LSSU E-Newsletter April 17, 2019

LSUU Board Brief
April 12, 2019

The newly elected Board of Directors of the merged Lamoille South Unified Union (LSUU) School District held its first meeting on Friday, April 12.  The merged LSUU board representation is: Penny Jones (1 Elmore), Stephanie Craig, Karen Cleary, David Bickford (3 Morrisville), Cara Zimmerman, Leigh Pelletier, and Tiffany Donza (3 Stowe).

We would like to remind you that our district continues to concurrently:

  • appeal the Vermont State Board of Education’s decision;
  • take steps required by law for a forced merger; and
  • make decisions centered around normal school operations.

The formation of the new, merged LSUU Board is part of preparations necessary for merged governance, as required by law.  How this newly formed board will operate in the future depends on whether the legislature provides for a delay or if the court rules in our favor.  The LSUU, LSSU, SSD and EMUU school boards are committed to remaining flexible depending on the outcomes of the ongoing Act 46 legislation and litigation.

In the meantime, at our first meeting, the LSUU Board made decisions important to future operations.

Board Organization & Time/Place of Meetings
The LSUU Board voted as its Chair: Cara Zimmerman, Vice-Chair: Stephanie Craig, and Clerk: Leigh Pelletier. Delegation of other responsibilities can be found in our minutes.

Beginning next school year, meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the first (in Stowe) and third (in Morrisville) Mondays of every month.

Budget
The LSUU Board approved the merged budget. The merged budget is a combination of the three towns’ voter-approved budgets, with no additions or deletions. In order for our district to comply with the merged district legal requirements, we must have the merged budget approved by voters.

Community attendance at the Special Annual Meeting (and at regular board meetings) is strongly encouraged!  Please come to Stowe High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m. to learn about the merged budget.

The merged budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Elmore, Morristown and Stowe Town Offices.  Early voting for the merged budget will begin on May 8, 2019.  The merged budget is available for your review on our website.  Please make sure to vote!

More detailed information can be found in our board minutes.

News about the merged LSUU board and district will be posted using our current supervisory union e-news at https://www.lamoillesouthsu.org/blog.php. Please visit the website regularly, or consider subscribing and receive updates directly by email.