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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Every Silver Lining’s Got a Touch of Grey

Mindset rules - If you believe it- it will happen! I can’t see the full picture yet but I know great things are in the future for kids when Essex Town and Chittenden Central become one.

The work underway is not quite breakneck but, the work associated with merging with Chittenden Central has directed much of my energy to ensure that the unification process is seamless and focused on what’s best for students PK-12.

The UU School Board is hard at work. Their work plan is taking shape with a focus on several key bodies of work:
  • FY 18 Budget Development 
  • Policy Development 
  • Superintendent Search Process 
  • Contract Negotiations 
  • Community Engagement 
That’s board work, but what about the stuff going on inside? Merging Finance Systems, Payroll Systems, Student Information Systems, Staff Professional Growth Systems, Curriculum Alignment, Local Assessment Plans, Building and Grounds, School Bus Transportation, IT Infrastructure and the list goes on!

The internal work facilitated by Judy and I, can be dropped into three buckets: What has to happen by 7/1/17, what would be great if it did happen by 7/1/17, and what is a good idea but not mission critical. Clearly, number 1, is getting a new Finance and HR system on-line and an IT infrastructure in place that supports it. A team of Essex Town and Chittenden Central staff are hard at work with that end in mind, comparing existing systems and considering alternatives as well.

Essex Town and Chittenden Central District and School based Leaders are in the beginning stages of exploring how best to approach redefining common purpose and how we can effectively re-shape and merge our two leadership structures. Although our current structures are different, our definition of student success is clearly aligned. And we all agree, without effective leadership, traction is slippery at best!

The following link provides access to the UU Board’s Blog: Although in its infancy, this site provides useful information concerning the work underway at the board level.

With the future in mind,


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