary school will be offered at 6:00 PM.  At 6:30 PM we will begin the meeting with reports from our MMU student representatives, the Underhill ID principal, and any community comments.  Our Consent agenda includes a Superintendent’s report and two monitoring reports: Accountability of the Superintendent and Communication and Support to the Board.  We will discuss our policy governance work plan and hear updates from committees.  Our community engagement committee is using the data collected from community and student surveys and our recent forums to inform and write goals for our schools.  The finance committee will hold proposed 2018-19 budget informational meetings on:

February 15th, 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School

February 22nd, 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield High School (MMMUSD Annual Meeting)

March 1st, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School

The proposed budget has an overall increase of 1.45%, and a reduction of 0.16% in educational spending per pupil.  With our cost per student being stable we would expect our tax rates to be stable as well.  But the property tax implications are not clear.  The Tax Commissioners’ report projects a statewide increase of 7% and the Governor, in his State of the State address, called for no increase to property taxes.  In an uncertain environment, we are proud to present another responsible budget on Town Meeting Day.

 

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 have recently adopted Policy Governance 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.

 

1-6-18

 

MMU School Board Budget Meeting in Jericho

Our next school board meeting is Monday January 8th, 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High School.  We plan to approve the 2018-19 proposed budget to be voted on Town Meeting Day.  The board meeting will begin with community comments and a brief report from our MMU student representatives.  We will review highlights of the budget and presentation prior to approval.  Budget questions and public comment are welcome.  The finance committee has been overseeing the budget development process by setting targets and reviewing several drafts, as well as meeting with the public, school administrators, and legislators.  The end of the meeting will include updates from committees, as well as approving previous minutes and a Superintendent report, a letter to the Secretary of Education requested by the board on October 16th, and a new contract for the Superintendent.

The Board will meet again on January 22nd 8th at 6:30 at Browns River Middle School to review the feedback from our well-attended December community forums.

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 have recently adopted Policy Governance 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.

 

 

12-15-17

 

MMU School Board Meeting in Jericho

Our next school board meeting is Monday December 18th, 6:30 PM at Jericho Elementary School.  A tour of the facilities will be offered at 6 PM.  After community comments and brief reports from the JES principal and MMU student representatives, the current draft of the 2018-19 proposed budget will be presented.

The finance committee has been overseeing the budget development process by setting targets and reviewing several drafts, as well as meeting with the public, school administrators, and legislators.  In December, we have the best information available prior to finalizing the proposed budget in January.

Legislators have been invited to a dialogue at the Finance committee meeting this Thursday December 14th, 6:30 PM in the Camels Hump Middle School library.  The public is welcome to attend.

On January 8th at 6:30 at Mount Mansfield Union High School the board will approve the 2018-19 proposed budget to be voted on Town Meeting Day.

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 have recently adopted Policy Governance 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.

 

11-30-17

 

MMU School Board Meetings

Our next school board meeting is Monday December 4th, 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High School.  A tour of the facilities will be offered prior to the meeting at 6:00 PM.  

We will begin with brief reports from the MMU principal and student representatives, and community comments.  The board will adopt a community comment procedure, discuss a recent letter from the Governor to educational leaders, discuss a reasonable interpretation of our “Unity of Control” policy, and act on a motion from the finance committee concerning the Central Office Assessment.  We will hear from committees, and our consent agenda includes a Financial Planning & Budgeting Monitoring Report from the Superintendent, as well as a Superintendent Report.

On Thursday December 7th at Camel’s Hump Middle School, and Monday December 11th at Browns River Middle School we will host community workshops to help shape the vision and goals of our school district, including curriculum, budget, staffing, and facilities.  Both meetings begin with a light dinner at 5:30 PM and meeting from 6 PM to 7:45 PM.  Results of the community survey will be presented.  Child care is available.  Please attend either or both events.  For more information please contact edye.graning@cesuvt.org

The school board will meet again on December 18th, 6:30 PM at the Jericho Elementary School where we will review a draft of the 2018-19 budget to be proposed on Town Meeting Day.

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 have recently adopted Policy Governance 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 Brewster Pierce Memorial (Huntington) elementary school. The Huntington school board meets separately.

 

10-13-17

MMU School Board Meeting in Richmond

Our next school board meeting is Monday October 16th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School. We will begin with a tour of the Richmond Elementary School and receive brief reports from the RES principal and MMU student representatives before community comments.

The board will ratify the tentative two year agreement with support staff (2017-2019). The Board appreciates the constructive, collaborative approach taken by support staff representatives throughout the negotiation process.

Continuing our transition to Policy Governance, we will rescind a large number of policies. Some of these policies are no longer needed or redundant, and some will become administrative procedures. We will also approve board procedures clarifying existing practice for agenda preparation and public participation at board meetings.

The board will also accept reports from the Superintendent and the community engagement and finance committees, appoint a representative to the Regional Advisory Board (which provides advisory functions for the Center for Technology Essex and the Burlington Technical Center), and discuss our position on the statewide plan under Act 46.

