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Act 46 Update • Friday, August 28th

Public Forum-Act 46   November 14th, 10am at Grand Isle School
Act 46 Update

On August 28, 2015, the South Hero School Board attended an organizational meeting of the Grand Isle Supervisory Union Board to discuss the options available to Island towns for responding to the directives put forth by the state in Act 46. You can visit the website of the Vermont Agency of Education at to learn more about Act 46 and what it requires of districts.

Our first step was for the South Hero School Board to decide whether or not we wanted to engage in a study of possibilities with the five towns that are currently a part of the GISU. We voted to participate in that study. The study committee will consist of 16 members, representing the 5 towns in proportion to the number of equalized pupils in the individual districts. Alburgh and Grand Isle will each have 5 members, South Hero will have 3, North Hero will have 2 and Isle La Motte 1. The committee members from South Hero are Kris Bowser, RJ Sweeney and Mike Bishop, with Dave Cain and Tim Maxham as alternates.

A budget of $25,000.00 was approved, with $20,000.00 coming from a grant which our superintendent, Barbara Burrington, will apply for. The remaining $5,000.00 cost will be split by the 5 towns, again in proportion to their student count. South Hero will be responsible for $1000.00 of that amount.

The committee intends to explore options which will include creating a single 5 Island town district as well as the possibility of joining districts outside of the county. It was agreed by all committee members that kids, and what is in their best interests will be our number one priority throughout this study. All members are also keenly aware that a high quality education needs to be delivered to our students at a cost that parents, voters and taxpayers value.

As we move forward, we expect to meet twice a month, rotating through the Island schools. Our meetings will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The September meetings will be held on 9/15 at 6:30 at the North Hero School and 9/22 at 6:30 at the Isle La Motte School. Information about the Act 46 Study will be available as a link on the GISU website, at
Posted by on 2015-08-28
2016/12/01 Minutes DRAFT

Cain,  Dave Folsom School Board Member
Henderson,  Melanie Folsom Board Member
Maxham,  Tim Folsom School Board Member
McKelvie,  Susan Folsom ECC Principal & Admin
Pidgeon,  Julie 5-8 Humanities & Board Secretary
julpidg@gisu.org802.372.6600 x3007
Sweeney,  RJ Folsom School Board Member
Vaughan,  Bentley Board Member

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