• Central Office Reaches PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) Goal

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/20/2019 9:00:00 AM

    In February I shared with you that WCSU Central Office employees decided to participate in PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) in support of the work our schools are doing using these methods. 

    One of the tools used with PBIS is to set an attainable and fun goal, publically recognize desirable behaviors that go toward meeting that goal, and then celebrate reaching that goal. The Central Office goal was 150 bananas in honor of the office mascot Bob the Minion (because Minions love bananas) and from the look of what I found in the office today, I will soon be heading out to our schools to take selfies with the kids.

    I am really excited about showing the kids another way Central Office supports them.  I am proud of our office for the work they have put into recognizing the good in their coworkers.

    bananas                  bob

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  • Email Service Restored 3.19.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/19/2019 2:15:00 PM

    UPDATE: Our internet services have been restored at this point, and our e-mail is starting to come into our system. We learned that there was a fiber line failure in Vermont and we were affected. If you need to contact one of our schools today, I would recommend that you use the phone for the rest of today.

    If you sent an e-mail to any address at any of our schools in Washington Central between 8 am and 2 pm, we would suggest that you send it again to ensure the message is received.

    Once again, thank you for your patience during the internet outage.

    Bill Kimball
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • 3.19.19 Email Outage Supervisory Union Wide

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/19/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Dear Washington Central Educational Community -

    Currently our internet provider, First Light, has an issue that is blocking our ability to receive e-mails today, March 19th.  We anticipate that this will cleared up in the next 24 hours.  If you need to contact your child's school today, we ask that you use a phone to communicate with the schools.  Currently, we do not have an estimated time for this issue to be repaired.  Once it is fixed, we will send out a second e-mail letting all families know that we have returned to normal operations with our e-mail.

    If you sent in an early release notice or an alternative plan for your child's dismissal via an e-mail, please call the school to ensure they have received it.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Bill Kimball

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Memo About Act 46 & Districts in the Lawsuit

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/13/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Many of you may have seen the article in yesterday's Times Argus about the Secretary of Education's opinion for districts that are part of the lawsuit that Judge Melo ruled on the preliminary injunction.  Dave Delcore did a great job of summarizing the six-page opinion, but I am sending it along if anyone would like to see the details, here.  As we learn more about this opinion and the force it has, we will keep you in the loop.

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  • Act 46 Update 4

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/7/2019 3:30:00 PM

    Yesterday, March 6, 2019, the Secretary of Education warned a second District Organizational Meeting for Washington Central Union Unified School District to be held at U-32 on Monday, April 8, 2019, starting at 6 pm.  At the first meeting, there was an election of a temporary moderator and the adoption of Roberts Rules of Order for District meetings before the adjournment of the meeting.  The Secretary’s warning contains the items not acted upon at the first meeting.  To see a copy of the new notice, please follow this link.

    The election date for new district board members will be determined at the District Organizational Meeting and then the new district board will have the authority to adopt a warning for the adoption of a budget for the Unified School District.  There have been several questions about the timing necessary to have a merged budget vote and the feasibility of it happening before July 1, 2019, the date the new district is currently ordered to take effect.  The following is the shortest timeline we can foresee, allowing for a few days for both the transition and merged boards to post warnings:

    District Organizational Meeting - April 8, 2019

    Warn for Election of District Board members – April 12, 2019 – Posted by Transitional Board

    Election of WCUUSD Board Members – May 21, 2019 – Determined at District Organizational Meeting

    Warn WCUUSD District Budget Adoption – May 24, 2019 – Determined by WCUUSD Board

    WCUUSD Budget Adoption – June 25, 2019 – Determined by WCUUSD Board 

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  • Washington Central Unified Union School District Organizational Meeting 4.8.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/6/2019 4:50:00 PM

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  • Central Office Participating in PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports)

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 2/27/2019 10:15:00 AM

    This year, WCSU Central Office employees decided to participate in PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) in support of the work our schools are doing using these methods.  The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of schools to improve social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.  PBIS uses evidence and data-based programs, practices and strategies to frame behavioral improvement in terms of student growth in academic performance, safety, behavior, and establishing and maintaining positive school culture, rather than exclusionary discipline practices.

    One of the tools used with PBIS is to set an attainable and fun goal, publically recognize desirable behaviors that go toward meeting that goal, and then celebrate reaching that goal.  

    Central Office has adopted a mascot - Bob the Minion - and because Minions love bananas, we have been using bananas to recognize when we observe our co-workers going above & beyond, being kind, helpful, thoughtful, sharing, etc. 

    The goal is for 150 bananas to be collected and then Bob the Minion will accompany me on my visits to all our schools and take selfies with the kids.  As Bob is rather large, the office is still determining whether he will be carried in a backpack or in a stroller on our tour.  As you can tell from the photo, we are close to meeting the goal and I am excited to share with the kids and staff another way Central Office supports them!

    Bob the Minion

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  • Wednesday's WCUUSD Organizational Meeting

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 2/22/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Below is a message sent to all WCSU staff on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from the Superintendent:

    Hello folks -

     
    First off I want to thank all of you who made it to last night's meeting.  It was a great showing of local democracy.  
     
    I have had a few people ask me what is next for budgets and employee contracts.  At this very moment, I can honestly say I do not know.  I will say that I am reaching out to our boards (6 local boards) to learn if they would like to meet and discuss possible next steps for school budgets, specifically employee contracts, and other potential items affected by last night's action.  As I know more I will let you know and keep you all up to speed.
     
    What is keeping me focused is the kids and how can we help each and every child, every day.  I know things are difficult when the path forward is not clear, but that is always what brings me back to our important work of serving the children of Washington Central.
     
    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
     
    Bill
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  • WCUUSD Organizational Meeting 2.19.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 2/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Please remember to attend the Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) organizational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19th at 6pm in the U-32 Auditorium.  Items to be voted on from the floor are included within the warning below.

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  • Process for Running for the Washington Central Unified Union School District Board

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 2/13/2019 3:20:00 PM

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