On November 6th the board will receive community engagement training at 6:30 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 have recently adopted Policy Governance 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.

 
9-27 MMU School Board Meeting in Jericho
 

Our next school board meeting is Monday October 2nd, 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School. We will begin with a facilities tour highlighting the new parking lot, and receive brief reports from the principal and MMU student representatives before community comments.

The board will ratify the tentative two year agreement with teachers (2017-2019). Highlights include 3% salary increase each year and increase in health care premium co-pay from 15% to 20% over two years. The Board appreciates the collaborative approach taken by the teacher representatives throughout the negotiation process.

We will discuss and may take positions on resolutions to be voted on at the annual Vermont School Board Association meeting in October. The Superintendent will present a Policy Governance compliance report on Executive Constraints. By adopting Policy Governance the board provides strong guidance and support to enable the Superintendent to manage the district, allowing the board to focus on ends (goals) and community engagement. The board has retained direct responsibility for negotiations and finance. We will also discuss changes to policy and procedure as well as to our policy website.

Our next planned meeting is October 16th at 6:30 at Camels Hump MIddle School.

 
9-16-17
 

MMU School Board Meeting in Huntington

As part of our commitment to meeting in all of our towns, the Mount Mansfield Modified Union School Board and Chittenden East Supervisory Union Governing Board will hold a meeting Monday September 18th, 6:30 PM at Brewster Pierce Memorial School in Huntington. After officially welcoming Derek Miodowink to the board (appointed, from Richmond), we will have an informational tour of the new HVAC system, and receive an informational report from the Principal.

Following the opportunity for community comments, we will receive a student assessment data report. Regular board business will include a Superintendent Report, discussing our Policy Governance work, appointing a delegate to the annual Vermont School Board Association Meeting, and hear reports from committees: ad hoc Assessment (recommends dissolving and moving responsibilities to the Finance committee), Policy (working on clarifying policy in contrast to procedure in policy governance), Finance (recommends using capital reserve funds for an unexpected repair), Negotiations (negotiating teacher and staff contracts that expired July 1), and Community Engagement (supporting the board to inform district goals).

The next planned meeting is October 2nd at 6:30 including a tour of the Browns River Middle School and Underhill ID Elementary School parking lot project.

 

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.

 
8-8-17

MMMUSD tax rates decrease 1.63%

Prior to the Common Level of Appraisal, Education tax rates in Jericho, Richmond, and Underhill decreased 1.63% from $1.5027 last year to $1.4782 this year.

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). In Jericho, the change in CLA from 111% last year to 104% this year was a larger factor in Jericho bills than our changes in our school spending. Bolton had a similar experience last year.

Impact of the Common Level of Appraisal this year:

FY 18

pre-CLA

CLA

with CLA

Bolton

$1.4782

99.06%

$1.4922

Jericho

$1.4782

104.19%

$1.4188

Richmond

$1.4782

96.95%

$1.5247

Underhill

$1.4782

100.40%

$1.4723

 

Huntington’s tax rate calculation also includes their non-member elementary school and is increasing slightly from $1.4880 to $1.4917 (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

 

6-1-17

School Board Meeting

Our next school board meeting is Monday June 5th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School. The focus of our meeting will be to look at our first year transitioning into Policy Governance. The meeting will start by hearing from the student representatives and the public, receiving two compliance reports (from the board Monitoring Superintendent Performance, and from the Superintendent Treatment of Students and Parent/Guardians), and then our extended Policy Governance discussion. Our consent agenda will include a Superintendent's report and routine business. We will hear from committees and end the meeting with an executive session to discuss the annual Superintendent’s evaluation.

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.

 
6-16-17
School Board Meeting

On Monday June 19th, 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High School, the last day of school for students, we will hold our last scheduled school board meeting until September. We will hear any public comments, receive a monitoring report on Compensation and Benefits from the Superintendent, conduct a board self-evaluation, and hear from committees.

Graduation ceremony will be held at UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium on Saturday June 17th at 10 am (doors open at 9). MMCTV offers a livestream for anyone unable to attend in person https://livestream.com/mmctv/ Congratulations and best wishes to the class of 2017!

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.

 

5-14-17
Golden Apple Awards
Our next school board “meeting” is Monday May 15th, 6:30 PM at Mount Mansfield Union High school where we will present Golden Apple Awards. The Golden Apple Award is a long standing tradition in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union, used to recognize and appreciate the members of the school community who have provided extraordinary time and/or expertise for the benefit of students.

 

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.

 

4-14-17

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%

Link to budget summary

Link to detailed budget information and other reports

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. Link to 2017-18 calendar.

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. Click here for the survey link

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. Click here for the survey link.

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. Click here for the survey link.

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 by clicking on this link

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 by clicking here

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 by clicking on this link

 
 
 
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 by clicking on this link

 

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.