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Act 46 Meeting Agenda for 11-3-16

Agenda
Act 46 Independent School Governance Study

MVU Library
November 3, 2016
7:00 PM

 

Committee Members and Staff:

Bob Berger – Chair, Connie Beyor, Toby Maguire, Bob Irish, Jason McConnell, Terri O’Shea, and Winton Goodrich

 

Visitors:

 

Agenda:

 

7:00        Call meeting to order

Adopt minutes from Oct. 17th meeting

Tonight’s Tasks: What do we need to do at this meeting?

  • Check-in on assignments and discuss what they mean to our study
    1. Town perspectives on benefits of merger
    2. What is going on with other alternative structure studies
  • Continue to discuss ability to meet goals
  • Dig deeper into supervisory demographics

 

7:10 – 7:15           Guests

 

7:15 – 8:00           Report Outs from Committee Members

 

  1. Check-in and discussion of possible benefits of unification

 

    1. Update from Win and Connie

What other alternative structures are being proposed

  1. VSBA Regional Meeting (10/18) – Connie
  2. VSA Fall Conf. (10/20) – Bob and Win
    1. Possible merger ideas
      1. MVU, FNWSU, and Swanton
      2. Highgate and Franklin
      3. Sheldon, Bakersfield, and Alburgh (Montgomery and Berkshire)
        1. Georgia

 

8:00 – 8:30           Goals One and Two: How are we doing at meeting them?

 

  1. Report on master schedules

 

  1. Deeper look at supervisory union data
    1. AOE Integrated Field Review – January 24, 2017
    2. Begin to assess FNWSU compliance with Education Quality Standards

 

SBAC Scores
School District FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

 

NECAP Science Scores
School District FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

  1. Student/staff ratios

 

Student/Staff Ratio
School FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

Student/Licensed Teacher Ratio
School FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

 

Class Size Ratio
School FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

 

 

 

Student/Administrator Ratio
School FNWSU Vermont
Franklin
Highgate
MVU
Sheldon
Swanton

 

8:30 – 8:50           Goal Three, Four and Five: How are we doing at meeting them?

 

  1. Look at data
  2. What goes well
  3. Areas for improvement
  4. Ways to continually improve
    1. Win – Developing unified contract with consistent pay and benefits

 

8:50 – 9:00           Other and Next Steps

  1. Research
    1. Walk through components of DMC study with respect to achieving Act 46 Goal 3
      1. Analyze ratio of SLPs and students needing service
      2. Compare % of instruction time for FNW and Vermont students on IEPs
    2. Early analysis of FNWSU compliance with AOE Education Quality Standards

 

9:00        Adjournment

 

 

Continue assessing data needed regarding the SU’s current ability to meet or exceed each of the Act 46 goals below.

  • Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities statewide;
  • Lead students to achieve or exceed the State’s Education Quality Standards, adopted as rules by the State Board of Education at the direction of the General Assembly;
  • Maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing the ratio of students to full-time equivalent staff;
  • Promote transparency and accountability; and
  • Delivered at a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value:
    • State cost per pupil comparisons

 

 

 

 

Future Study Committee Meetings – MVU Library from 7:00 to 9:00 PM:

  • 16 – Nov. 29 – Dec. 14

 

Act 46 Independent Study Time Line

  • August through December – Research Study options
  • December 14, 2016 – Complete Study draft
  • December, 2016 – Provide draft Study recommendations for local school board review
  • January 4, 2017 – Present Study recommendations to SU Board
  • January 20, 2017 – Include Study recommendations in Town Reports
  • February, 2017 – Information meetings
  • March, 2017 – Community vote on Study recommendations at Town Meetings
  • October, 2017 – School boards present Act 46 rationale to the State Board of Education