• Elections for the WCUUSD Board Membership Today 5/21/19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 5/21/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Important day today - voting in our five towns for the make-up of the new Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) Board.

    Voting will be by Australian Ballot at the Following Polling Locations/Times:

    Berlin Municipal Office, 108 Shed Road, Berlin – 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Calais Town Office, 3120 Pekin Brook Road, Calais – 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    East Montpelier Elementary School in East Montpelier – 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    Middlesex Town Office, 5 Church Street, Middlesex – 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    Worcester Town Office, 20 Worcester Village Road, Worcester – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    You may view the warning by following this link and take a look at the candidates here.

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  • Upcoming Elections for WCUUSD Board on Tuesday 5/21

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 5/17/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Tuesday, May 21st are the elections for members of the WCUUSD Board. Please see the warning below for more info, including term information and polling times/locations. Candidate bios can be found on the website here. 

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  • Bob The Minion's Continuing Travels

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 5/16/2019 2:55:00 PM

    A couple more photos of Bob the Minion's travels to Doty & East Montpelier Schools to share how Central Office met their PBIS goal. So fun!

    You may follow our journey and see more fun photos by visiting my Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

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  • Employee Memo Re: Update on Transition Process to WCUUSD

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/25/2019 10:00:00 AM

    MEMORANDUM

    To:         All WCSU Employees

    From:     Bill Kimball, Superintendent

    Date:      April 24, 2019

    RE:         Update on the Transition Process to WCUUSD

    As you are all aware, the State Board of Education ordered the six school districts in Washington Central to merge into one school district, Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD), on July 1, 2019.  This past April 8, 2019, a special meeting for the new organization took place to establish an annual meeting of the new WCUUSD on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at which time a new ten-member board will be elected to govern.  In the meantime, a Transition Board has been seated in order to put together a recommended budget for WCUUSD, prepare amendments to the Default Articles of Agreements, and warn for the election of the new merged board.

    In preparing for the changeover to a single district, the Transition Board will be examining the first draft of a merged budget and transitional timeline issues.  Since last fall our fiscal team has been planning and completing the necessary work to ensure a smooth conversion for staff payroll and benefits.  Throughout our board's discussions, ensuring our staff is protected from governance issues has been first and foremost to them.  I believe that sentiment was evident when they determined they wanted to pass local budgets to ensure employees would have contracts by the usual deadline. 

    In preparing for the next fiscal year, many of our benefit providers (health insurance, retirement, unemployment insurance, etc.) have begun asking us to notify them of our district configuration for next year.  I feel it is necessary to discuss the notification timeline with the Transition Board and ask them to approve notifying outside providers that we will be moving to a single district on July 1, 2019. 

    Once the new WCUUSD board is elected, they will need to warn a budget for voter approval.  Currently, the budget is potentially scheduled to be voted on by Australian ballot on June 25, 2019.  This late date for approving the school budget is problematic, in that after a successful budget vote there is a  required  30 day waiting period before we can expend funds. The proposed timeline will cross into the summer months for setting property tax rates, collecting taxes and borrowing money.  We are working with the WCUUSD Transition Board, representatives from our lending bank, and our auditor to find options that exist to borrow money and use fund balances to bridge the gap in revenues until that 30 day period is over. 

    I want to assure all of you that we are committed to ensuring that we meet all of our financial commitments.  As July 1 approaches, we are learning about new requirements and changes daily, as well as watching for any changes the legislature may pass for the 14 newly merged districts state-wide. We will share more information in the coming weeks about purchasing processes, course sign-ups, and other procedures impacted as we move forward with this transition.  If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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  • Downstream: The Effects of Parental Incarceration Film Screening

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/22/2019 10:30:00 AM

    Don’t miss the local screening of DOWNSTREAM: THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION – A new film by Brad Salon, on Monday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m., U-32 High School Auditorium

    DOWNSTREAM is a one-hour documentary film featuring the compelling stories of those left behind when a parent goes to prison. Vermont children and caregivers share their experiences, revealing the complex and emotional terrain they navigate in the wake of a parent’s incarceration.

    The film also includes the voices of a number of Vermont leaders and advocates whose perspectives help give larger context to the children’s and family’s stories. Those appearing in the film include: elected and state officials, educators, a law school professor, and a pediatrician. A discussion will follow the film.

    Commentary by those who have attended previous screenings attest to its power and poignancy.

    Senator Patrick Leahy says this about the film: “’DOWNSTREAM’ paints a vivid picture of the generational impact of incarceration on Vermont’s children and families. Thanks to the subjects who have agreed to share their most personal stories so that others may better understand the plight that they and others face.”

    “The burden carried by children and other family members of those incarcerated was presented in an honest, urgent, and persuasive way,” stated Vermont Lt. Governor David Zuckerman.

    Tanya Searles, a mental health counselor in Hyde Park, shared this comment: “The compassion and empathy with which you were able to tell those stories was moving. People who see this film will be changed.”

    The screening is free and open to the public. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUESTED – See the film trailer and reserve your seat by going to the film web site: www.Downstreamfilm.com.

    Childcare is provided. Please reserve space by emailing rbates@u32.org.

    DOWNSTREAM is produced by Brad Salon, of Bear Notch Productions, in association with Resilience Beyond Incarceration a program of the Lamoille Restorative Center. Washington Central Supervisory Union is hosting this screening. For more information contact Tricia Long at tlong@lrcvt.org or Kelly Bushey at kbushey@u32.org.Downstream

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  • Celebrating Successes

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/18/2019 4:45:00 PM

    Our Central Office bulletin board has been updated with more recent Washington Central photos.CO

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  • WCUUSD Special Election 5.21.19 Warning

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/16/2019 1:45:00 PM

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  • Petitions for WCUUSD Board Membership Now Available

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Petitions to be on the ballot for the new Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) Board are now available at your local Town Clerk's Office.  At the April 8th WCUUSD organizational meeting, the date determined for the special elections for board membership was May 21st.  With that date, petitions need to be filed with the Town Clerk in your town six (6) Monday's before the election, on Monday, April 15th

    Below you will find each town has two term options, the nominee must make sure to fill out the correct petition coordinating with which term of office they seek.  Please remember to turn your completed petitions in to your local Town Clerk Office by end of day Monday, April 15th.

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  • Local School Budget Votes Today

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/9/2019 7:00:00 AM
    There is still time to vote today for the school budgets for the following WCSU schools: Doty Memorial, East Montpelier, Rumney Memorial and U-32.
     
    Doty Memorial School Budget Vote, 6 PM Floor Vote, Doty Elementary School in Worcester
     
    East Montpelier Elementary School Budget Vote, 5:30 PM Floor Vote/7 AM-7 PM Australian Ballot, East Montpelier School
     
    Rumney Memorial School Budget Vote, 7 AM-7 PM Australian Ballot, Middlesex Town Office
     
    U-32 School District Budget Vote, Australian Ballot at the following locations:
    Berlin Municipal Office 10 AM-7 PM
    Calais Town Office 7 AM-7 PM
    East Montpelier Elementary School 7 AM-7 PM
    Middlesex Town Office, 10 AM- 7 PM
    Worcester Town Hall 10 AM-7 PM
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  • WCUUSD Organizational Meeting 4.8.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/5/2019 12:45:00 PM

    Please remember to attend the Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) organizational meeting on Monday, April 8th at 6 pm in the U-32 Auditorium. Childcare WILL be available in Room 128/131.

    Items to be voted on from the floor are included within the warning below.

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