• Dear Members of the Washington Central Community....

    Posted by Debra Taylor on 8/12/2019 4:30:00 PM

    July, 2019

    Dear Members of the Washington Central Community,

    I am honored to serve the Washington Central school community as your Interim Superintendent.

    Allow me to introduce myself:

    My successful experience as a teacher, consulting teacher, district director of special education and student services,  director of curriculum and instruction, interim principal, regional education agency professional development director and superintendent have afforded me the opportunity to build knowledge in all aspects of educational operations and effect positive change. I have served as Superintendent in Vermont in two school systems over the past eleven years.

    My leadership is characterized as compassionate, caring, student centered, dynamic and collaborative.  Schools under my leadership have incorporated personalization, technology, differentiation, innovation and creativity. As an instructional leader, I have a firm commitment to building relationships and promoting teacher growth and student learning.

    As Superintendent in Vermont and administrator and teacher in two other states (Virginia and Wisconsin), I have succeeded in transforming curriculum and instruction practices in our schools while maintaining strong commitments to the culture and traditions of the schools and communities. 

    A strong communicator,  I am a skilled writer, facilitator, presenter and oral communicator. Examples of my success as communicator include conference presentations at the state and national level, strategic planning facilitator and manager, grant writer, policy developer and report writer.  I have a unique ability to engage effectively with students, staff, parents and board members and build positive interpersonal relationships. 

    As Superintendent, I have overseen all aspects of financial, business and human resource functions at school and central office level. My extensive knowledge and expertise includes budget development, oversight, reporting and contract negotiations. I am also well acquainted with human resource administration.  I have secured numerous grants. All local, state and federal audits in the districts I have worked have been positive, affirming of my strengths in these areas.

    My educational experiences and background are quite diverse ranging from leadership in rural, suburban and urban school systems. Innovation, creativity, outside the box thinking and problem-solving are hallmarks of my leadership. I studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, achieving a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Leadership.

    My experience driving organizational effectiveness and continuous improvement in small, medium and large organizations is evident in the successful development and implementation of long range plans for systems change and improved student achievement. I have a thorough knowledge of all facets of the educational system. I have completed extensive school improvement plans, both short and long-term, that are data driven and remarkably successful.

    I have demonstrated the ability to build school cultures that value all staff, stakeholders and community in the education process.  I understand the importance of team-building and have created an atmosphere where team members are fully active and engaged with their work.

    In every school or district I have led, we’ve had a family atmosphere. I support, encourage and take time to appreciate the many excellent talents and abilities of our students and staff. I encourage parent involvement as partners. I believe that all children can learn and provide opportunities for them to succeed each and every day.

    I look forward to working with you during this time of district transition as we embark upon the journey to excellence together!

    Yours in Education,

    Debra J. Taylor

    Debra J. Taylor, Ph.D.

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  • WCUUSD Budget/Articles Vote Today, June 25th

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 6/25/2019 11:00:00 AM

    Please remember to vote on the Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) budget today (Tues, June 25). This budget contains each of the already approved individual school budgets rolled up into one, for the purpose of running the new merged entity.

    Voting is by Australian Ballot @ the 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

    ((A copy of the proposed budget can be found in multiple locations on the www.wcsu32.org website. Same-day voter registration is an option in Vermont if you are not already registered.))

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  • Thank You and Best Wishes

    Posted by Bill Kimball on 6/21/2019 9:00:00 AM
     
    Hello All -
     
    I would like to thank all of you for the tremendous work you do for kids in Washington Central.  I hope all of you will have a great summer of relaxation and rejuvenation to be ready for the start of the 2019 - 2020 school year.  
     
    Also, I would like to thank you for the chance to serve the Washington Central Educational Community and the opportunity to learn from each of you.  Your continued service to children will always be inspirational to me.  
     
    I wish all the best for each of you and Washington Central into the future and I hope to see many of you soon.
     
    Bill Kimball
    Superintendent
     
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  • 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.

    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 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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