Representative Heidi Scheuermann briefed the board on work she has been doing with the legislature and a meeting she coordinated for board chairs and Superintendent Wrend with several key employees of the Vermont Agency of Education, as well as the legislative teams from both districts. Representative Scheuermann continues to provide legislative support for Stowe and Elmore-Morristown Unified Union’s application for an alternative governance structure under Act 46.
The board decided on several updates to board operations policies, which will be warned for adoption at an upcoming meeting.
The board also began to review its Policy on Public Use of School Facilities use. A number of community members spoke about an upcoming event on May 20 that a community member will be hosting, which will take place in Stowe High School but which is not sponsored by the district. This discussion will continue, as the board fulfills the district’s obligation to honor the free speech rights of individuals and groups using the facilities. The board will be exploring ways to get broad community feedback on options for changes to the facilities-use policy in the coming months.