July 18, 2019

Education briefs

Reconfiguration work tackling equity

As the Williston School District moves toward its reconfigured classrooms in the fall — Allen Brook School will house pre-kindergarten through second grade, with grades three through eight at Williston Central School — the administration is working to improve equity across the district.

District Principal Walter Nardelli said most changes with equity will be ready for the fall.

“There are loose ends that need to be tied up,” Nardelli said. “We’ll look to come back in the fall, and take on the last parts.”

One example of a final detail is figuring out logistics for students in grades five through eight to take a field trip to a major city, Nardelli said.

A survey conducted earlier this year took feedback from parents on equity. Results of the equity survey were republished in The School Bell, the district’s weekly newsletter, last month.

The survey had 468 people respond. Nardelli said the responses came from parents with students of all ages.

Nardelli said he would run changes past the School Board.

“We’ll see if they agree with what we’re proposing,” Nardelli said. “We have kept them up to date as work has gone on.”

Bonuses for school employees

Cid Gause and Kermit LaClair, employees of the Williston School District, recently received performance bonuses for their work with the district’s reconfiguration efforts.

Gause, an executive administrator, and LaClair, the head of custodial services for Williston Central and Allen Brook schools, have done a lot of logistical work for the reconfiguration, said District Principal Walter Nardelli. Their efforts include contacting moving companies and organizing the reconfiguration process.

The School Board decided to grant the bonuses after entering executive session, which is closed to the public, during a meeting last week. Nardelli did not place a specific number on the bonuses, but said they were in the range of a couple thousand dollars.

He said employees only occasionally receive performance bonuses, which are not given every year.

“It’s a one time thing recognizing their efforts in the past year and coming summer,” District Principal Walter Nardelli said.

New teacher for Voyager House

The Williston School District has hired Sam Messer on a one-year contract as Language Arts/Social Studies teacher. He replaces Nick Brooks.

Messer has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in teaching. He spent the past year as an intern with Swift House.

The School Board unanimously approved the hire last week.

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