The Folsom ECC School Board
Newsletter • Friday, January 8th
South Hero School Board
Newsletter December 2015
With the first trimester completed our school year is well underway. Our students are busy and engaged, our staff is working hard, and our numbers are up! We have heard from new families that Folsom has a great reputation and folks are coming to town so that their kids can attend our school!
Over the past summer we were able to continue with some building improvements. The middle school lower classrooms now have windows that open. The halls in the main building have had the carpet replaced by much easier to maintain floor tile and look great. The boys and girls bathrooms are getting a much needed overhaul. We have a new salad bar unit for the lunch room, and the freezer work is complete, and came in under budget! The identified list of maintenance issues is being steadily completed, and our school is looking better all the time.
The school board is gearing up for negotiations on the teacher contracts and addressing Act 46, the recent law enacted by the legislature that looks to create school districts of at least 900 pupils. The five island towns have agreed to participate in a study to explore our options in regards to consolidation either within the Islands or with neighboring districts. The study committee meets twice a month and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Information can be found through a link on the GISU website at www.GISU.org, or directly accessed at www.islandschools.org . A community forum has been held, and a survey has been circulated to encourage all Island residents to have a voice as we move forward. If you haven’t filled out a survey yet, please do and return it to either the town hall or the front office of the school. The survey can also be accessed online. We encourage you to check out the website and become involved in this important work. Look for another community forum in January of 2016.
We are entering the budget planning season now and as always, even though we recognize that this is an extremely busy time of year, we would love to have the input of community members as we work through the process of creating a budget that provides our students with the high quality of education that Folsom is known for, in a fiscally responsible manner.
South Hero School Board
Kris Bowser, Dave Cain, RJ Sweeney, Mike Bishop and Bernadette Toth
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