HUUSD School Board Meeting Recap - 10/16/19

Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on October 16, 2019, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on the five(5) items below (listed in order of the time in the meeting when the vote occurred):

  1. Adopted: Eliminate scenarios A and B from further consideration:
    • Scenario A (PreK/Early Ed Center/Central Office at Moretown Elementary, PreK - 4 at Thatcher Brook, Waitsfield and Warren, Grades 5 - 8 Crossett Brook, Grades 9 - 12 at Harwood Union)
    • Scenario B (PreK - 4 at Thatcher Brook, PreK - 4 at three valley schools, Grades 5 - 8  Crossett Brook, Grades 9 - 12 at Harwood Union) 
  2. Adopted: Move the following scenarios forward for further study and consideration:
    • “D” scenarios (PreK - 4 at Thatcher Brook, PreK - 6 at Moretown, Waitsfield and Warren, Grades 5 - 6 at Crossett Brook and 7 - 8 at Crossett Brook, Grades 9 - 12 at Harwood Union; Also includes a version with 5th/6th graders from Moretown only at Crossett Brook) 
    • Status quo scenario (everything remains as is)
  3. Tabled for 10/23 meeting: a motion that an additional scenario be modeled: TBPS K-2; CBMS 3-6; all 7-12 at HUHS; 4 valley schools K-6.
  4. Adopted: The board will get a second legal opinion regarding Article 6 of the Articles of Agreement from a firm that has no affiliation, nor has done prior work with, the VSA, VSBA, AOE, and VPA. 
  5. Approved the following items as part of the consent agenda:  Approved: Minutes of 9/25/19 & Policy Committee Minutes of 10/2/19; Accepted: Vouchers 1076, 1077, 1080, and 1081 equaling $733,477.78

Additionally, there was a Special Q & A and Public Comment session to address the public’s questions on the Board’s PreK - 12 planning; Board members spent the bulk of the meeting reflecting on what they’ve heard from the community on this topic and shared their own thoughts and questions regarding the PreK-12 plan and next steps; and the Admin team supplied some additional information for Board members to consider as they make decisions. Information on the PreK-12 planning work and process can be found here: https://huusd.org/prek-12-bond-plan

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 pm in the Harwood Union School library and it will begin with another extended Q & A and Public Comment session to address the public’s questions on the board’s PreK - 12 plan in progress.

Please visit https://huusd.org/huusd-board to confirm time and place of meetings. You’ll also find all board and committee agendas, packets and minutes, and the link to board meeting videos. The direct link to watch this and other recent meetings is: https://mrvtv.com/category/school-board-meetings/. An archive of older meetings can be found here: https://archive.org/search.php?query=Harwood+Unified+Union+School+Board&sort=-date 

Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

Respectfully,

The HUUSD Board

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