March 11, 2010
By Tim Simard
After the Williston School Board celebrated the passage of the 2010-2011 school district budget at its last meeting, board members went through a realignment process.
Darlene Worth exited her role as board chairwoman and now heads the Chittenden South Supervisory Union board of directors. Holly Rouelle, former board vice chairwoman, now leads the Williston School Board. The board made the change at its March 3 meeting.
“We kind of all moved up a position,” Rouelle said.
As Williston board chairwoman, Rouelle takes on the responsibilities of setting meeting agendas and conferencing with other school board chairpersons. Deb Baker-Moody is now vice chairwoman of the board.
While Worth leads the CSSU board, she remains on the Williston School Board. The CSSU board handles decisions on a supervisory union-level and includes members from the Champlain Valley Union High School, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston school boards.
Rouelle and Worth praised the community for passing the budget last week. Rouelle said the community supported the board’s efforts to keep next school year’s budget increase under 1 percent.
“It was great news to hear,” she said.
Voters also re-elected Rouelle to a three-year term and board member Keith Roy to a two-year term. Both members ran unopposed.
BOARD CREATES FACEBOOK PAGE
In an effort to improve communication within the school district, the Williston School Board announced its use of a new tool it hopes the community will embrace.
Board Chairwoman Holly Rouelle created a Facebook “fan page” on the popular social networking Web site and plans to update information, meeting times and other school related news. As of press deadline, the fan page had 37 fans listed, including board members Roulle, Keith Roy and Laura Gigliotti.
“It’s another way to celebrate the good things going on in the Williston schools,” Rouelle said.
— Tim Simard, Observer staff