New name, new transitional structure for school supervisory union


The public relations committee of the new Two Rivers Supervisory Union, which encompasses Chester and Andover schools, has announced that work is well under way for the launch of the merged organization on July 1, 2013.

The following principles have been adopted by the board:

a) The new SU organization will be sized to allow efficient, individual operation of the schools and allow increased potential for improved student opportunities.
b) The new SU will promote efficient fiscal operation.
c) The new SU will provide opportunities for closing achievement gaps – socioeconomic, gender, etc.
d) The new SU will provide greater equity of opportunity for students across the communities.
e) The new SU will have the potential to provide increased learning opportunities for all members of the student population.
f) The new SU will have the ability to share across schools best practices, professional development, etc.

Executive leadership through June 2014 has been set with Bruce Williams becoming superintendent and Linda Waite associate superintendent. Williams and Waite will continue to work in their current positions toward the goal of a fully operational new SU by July 1, 2013. “To help ensure successful implementation and the greatest stability for our educational institutions, during the 2013-14 school year they will work as a team sharing duties of the central office based on their strengths and interest,” said Bob Herbst and Allison DesLauriers, transition board co-chairs.

Additionally, the following positions have been offered: director of Special Education to Mary Barton, director of Information Technology & Instructional Integration to Lauren Baker and director of Finance to Christopher Adams. The appointments become effective July 1, 2013.

The Two Rivers transitional board consists of board members from all six schools.

  • Chester-Andover Elementary School: Wendy Baker; Jeff Hance and Phillisa Jones-Prescott.
  • Ludlow Elementary: Susan Barton; Amanda Brown; Rich Le Tourneau and Donna Parker.
  • Cavendish Town Elementary: Dr. Gene Bont; Jessica Goodman and Stuart Lindberg.
  • Mount Holly Elementary: Tina Cohen; co-chair Bob Herbst and David Venter.
  • Black River Unified School District #39: co-treasurer Angela Benson-Ciufo; Liz Crowley and Linda Guerrera.
  • Green Mountain Union High: co-chair Alison DesLauriers; Geralyn Donohue and Ginger Roper.
  • Andover Town: co-treasurer Joseph Fromberger
  • Baltimore Town: Wayne Wheelock
  • Chester Town: Gertrude Bennett
  • Plymouth Town: Policy Committee chair Julie Dupont

The TWSU transitional board now is working on budget preparation and staff structure. Stephen Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, said, at the Nov. 15th transitional board meeting, “It is impressive what the board has accomplished so far: name, leadership, staffing, budget, policies…”
— Liz Crowley

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