HUUSD School Board Meeting Recap - 2/20/19

Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on February 20, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the four (4) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):

  1. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda:  Approve Minutes of 1/23/19 / Approve Moretown and Fayston school trips to Canada / Accept: Voucher #1192 for $1,650, #1181 for $185,538.56, #1182 for  / $634.68, #1180 for $134,241.39, #1178 for $345.09, #1177 for / $101,225.31, and #1168 for $296,423.33 equaling $$720,058.36 / Accept administration’s recommendation to grant three leaves of absence for the FY 20 school year: Camille Anderson, Gr. 1-2 classroom teacher at TBPS, for a 1/2 year. No cost to the district  / Lynn Pollock, Technology Coordinator at TBPS/CBMS, 1 year. No cost to district / Kendra Renz, Math Teacher at Harwood Middle, extension of 65 unpaid maternity leave days / Accept amended MOU with town of Moretown to indicate maximum short term maintenance expenditure of $12,000

  2. Approved amendment to the current solar agreement that our district has with TJ Kingsbury, adding the purchase of energy produced from a new rooftop solar array.

  3. Approve consultation with Creative Discourse around visioning work

  4. Approved the manual for school board members, which is intended to help orient new board members.

The board rejected a motion directing the administration to create a plan to send Harwood 7th and 8th graders to Crossett Brook Middle School in FY 2021, but did engage in healthy debate and is currently gathering a full list of questions to be answered related to this decision and other district design related decisions.

At this meeting, we also heard a report from our student school board representatives.  

The next Board meeting is our Annual Meeting on Monday night, March 4, the evening before Election/Town Meeting day, at 6:00 pm in the Harwood Union Library. The board will present the district budget and answer questions.   

Immediately following that public meeting on March 4, at 7:00 pm, there will be a board meeting to  hear from the Architectural firm TruexCullins about the High School Bond and the needs of the Harwood Union HS/MS building.

Following election day, our next meeting is Wednesday, March 13, at 6:00 pm and will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. Duration will depend on the agenda, which will be set by the Monday before the meeting. Work group meetings will NOT be occurring immediately prior because of the need for board reorganization following elections. For more information on the SMART goals that drive these work groups, check the HUUSD board web page.

Please visit www.wwsu.org/huusd-board for board agendas (including work groups that are meeting), detailed minutes, HUUSD Smart Goals for the 2018-2019 school year, and to find the link to watch board meetings. The direct link to watch this and past meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair

Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair

Alycia Biondo (Warren)

Hannah Clark (Student Rep, class of 2019)

Carlton Cummisky (Student Rep, class of 2021)

Jill Ellis (Fayston)

Gabe Gilman (Moretown)

Linda Hazard (Moretown)

Jake Lynn (Student Rep, Class of 2020)

Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   

Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)

Theresa Membrino (Fayston)

Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)

Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   

Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)

Rosemarie White (Warren)

Rob Williams (Waitsfield)

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