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School Board Update

Hi Neighbors — The December School Board meeting is traditionally the longest of the year, and this week’s meeting was no exception; a variety of challenging issues kept the Board at work until 11:15 p.m. Not surprisingly, this school board update is a little longer than usual as well. The meeting started off on a…

School Commissioner Report

Hi Neighbors — In anticipation of a potentially large public turn-out, the School Board met last Tuesday night at the library at the Hunt Middle School. The move proved unnecessary; only a handful of people showed up for the meeting. Among those in attendance were Ward 5 residents Dawn Moskowitz and Karen Paul, who both…

School Commissioner Report

Hi neighbors — As most of you are obviously aware, there’s a lot going on with the School Board these days. Rather than try to squeeze everything into a single post-Board Meeting-post next week, here’s an update of what’s been happening since the start of the month. Last Friday, the Board’s ad hoc Communication Committee…

Update on After-School Programs

Hi all — I received the following memorandum tonight from Superintendent Collins regarding the popular after-school programs in the Burlington Schools. Unfortunately, the grants that have been funding those programs are set to expire over the next 18 months. The District is looking into options to sustain those programs. As you’ll see at the bottom,…

Status of Proposed School Changes

Hi neighbors — As many of you are aware, the School Board is soliciting comments on the conclusions of the Task Force on Building Burlington’s Future. The most important conclusion, of course, is that the School District should implement socio-economic integration in the District’s schools. The Board has been holding a series of meetings and…

Burlington Schools Negotiations Update

Hi neighbors, The attached article was co-authored by Paul Hale and Terry Buehner and sent to the North Avenue News and VT Times for publication this month. It is a good explanation of the negotiating process between the School Board and the Burlington Education Association, the negotiating unit for the Burlington school teachers. If anyone…

More About City Kids Transfer

Hi all — I appreciated Joan Shannon’s comments regarding the City Council’s request that the Mayor delay a merger of the City Kids program with the after-school programs administered by the Burlington Schools. I am writing to add some additional information because I think that it is important for people to understand some of the…

School Board Update

Hi neighbors — The Burlington School Board held its July meeting this evening at the Ira Allen Building on Colchester Avenue. As is often the case for summer meetings, it was lightly attended; there were just 8 board members at the meeting (including both your Ward Five reps) and no members of the general public.…

School Commissioner Update

Dear Neighbors — The School Board met on Tuesday evening at the Lyman C. Hunt Middle School. The lead item on the agenda was the delivery of the final report of the Burlington School Board Task Force on Removing Obstacles to the Success of Students from Low Income Families. An executive summary was read by…