Creating Good Governance for Our Local Schools

In June of 2019, the Putney, Dummerston, Brattleboro and Guilford School Districts were merged into the Windham Southeast School District (WSESD), a single district with nine schools.  
Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Dummerston School, Guilford Central School, Putney Central School, the Brattleboro elementary schools Oak Grove, Green Street, and Academy, and the Windham Regional Career Center are currently governed by a body of eight school board members (School Directors). As of November, 2019, two additional seats were added for School Directors residing in the town of Brattleboro, effective March 3, 2020. 


WSESU and WSESD Meeting Agendas

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room, Brattleboro.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER—4:30 p.m. — Kerry Amidon, Board Chair

II. CLERK’S REPORT


WWAC Honors Departing Marlboro College with Talks by Two Seniors

As Marlboro College takes first steps in leaving Vermont to become the “Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies” on the Emerson College campus in Boston, the Windham World Affairs Council is holding what may be its last “Marlboro event” while the college is still a cherished neighbor. On December 6, 2019, at 7:00 pm at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot St. in Brattleboro, WWAC will host two Marlboro students presenting on topics related to their senior research projects. We invite you to join us for this special event.

Over the years, WWAC programs have benefited tremendously from proximity to Marlboro College. For years, the college offered the Council the privilege of holding monthly talks at their Marlboro Graduate Center in downtown Brattleboro, never asking for a rental fee. Their Faculty members often served on the WWAC Board. Their students attended its lectures. They shared their prestigious Presidential Seminar Speaker Series with the organization. WWAC will really miss their presence in our community.


WSESU Board Agenda for 11/25/19

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.


11/19 Vote – Voter Beware

Question #2 & #3: Voter Beware!

If you think that voting yes on the proposed amendments on November 19th means voters would have a fair say in school closures… think again!

Read questions #2 and #3 carefully.  I like the idea of giving the voters a say.  Right now, the board would have authority to close classrooms or schools.  The voters have no say. But, if these amendments pass, the majority does not decide.


Helpful Information Regarding Special WSESD Vote

Below is information that might be helpful to know for November 19th special elections.

Attached is a sample ballot for all four towns – Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney. All towns’ ballots are the same. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, November 18th. Sample ballots can also be found on our website at www.brattleboro.org under Elections.


Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney Citizens Invited to Information Sessions About the Proposed Amendments to the WSESD Articles of Agreement

The Windham Southeast School District (“WSESD”) school board will hold information sessions on November 13th and November 14th to answer questions about the ballot for the proposed amendments to the Articles of Agreement. Election Day is Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. Early voting has already begun.

The Wednesday, November 13th information session will be held at Dummerston School at 6 p.m. Dummerston School is located at 52 School House Road, just off Route 5, in East Dummerston.


Preparing for Widowhood Topic of Program

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – With the average life expectancy of women longer than that of men, the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women is offering a discussion session on Preparing for Widowhood Friday, Dec. 6 at noon.

The free session will be held in the community room at The Brattleboro Savings and Loan Association at 221 Main Street and includes lunch.

Participating and offering guidance are Jean Giddings, attorney at law; Toni Ciampaglione, financial advisor at Park Place Financial Planners; and Theresa Masiello, vice-president and senior retail officer at BS& L.


Marlboro College Merging With Emerson College

VT Digger is reporting that Marlboro College will be giving its campus and endowment to Emerson College of Boston.

“Under a tentative agreement, Marlboro leaders say the school’s roughly $30 million endowment and $10 million in land and buildings will endow Emerson’s Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies program, which will be renamed the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College. “


School Board for Guilford, Dummerston, Putney and Brattleboro To Take Up Turf Field Resurfacing on November 6th

On Wednesday, November 6th the Windham Southeast School District (WSESD) School Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Cusick Conference room on the second floor of the Windham Regional Career Center, 80 Atwood Street, Brattleboro. The board is scheduled to discuss the resurfacing of Brattleboro Union High School’s (BUHS) Natowich Field. The focus of the field portion of the meeting will be on BUHS’s proposal t0 resurface the field using artificial turf. Board sub-committees will present research on topics related to the three proposed resurfacing options, followed by discussion by the entire board and a possible vote. All are welcome to attend and comment.