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Your Voice Is Important!! The Washington West Supervisory Union Community Coalition invites you to participate in a discussion about the future of learning in WWSU through a series of Community Conversations taking place in March 2016.
Community Conversations, also known as the Study Circle process, is a forum for community discussion, debate and feedback regarding teaching and learning in the schools of WWSU. Come prepared to talk about ways for students to be prepared for the future, find ways the community can engage to support our learners, and have a voice in the future of educating all of our children.
Each “circle” will consist of a group of 10 individuals from various segments of our community (students, teachers, parents, business owners, community members, etc.) and be facilitated by adult and youth partners from our school and community. These circles will work as a team over the course of four (4) meetings:
March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Harwood Union High School. Please sign up in advance so we can have an adequate number of student and adult facilitators.
It is critical that all participants commit to attending all four sessions, as each discussion builds upon the previous one. Thus, by committing to participate in this process you are agreeing to come to all four meetings. The ultimate purpose of this initiative is to develop and make recommendations to the WWSU Leadership Team to be utilized in the WWSU action plan. This process is modeled after successful community dialogue programs in other organizations and schools across the country.
Please follow this link to register for this exciting process! http://bit.ly/WWSUConversations
Act 46 - Call for Comment
Prompted by the incentives and requirements set out by the General Assembly in 2015, No. 46 ("Act 46"), the boards of the WWSU districts have formed a committee to study the advisability of forming a union school district. In the WWSU, this would mean joining Crossett Brook Middle School, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Fayston Elementary School, Moretown Elementary School, Waitsfield Elementary School, Warren Elementary School, Harwood Union Middle School, and Harwood Union High School under the umbrella of a single SU-wide district board.
If the committee determines that it is advisable to form a union school district, it is to prepare a report--in the form of Articles of Agreement between member districts--setting out the structure and rules by which the proposed union school district will operate. The residents of member districts will then vote to opt in or out of the proposed agreement. Act 46 offers the most favorable tax and funding incentives to communities that vote to merge before July 1, 2016. For this reason, the study committee intends to complete its work by spring.
Decisions made in the next several months stand to affect the financial stability, educational offerings, and administrative organization of the WWSU schools long into the future. Done right, an Act 46 merger offers wonderful opportunities to optimize the efficiency of our schools, control spending, and offer our children specialized curricular and extracurricular choices rarely found in small schools. But merging also presents us with uncertainty and challenges us to capture the benefits of merged governance without sacrificing the local character of our community schools.
The study committee is committed to ensuring that all community members, parents, and students have a voice in these decisions. We want you to understand the challenges we face and the reasons for our recommendations. Study committee meetings are open to the public, and committee members want to hear from you. Please join us at a meeting or write to us to share your thoughts, questions, concerns, and ideas.
How to Comment
To send comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be read by the committee chair and vice-chair as they arrive, then distributed at the next bi-weekly meeting of the study committee and executive committee. Please indicate your district of residence. Written comments become part of the committee's public records, so students are asked to obtain parental permission before writing. Although all comments will be read and discussed by the study committee, we are not able to provide individual replies. To find your district's delegate to the study committee, please consult the membership list.
The local school boards of the Washington West Supervisory Union held a first presentation on Act 46 or H.361 on September 8th at HUHS. Watch video here. More information on, Act 46, can be found here.
Act 46: School Consolidation - Presentation to the Full WWSU Faculty: view here.
The Washington West Supervisory Union serves 6 rural communities in central Vermont, just east of the Green Mountains range. The towns include Duxbury, Fayston, Moretown, Waitsfield, Warren, and Waterbury. Each community in WWSU has its own elementary school with its own flavor and setting. These sending schools feed Harwood Union which is located on 160 acres approximately equidistant from the north and south ends of the district.
WWSU is comprised of four PK-6 elementary schools, one PK-4 Primary school, one 5-8 middle school and a high school serving grades 7-12; a total of seven schools. All of our schools have high academic expectations and score at or above the state average consistently in areas of language arts, math and science. WWSU is a wholesome, livable district with strong community support for and participation in the educational process.