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July 2018 - Public Comments + Questions

Released 8-6-2018   -  RJW, chair

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These are from the two RVUSD Board Meetings in June and July 2018.

Comments from Dover (June) and Wardsboro (July) Meetings

Citizens voted on the Articles of Agreement.

Article 3 – Grades included states “The Unified District will operate schools for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Six and will pay tuition for the students in Grades Seven through Twelve pursuant to Vermont statutes.”

$3,000 has been estimated for Option B multi-grade additional professional development.
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Equity of Offerings: Article 1

Educational Opportunities – “the Unified Board will allow for educational opportunities provided at each school to be extended to all students in the district.”

Honoring the Culture – Wardsboro.

It appears all things listed are possible in Option B. Slide at end of the answers.

The plan does not propose the combining of grades on the Dover Campus. The Board will discuss Equity as it designs the new district. Working Definition of Equity at end of the answers.

No, all 5th grade students receive instruction in the Vermont Educational Quality Standards
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No transportation has not been added and neither has an additional Aide.

In Option B, 15-18 students are expected in the prek3 – K class with a teacher, Aide, and Principal/Interventionist. The Board will devise a procedure for employment that respects existing and future Collective Bargaining Agreements. That process is unknown at this time.

Under one District Board, coordination is possible and expected to address this.
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Future Board Decision
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Fall of 2018
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Once a defined structure has been decided upon, more detail can be provided.
Transportation- unknown at this time
Future Board Decision

Dover Campus:

  • PreK3-4: 16-19
  • K: 12-14
  • 1: 10-12
  • 2: 10-12
  • 3: 15-17
  • 4: 15-17
  • 5: 19-21
  • 6: 17-19

Wardsboro Campus:

  • PreK3- K: 15-18
  • 1-2: 10-14
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Option A – no change

Option B – more concentrated at Dover Campus.

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Public Comment, Board Creates a Structure, Develops a Budget, Citizen's vote.

Educational equity means that each student receives the resources and educational opportunities they need to learn and thrive.  

  • Equity means that a student’s success is not predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, family economics, class, geography, disability, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or initial proficiencies.   
  • Equity means that every school provides high quality curriculum, programs, teachers and administrators, extracurricular activities and support services.
  • Equity goes beyond formal equality where all students are treated the same. Achieving equity may require an unequal distribution of resources and services.
  • Equity involves disrupting inequitable practices, acknowledging biases, employing practices that reflect the reality that all students will learn, and creating inclusive multicultural school environments for adults and children.

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