• 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 Meeting Warning 4.8.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 3/6/2019 4:45:00 PM

    Warning Pg 1 Warning pg 2

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  • Update & Next Steps

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

    UPDATE on the process for running for the WCUUSD merged board: Due to the vote to adjourn the WCUUSD organizational meeting on 2.19.19, petitions for the new merged board will not be due on the timeline proposed previously. We will communicate possible new dates as we find out more information.


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

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 2/13/2019 3:10:00 PM

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

    Below is a description of the board positions on the New Washington Central Unified Union School District Board, the terms by the town and the process for presenting petitions to run for board positions.

    The Board Configuration:

    Each of the five towns, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, and Worcester will have two representatives on Washington Central Unified Union School District Board for ten members.  In the table below, please see the town and the terms length.

     

    Town

    Term Ending

    Spring 2020

    Term Ending

    Spring 2021

    Term Ending

    Spring 2022

    Berlin

    1

    1

     

    Calais

    1

     

    1

    East Montpelier

     

    1

    1

    Middlesex

    1

    1

     

    Worcester

    1

     

    1

    Process for Nominations for the Ballot:

    At the January Executive Committee meeting, the committee agreed that they would recommend to the voters that we have the District Annual Meeting on April 2, 2019. With this date, petitions need to be filled with the town clerk six (6) Mondays before the election, on February 25, 2018. The Nominee must be a resident of the town and have the signature of one percent of the electorate. Petitions may be obtained at the town clerk’s office has petitions for these positions. The nominee must make sure to fill out which term of office they seek.

    Preparation of Ballot:

    Within seven days after the deadline for filing statements of nomination has expired, each town clerk shall transmit the names of all qualified candidates to the Clerk of the New Union District elected at the organizational meeting pursuant to Article 8(B)(iv). The District Clerk shall compile the names of the qualified candidates from each town and shall prepare the ballot for use at each polling place in the New Unified District.

    Counting of Ballots:

    Each town clerk shall count the ballots cast in the town and shall transmit the results of the vote in that town to the elected Clerk of the New Union District. The District Clerk shall calculate the combined votes cast by voters of the District and report the combined results to the public, without differentiating as to town of residence. A candidate is elected to serve in a seat allocated to the candidate’s town of residence if the candidate receives a majority of the votes cast by the voters of the New Union District for that seat.

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  • Act 46 Update 3

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 1/16/2019 10:55:00 AM

    Please click the following link to view the Act 46 Update 3.

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  • Washington Central Unified Union School District Meeting Warning 2.19.19

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 1/11/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Warning Warning pg 2

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  • 1.8.19 Update

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 1/8/2019 10:00:00 AM

    Hello Washington Central Educational Community –

    I wanted to give you all a brief update of some information we received late yesterday, Monday, January 7, 2019, regarding Act 46/merger process.  Vermont’s Agency of Education informed us that the Attorney General’s Office had reached an interim scheduling agreement with some districts who filed suit.  The interim scheduling agreement will require your new union school district (WCUUSD) to hold its organizational meeting beginning in the third week in February, rather than the warned date of January 14, 2019.  We also learned that warning for Amendments to the Articles of Agreement would be delayed as well.   

    After learning this information last night, the Articles of Agreement Committee decided to cancel the Public Forum for the proposed Amendments to the Articles previously scheduled for this Wednesday, January 9th at 6 pm at U-32.  As soon as this meeting is rescheduled we will let you know.

    To recap: the District Organizational Meeting that was warned for January 142019, at U-32 is postponed until the third week of February.

    Please check out our dedicated webpage at https://www.wcsu32.org/domain/291 for the most current information on Washington Central and our merger work.

    Thank you for your patience as we move through the merger process.

    ~Superintendent Bill Kimball

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  • Act 46 Update 2

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 1/3/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Please use this link to access the Act 46 Update 2

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  • Act 46 Update 1

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 12/18/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Please click the following link to view the Act 46 Update 1.

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