July 21, 2011
CSSU Consolidation Study Committee Releases Status Report
The Chittenden South Supervisory Union’s seven Boards of School Directors (Charlotte, Champlain Valley Union, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George, Williston, and CSSU) individually voted to establish a Study Committee in accordance with state law and recently enacted Act 153 legislation.
According to the CSSU’s July 1 status report, the study committee’s charge is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of a potential merger of the school districts into a Regional Education District, possibly resulting in a single governing board to oversee pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Chittenden South joins 19 other supervisory unions across the state in considering the possibility of establishing a RED.
Comprised of twelve community members with representation from each of the member towns and CSSU administrative staff, the study committee began its work in March and intends to conclude with a report and recommendation this fall, according to the report.
The report further notes that as of July 1, the committee has focused on two primary areas: organizational efficiency and student benefit. With cost savings as a goal, the committee acknowledges sensible consolidating of operational and educational program services has been a deliberate focus among CSSU school boards and administrative leadership for the past decade. Further operational areas for collaboration, coordination, and consolidation are minimal and the cost savings generated by the creation of a RED are currently viewed as insignificant.
The current focus of the committee’s work is how the creation of a RED could have a positive impact on learning opportunities and student achievement for the 4,300 pupils.
In the report, the committee states that it recognizes the issue of local control could be a concern for many community members and it has established a sub-group to further explore this specific topic. Members continue to measure discussions within a framework of local and regional decision-making, and the implications for each community and its student population.
To date, the committee has met six times. It will continue to update the public in its progress and intends to provide opportunities for public input prior to issuing a final report to the State Board of Education in the fall.
Hydrant flushing continues
Annual hydrant flushing by The Town of Williston will continue until the end of August. Water customers may experience some low water pressure during this time. For questions or concerns call 878-1239.
Alzheimer’s Association holding awareness night at Lake Monsters game
Amanda Wilson, chair of the St. Albans Walk to End Alzheimer’s, has organized Alzheimer’s Awareness Night at the Lake Monsters’ game against Brooklyn at Centennial Field (6:05 p.m.) on July 30.
Tickets cost $6. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, based in Williston. A 50/50 raffle will be held at the end of the game to raise funds toward the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. For tickets or more information, contact Wilson at 802-524-6534, 802-238-6883, or firstname.lastname@example.org.