Study Comm Meeting Minutes September 22, 2011
CSSU RED Study Committee September 22, 2011
Members Present: Zoe Erdman, Wendy Goodrich, Mary Catherine Jones, Jeanne Jensen, Chris Kapsalis, Colleen MacKinnon, Bob Mason, Brian O’Regan, Elaine Pinckney, Deb Baker-Moody, Bob Goudreau, Lisa Falcone(early departure), Sue Thibault (early departure)
Members Absent: Russ Caffry, Charlie Magill, Rich Lowrey
Approval of August 25, 2011 Minutes
ACTION: Jeanne Jensen made the motion to approve the minutes as amended. Chris Kapsalis seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Review/Discussion of CSSU Common Topic Responses
Representatives shared the responses from their board related to the CSSU Common Topic discussion at the CSSU School Board meeting:
Shelburne School Board: Varied opinions were heard
Charlotte School Board: Some members shared no input as they don’t feel they know enough about it or have enough information on the subject. One member strongly had concerns about the loss of local control that they feel would come by forming a RED. One member would not support a RED as individual feels there is no clear evidence of positive benefits or outcomes resulting for kids.
Hinesburg School Board: No input at the local board level.
CVU School Board: Varied opinions heard
Williston School Board: Varied opinions heard
Research Considerations – Brief Overview
Consideration of all distributed research was discussed.
Articles of Agreement, Appendices; Cost Benefit Analysis: Documents to Date
If decision is to go forward with recommending a RED, Articles of Agreement need to be further developed. If not recommending a RED, they do not need to be included in report to Commissioner.
If the recommendation is for a RED the issues needing further attention:
- Size of the board
- School closure wording – number of years…
- Local council involvement wording
- St. George Article that speaks specifically re: alignment relationship with a current district and school choice
Study Committee Recommendation
ACTION: Jeanne Jensen made the motion that The Committee acknowledges the support of the formation of a RED and has further decided to investigate several elements of a RED prior to taking final action as a committee. The areas include:
- Governance/leadership including local control/local voice
Chris Kapsalis seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
Essence of VT is to be connected to their schools and their community. Need to have a voice. Need to figure out what “possible’ local councils look like.
Implementing changes discussed through the process without forming the RED. Things can happen now to improve the current system.
Potential is phenomenal. Great possibilities by taking a leap-of-faith. Students coming from the K-8s to the high school would be unified.
Concern expressed about an absence of momentum on issue in community.
Concern about administrative time to move a RED forward.
Concerns about articulating concerns to the issues to secure the votes. People with no kids in school will vote their pocketbooks.
Believe in the process but need to have a mechanism in place to bring clarity to the communities.
Will have missed an opportunity to go to the communities if there is a no support vote.
Put a vote in front of people to get their attention. Then continue to do the work.
The committee deferred any formal action and have identified four areas as a result of tonight’s meeting that the committee would like to investigate further then bring information to the community for input. The committee sees the value of moving forward on the RED and will continue focusing on the four areas identified this evening.
A scripted statement will be drafted to help committee members answer community and media questions.
Next meeting scheduled on 10/13 from 5-7pm. Focus: Local Control issues.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15pm