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ACT 46 Needs You PDF Print E-mail

Under Act 46, approved by the legislature in 2015, a Washington Central Supervisory Union study committee (composed of representatives from the five towns) is studying whether there is a form of school governance-school management-other than our current system of six separate school boards that would aid us in providing a better education for all our PreK-12 students at a sustainable cost. The focus of the law is on the consolidation of school management (school boards); it does not speak to the issue of consolidating schools - i.e. fewer schools. With declining school population in the WCSU district and across the state, fewer schools may, in fact, become the norm; but that is not what is under consideration in the current study.

 

The study committee is charged with producing either a specific recommendation or an update on its progress by June 30, 2016. Any recommendation will be voted on by the citizens of each of our five towns of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, and Worcester.

 

This survey of the residents of our five towns is a critical piece of the work of the study committee that will allow the committee members to understand more deeply the values and ideas of the citizens we represent so that any recommendation can reflect those aspirations and feelings. The committee has worked with students from U-32's classes in statistics and journalism on this survey and will continue to collaborate with the students on the analysis and presentation of the results to the communities of WCSU.

 

Please complete this short questionnaire by March 2, 2016. It should take no more than 15 minutes.   Please click the survey link below:

http://www.expertscan.autodata.com/default.aspx?webid=FF26FAED-7547-471E-B61C-836F0E61978A

 

** For a fuller explanation of the WCSU Act 46 study committee, its charge and its work, please click the following link:  https://sites.google.com/a/wcsu32.org/wcsu-act-46/home 

 
School Budgets PDF Print E-mail

FY 2016-2017 School Budget Information

In order to facilitate a more transparent budget process, Washington Central Supervisory Union is using this page to post budgetary information for the residents of our five towns.  The budget preparation cycle starts in late September, with each school starting with budget development.  In October, each board gives budget direction to the administration.  During the months of November, December and January the Boards in Washington Central worked on the budgets and solicited input from the community through public forums.  

In the budget development process, we rely on multiple pieces of information to anticipate the final expenditures and tax rates.  During the month of November, we receive the maximum increase for health insurance, during December we receive the state base amount per pupil, the estimated state tax rate increase, our Equalized Pupil Numbers and the Common Level of Appraisal.  As we receive these figures, our budgets and estimated tax rates will become more precise.

Please find the budgets approved by the School Board of Director's and the Director's Report by school below:

 

Berlin:  Director Report and Final Budget 

Berlin Budget Presentation:  

 

Calais:  Director Report and Final Budget

 

Doty:  Director Report and Final Budget

Doty Budget Presenation: 

 

East Montpelier:  Director Report and Final Budget

East Montpeler Budget Presenation:  

 

 Middlesex:  Director Report and Final Budget

 

U-32:  Director Report and Final Budget

U-32 Budget Presentation:  

 

Washington Central Supervisory Union: Final Budget  - The budget was approved by the WCSU Full Board on December 2, 2015.

 

 
WCSU Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michelle Ksepka   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 13:51

For the full version of WCSU Happenings click here.

WCSU Review – Bill Kimball

In this issue of Washington Central Happenings, Jen Miller-Arsenault has provided a debriefing of the January 20th in-service day, as well as information regarding upcoming professional development opportunities.  Kelly Bushey gave an overview for the summer planning, and the Technology Department supplied an update showing the breakdown of projects they’ve worked on during the past few months.  Take a look at the Alphabet Soup translations and who our winner was for the contest.  Finally, this round of “Celebrating What’s Right” examines healthy eating and “Fun Fitness” happening around the supervisory union.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to provide a brief overview of the budgets WCSU is presenting to the towns for FY 14-15, along with information regarding equalized pupil changes.  The district school boards have been very diligent and have kept our budgets at reasonable rates, some even lower than expected.

 

The main driver behind this information pertains to the increases from the state and impact from the Common Level of Appraisal. 

Listed below is a table containing the percentage of expense increases and net tax impact from each of the Elementary Schools and the U-32 budget. 

School

% Expense   Increase

%

Net

Tax

Berlin Elementary

3.12%

3.96%

Calais Elementary

3.27%

1.88%

Doty Memorial

0.80%

2.56%

East Montpelier Elem.

2.04%

-0.13%

Rumney Memorial

0.00%

3.24%

U-32

5.19%

3.23%

 

This next table contains information regarding the impact for each of the Elementary Schools and U-32’s proposed budgets for FY 14-15 with equalized pupil changes. * (See *Note.)

     Proposed FY14-15 Budgets w/Equalized Pupil Changes

School

Elementary Impact

U-32 Impact

Total Tax Impact

Berlin Elementary

 $      0.015

 $     0.022

 $     0.037

Calais Elementary

 $     (0.018)

 $     0.030

 $     0.012

Doty Memorial

 $      0.029

 $     0.012

 $     0.041

East Montpelier Elem.

 $      0.008

 $     0.050

 $     0.058

Rumney Memorial

 $      0.033

 $    (0.009)

 $     0.024

*Note: This table does not include the impact of the Common Level of Appraisal or the state-wide property tax rate set by the legislature.

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WCSU Annual Report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 09:58

This publication is a way to celebrate and feature different events and programs in our school communities, along with some success stories from our former students.  This report will also highlight the progress on student learning and performance on various assessments, as well as what we are doing throughout our schools to ensure success for each and every student.  


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Celebrating What's Right PDF Print E-mail

Traveling to the different schools and visiting the classrooms, I see tremendous examples of student engagement and learning. After reading the weekly newsletters and visiting each school, I realize that I might be one of the few, fortunate individuals that get to see all the education and celebration happening across the supervisory union. So in that vein, we are starting a new feature called, “Celebrating What’s Right”.

Our supervisory union is proud of our teachers, students and community members. We want to make sure you’re aware of all of the exciting events and accomplishments happening throughout our supervisory union.

In the last few issues of RUMNEY NOTES, they extolled the Fall Harvest Dinner that took place on November 3rd at Rumney Memorial School. In his “Message from the Principal”, Adam Rosen praised the businesses and community members helping support the event. The dinner raised just over $6,000, providing $3600 for the Rumney Food Service program, as well as $2400 for the Middlesex Food Shelf. Take a look at Rumney’s newsletter from November 8, 2012. (This is the link: http://grades.wcsuonline.org/rumneyweb/pdfnews/2012/rmsnews_2012_11_08.pdf)

We thank Rumney supporters for “Celebrating what’s right”!

Sincerely,

Bill Kimball, Superintendent

 
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