April 17th. 2014
By Stephanie Choate
Williston resident sought to fill position
David Rath, Williston representative to the Champlain Valley Union High School Board and former chair, is stepping down from his position at the end of the school year, trading mountains and maple syrup for sand and the Burj Al Arab.
The Rath family is moving to Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates, for two years. Michelle Rath, director of guidance at Essex High School, obtained a two-year position as a guidance counselor at the American School of Dubai. Their daughter, Mikaela, will attend the school for her senior year of high school.
Rath has been on the CVU board for six years, two of them as chairman.
“It’s been tremendous,” he said of his experience on the board. “CVU is a great school. The board represents a range of talents and perspectives and is very good at working collaboratively. There are, of course, differences of opinion but the board members are very conscientious about trying to work out differences of opinion and focusing on what’s best for the children at CVU.”
Following state statute, the Williston School Board will appoint a Williston resident to fill the position Rath is vacating. Interested residents should submit a letter of interest to Kevin Mara at [email protected] by May 2. The Williston board will interview applicants during the week of May 5 and make an appointment at its May 14 meeting.
“Interested applicants should possess a strong commitment to work with other board members towards the goal of providing the best possible education for students in Chittenden South Supervisory Union,” according to the board’s description.
Anyone with questions should contact CVU or Williston board members. Contact information is listed on page 6 of the Observer every week.
Located less than a mile from both the Palm Jumeira and Burj Al Arab, The American School of Dubai is an independent, not for profit American school offering elementary through high school education.
“This is going to be a great adventure,” Rath said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the cultural differences are and taking a look at Dubai, which we understand is a pretty amazing place. The government is working very, very hard at taking their oil money and transforming Dubai into an international finance and business center and destination.”
Michelle Rath recently completed a Fulbright scholarship in Israel, and her family members spent some time with her there, but the Raths have never been to Dubai.
“We’ve never been there, but we’ve heard from a variety of people that it is just a fascinating place,” Rath said.
The Raths head for the Middle East at the start of the 2014 academic year.
“We’re delighted that we’re going on this adventure,” Rath said. “We remain Williston residents and we come back in the summer between the academic years… The great part is we get to come back for the Vermont summer.”