July 16, 2019

Fond farewell to teachers, staff

With the school year’s closure, it’s the time when longtime faculty and staff members wrap up their final year with the Williston School District and in some cases, with their work within Chittenden South Supervisory Union.

While some staff and faculty are retiring, others are leaving as a result of cuts made this year by the Williston School District after 2015’s budgeting process which took state cost-containment measures in Act 46 to heart.

“The reductions that were made this year were included in the budget proposal [that the town voted on],” said Greg Marino in a recent interview. He would not release names, but said cuts were made related to least-senior to most-senior positions and that they included instructor roles in physical education, visual art, world languages, a full-time 3rd/4th grade classroom teacher, cuts in technology education, a library teaching assistant and custodial staff hours.

Williston Central School will be saying goodbye to the following familiar faces: Shannon Duggar, a school counselor; Rebecca Ford, a teacher in Mosaic Team; MC Baker, one of the school’s art teachers and Lauren Wesnak, a Voyager Team teacher.

At Allen Brook School Mary Nelson, a physical education teacher, and Kelley Merchant, a kindergarten teacher’s assistant brought their time with the school to a close.

Both schools will be bidding farewell to Lynn Gaffney, a library teacher’s assistant, and Sagui Silber, a tech software integrator.

In addition, four faculty and staff members retire from Champlain Valley Union High School this year. Staff member Mary Mesirow, a tutor in the Learning Center and in chemistry, biology, French and Spanish is leaving. Mesirow also advised the Neuroscience Club. Faculty members finishing their time at CVU include Sue Wood, a physical education teacher and Teacher of the Year in 1991; Susan Frederick, English teacher and Eddie Krasnow, the CVU Access program’s founder and director.

— Jess Wisloski, Observer staff

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