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June 2014 VSBA Newsletter
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Reflections on The Recent Debate on Education Governance

Vermont’s system of public education has received more attention over the past four months than at any time in recent memory. The debate has gone something like this ....
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A Perspective From 20 Years on School Boards

VSBA President Emily Long

It is hard to believe the transition between spring and summer is upon us already.  Most days of late have been filled with end-of-school events and graduation plans.  Many of us are looking forward to a few less meetings over the coming months before another school year begins.  This has been a busy spring for me, too, as I became President of the Vermont School Boards Association in March.  While this new role came to me unexpectedly, so far it has proven to be a rewarding experience...
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REGIONAL VSBA MEETINGS:
Seeking Equal Education Opportunity And Sustainable Costs

The Vermont School Boards Association holds regional meetings for its members each fall. The purpose is to conduct the business of the statewide association as well as to provide information and board development opportunities to school board members throughout the state. For each of the past three years, we have conducted 11 regional meetings in order to make them as accessible to board members as possible...     READ MORE

School Budgets 2014

The school budgeting season usually begins in mid-fall and wraps up in the Spring.  Usually, most are  adopted on or before Town Meeting.  Nineteen are scheduled after town meeting day. There are always some budget defeats or reconsiderations which cause the season to extend into later months...
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WE NEED TO TALK: Discussing Health Care With Your Employees

By Nicole Mace

Vermont’s school districts are under tremendous pressure to educate students to their highest potential in as efficient a manner as possible.  In order to do so, we need to be able to attract and retain the best possible employees given the resources we have available...
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Open Meeting Law Changes Could Mean Increased Liability For Boards

It was four years in the making, but the House and Senate finally agreed on a major updating of the Open Meeting Law. As passed, H.497 updates Vermont’s open meeting law in several ways: it clarifies the definition of a meeting and dictates procedures for how electronic meetings may be conducted; makes some changes to agenda posting and executive session requirements; and creates new penalty and enforcement provisions for failure to follow the law.  These new requirements take effect on July 1...
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An Introduction & Welcome To Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary Of Education

Rebecca Holcombe, Vermont's new Secretary of Education, met with the VSBA Board in December 2013.  She began the conversation by thanking school board members for "taking care of our children", "making decisions collectively" and doing the hard work to "get it right."...
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Solving The Funding Problem For Retired Teacher Health Care

The Vermont State Treasurer, Beth Pearce, has been doggedly pursuing a solution to a chronic problem related to Vermont’s teacher retirement system—the funding of health care benefits for retired teachers...
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A Vermont Initiative To Promote Public Understanding and Support for the Personalization of Learning

The Vermont School Boards Association will support the work of the Agency of Education to develop and deliver a statewide “Communicating School Redesign” initiative as an integral component of implementing Act 77.  The goal is to provide school board members, teachers, students and administrators with the knowledge and skills to build public understanding and advocacy for the personalization of learning in the state, consistent with the VSBA/VSA’s “Vision for a World Class Education”...
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Board Member Profile: Cindy Peet

During her forty-two years on the Cornwall School Board, Cindy Peet has seen a lot change.  The one thing that has not changed during her years of service is the community's commitment to education...
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Retreating In Order To Move ForwardLooking Back, Looking Ahead

The summer provides school boards with an opportunity to assess their work and plan for the future.  The VSBA has the tools for self-assessment, goal setting and work planning, and provides consulting services to facilitate the process with boards.  Together we will consider questions on the self-assessment survey, translate those answers into measurable goals that can serve to establish an annual work plan... READ MORE

FACE THE CHALLENGES.   LEAD THE CHANGE.

The Annual Conference of the Vt School Boards Assn and Vt Superintendents Assn
October 30-31, 2014
Lake Morey Resort

School boards and Superintendents are being called upon to lead the charge to provide more equal opportunity for students across the state, to engage every student in a world-class education, and to create a more sustainable cost structure for education. This will require clarity of purpose, courage and persistent to take on difficult tasks, and the skills to carry out respective roles...
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Student Voice

The Vermont School Boards Association continues to promote and support student members on school boards.  Just as the State Board of Education has included students as members, we recognize the value of student voice in good governance.  There is a growing body of research that affirms the value of student voice in learning.  The VSBA is committed to developing and implementing a set of best practices that helps fulfill the promise of student voice in good governance.  In this way, we hope to contribute to the research base that affirms the value of student voice in good governance...
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Help In Hiring, Supporting, and Evaluating Your Superintendent

Successful school districts depend on effective boards who understand and perform their oversight role and superintendents who take responsibility for operating the district, providing educational leadership, and being accountable for outcomes...  

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Member-to-Member

The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) offers a Member-to-Member communication service to help connect board members with each other so that they may share best practices, learn from each other, and build community. The Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) offers a Member-to-Member communication service to help connect board members with each other so that they may share best practices, learn from each other, and build community.

Policy Service

A critical role of school boards is policy making. The VSBA provides model policies available to all boards and offers a policy service to help districts and supervisory unions meet their obligations effectively and efficiently. You may view more information on the VEPS website page.

 

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