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November 16, 2021

It is my duty as the Chair to inform the ConVal community that Board Member Jerry Wilson (Peterborough) tendered his resignation from the Board, effective November 30, 2021, or earlier if a replacement could be found before that date.

I would like to take this time to thank Jerry for his years of service devoted to the students and communities of ConVal during his tenure.

It’s that time of year again from a school budget and property tax bill point of view.  And it’s time to start our annual series of articles regarding the financial aspects of running the District.

We’re going to take a different approach this year.  The past two years, our articles built a base of knowledge about the school budget and the property tax process. 

We have received excellent response to the Community Forum survey we provided for community input.

As a quick recap to the survey results:

There were 135 survey respondents with 92 noting they will be attending the Community Forum in person.

The survey topics in ranked order of selection by the community:

  • Masking and COVID 19 

The ConVal School Board and Administration are moving forward in the planning for the first ConVal Community Forum. We are excited about providing you this opportunity for a constructive, open, informative, and meaningful dialogue.

Each section explains a specific aspect of the forum and will give you a full understanding of what will be happening and how to participate.

Upcoming Events

30
November Tuesday
Equity Committee Mtg. @ SAU Office
5:30 pm
07
December Tuesday
Policy Committee Mtg. @ SAU
6:00 pm
07
December Tuesday
Public Hearing to Expend Trust Funds
7:00 pm
07
December Tuesday
School Board Mtg. @ SAU
7:15 pm
09
December Thursday
Communication Committee Mtg. @ SAU
6:30 pm
14
December Tuesday
Budget & Property Committee Mtg. @ SAU
6:00 pm

2021-2022 School Board Goals

1. Strategic Plan
The Board will actively engage in the development of a Strategic Plan that is forward thinking, addresses the ConVal mission and vision, includes a defined pathway forward for consolidation / reorganization of the District schools for consideration by District voters, and a thorough identification of maintenance and capital needs for development of a bond proposal in March 2023.

2. Budget and Finance
The Board, in cooperation with the administration, will propose a budget that meets the needs of the District with sensitivity to the burden on taxpayers that we can present to the voters with full transparency and confidence.

3. Communication
The Board, working with the Superintendent, will increase Board communication including proactive communication with the community on Board matters, engagement of the community via forums that allow for a question and answer format, and will develop strong and supportive community connections and strong partnerships with community organizations, state and local agencies, service providers, and businesses.

4. Learning Recovery / Reopening
The Board will support the District’s learning recovery efforts to address the ongoing negative impact of the pandemic on the academic progress of our students.