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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 amanda.wilson@genesishcc.com.


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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