CVU board discusses school district consolidation

As the school year wraps up, the Champlain Valley Union School Board discussed the upcoming transition to the Champlain Valley School District.

The discussion took place during the May 16 regular school board meeting where CVU Board members provided input to Charlotte CVSD Board member Mark McDermott, who attended the hearing. He noted he welcomed emails and other communication as the new governing body takes over the management of the school district.

Last June, voters in Shelburne, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Williston, and St. George approved the merger of the individual school boards into one unified district.

McDermott also said he already had some information from CVU school commissioners. The board also heard that CVSD Board Chairman Dave Connery received information on how to hold disciplinary meetings.

Following that, CVU Board member Joan Lenes, a Shelburne representative on the board, noted that the school plans to hold a longevity celebration and ice cream social June 13, honoring employees who have served on the Hinesburg campus “10, 15 years and up.” Lenes said she spoke with Chittenden South Supervisory Union Superintendent of Schools Elaine Pinckney about similar events and traditions each school has to honor staff. Lenes said Pinckney was supportive of and respected traditions each school employs. Lenes said she hopes that established traditions continue after the consolidation goes into effect.

“We’re still CVU until July 1,” Lenes said.

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