• Proposed WCUUSD Budget PowerPoint

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 6/19/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Thank you to those who attended the informative WCUUSD Budget/Articles vote public forum last night. 

    Minutes for the meeting can be found by following this link.

    The PowerPoint presentation with details regarding the proposed budget can be found here.

    As soon as ORCA Media has the video ready, we will post a link to that as well.

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  • Budget/Articles Public Informational Forums

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 6/12/2019 11:55:00 AM

    There will be two public informational forums regarding the proposed WCUUSD budget and amendments to Articles of Agreement votes.  The meetings will be held in Room 128/131 at the U-32 Middle/High School on Tuesday, June 18th and Monday, June 24th at 6:30 pm.

    Agendas can be found on the Meeting Resource page.

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  • Budget/Amendments to Articles of Agreement Vote 6.25.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 6/11/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Tuesday, June 25th will be the day to vote to approve the WCUUSD budget and amendments to the Articles of Agreement.  Absentee ballots are available at your Town Clerk's office.  

    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

    View the budget here

    View the proposed amendments to Articles here

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  • Official WCUUSD Board Election Results

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 5/22/2019 10:00:00 AM

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  • Voting for WCUUSD Board Membership Today 5/21

    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 take a look at the candidates by following this link: https://www.wcsu32.org/Page/1209.

    Vote

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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 attached 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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  • Candidate Forum Held

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 5/13/2019 3:10:00 PM

    A candidate forum was held on May 7th and recorded by ORCA Media.  You may view it by using this link or choosing the "Candidates for New Board" tab to the left of this column.

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  • Candidate Bios for WCUSSD New Board Election 5.21.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/30/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Short candidate bios for prospective WCUUSD New Board members can be located by clicking on the tab to the left titled "Candidates for WCUUSD New Board".

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  • Employee Memo Re: Update to 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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  • Updated DRAFT Meeting Timeline

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 4/17/2019 11:00:00 AM

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