Thanks, Anthony Kalnins, Chelsea
Farquharson and the BMU Elementary School for donating 428 lbs. of food to the
Groton Food Shelf. And a special congratulations to the 6th grade for winning
the ice cream sundae party with a total of 140 lbs. of food!
It is heart breaking to see young graduates
of BMU in the news arrested for dealing Heroin. The effects of drug addiction
in our community are all too real and the Community Relations Committee is
looking into organizing a public screening of the film “The Hungry Heart” with
a panel discussion to follow. Stay tuned for more details as the event is organized.
Education reform update:
House rejected a bill that would have banned teacher strikes and prohibited
school boards from imposing contracts on teachers.
Shumlin administration is moving away from mandatory consolidation of school
into ‘integrated education systems’ of 1100 students to a voluntary merging of
districts by 2020 with tax incentives to encourage these mergers. Whether the
legislature acts on governance this session or not, BMU has joined with other
school districts in our area to proactively participate in a study looking at
Senate Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the H. 361 bill
for Wednesday, April 22, from 5:00-7:00
at the Vermont Statehouse. There are still many questions yet to be fleshed
out regarding spending caps, dictating the minimum number of students in an education
system, what will governance structures
look like, is 2020 a realistic timeframe for such a huge undertaking, and
assuring that there are funds to pay for these changes in the VT public education
system. This is a very important bill as it will impact on the future of our
children, the schools in our area and the state’s approach to education
overall. Please continue to reach out to your Senators regarding this bill.
Digger has some good articles on the twists the Bill has taken last week.
An Agency of Education
official questioned whether the state could mandate reforms given the fact that
local communities have not complied with earlier state mandates around moving
transportation contracts and administration and special education services to
the supervisory union level.
The agency has heard
from school boards that oppose H.361. The Senate will now decide whether to
soften requirements for education reforms.
VT Mayors Coalition urging strong
Senate bill on education reform
by Amy Ash Nixon
Top goals for the bill
include reducing the number of school districts and controlling rising
School boards voice opposition to
governance reform bill
by Amy Ash Nixon
Districts opposing H.361
send letters to governor, legislature imploring them not to take away their
Have a great day!