Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hunt PTO Update 10/26/14

Hey There Hunt Families - Lots of news district wide this past week - unfortunately, none of it reflects well upon us as a District.  I hope you will keep yourself informed and provide as much input as you can concerning your vision for our District. Here are a few things that I am thinking about this week in light of the news and announcements.

  •  What qualities do I think are important for a District Administrator (Superintendent)
  •  What rules of engagement do I support for School Board Members and District administration?
  • How much am I willing to pay in taxes vs. what items have to be cut from our School Budget (bus issue)

What are you thinking about?

Voice your Opinions/Concerns on the BSD website - Click on the Let's Talk button on the right side of the page     or contact your school board reps

Administrative Resignations - Message from School Board:  Dear PTO's,
  In light of today's administrative staff resignations, I would just like to say, that I have total confidence in the full Board of School Commissioners as a whole.  We have a group of highly skilled Commissioners who are determined to continue to educate Burlington's children in a school district that remains the envy of other school district's.  
  As of this moment, it would be inappropriate for me to say more.  I ask every resident of the City of Burlington to please do what you can to support the education of our children.  It takes an entire village.
   Thanks,  Commissioner Charlie Giannoni- Ward 3.

Superintendent Search Committee

Burlington Schools and Board Identifying Knowledge, Skills and Talents Required for 21st Century Superintendent
Burlington, Vermont - The Burlington School District and the Superintendent Search Advisory Committee (SSAC) of the Burlington School Board are convening three public forums as part of a collaborative effort to recruit and hire a new Superintendent by the end of the current school year. To facilitate the forums, the Burlington-based Partnership for Change, a grant-funded effort that supports innovation in the Burlington and Winooski Schools, has retained the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), a nationally known educational consulting firm.
CSSR is currently providing the District, the Board and SSAC with guidance in identifying the job requirements and qualifications for a superintendent in a system that is moving toward student-centered and proficiency-based practices.
“Research says that the single biggest predictor of job satisfaction and productivity is role clarity,” said Patrick Halladay, Chair of the Burlington School Board. “As schools are changing to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society, districts must carefully identify the knowledge, skills and talents needed in today’s school leaders.”
CSSR has found that most school systems in the country approach the hiring of a leader with only vague expectations in mind. The result is that schools often hire people who are good at getting a job, but not good at doing or keeping it. The extremely high rate of turnover in principals and superintendents across the country are evidence of this.
The public forums will engage school faculty and citizens in a process known as “position analysis,” whereby community stakeholders come together to look at a set of documents that describe the array of skills needed in a 21st Century school leader, and prioritize what they think are the most important for Burlington’s success.
The first forum was held on Saturday morning, September 27th, at the Sustainability Academy. Approximately 45 people attended the forum on a glorious fall morning.
Upcoming forums include the following:
October 30th, Burlington High School Cafeteria, 3:30-5:30PM (For BSD Faculty and Staff)
October 30th, Sustainability Academy, 6:30-8:30PM (Open to the public, child care and interpreters for the following languages will be provided: Maay Maay, Somali, French, Nepali, Burmese and Karen)
October 30th, J.J. Flynn Elementary School, 6:30-8:30PM (Open to the public, child care and interpreters for the following languages will be provided: Maay Maay, Somali, French, Nepali, Burmese and Karen)
Feedback from all of the forums will be incorporated into the final job description that will be given to the School Board.
“Especially as Burlington ‘remodels’ its education system to align with the needs of a rapidly changing society, we must find a leader who will fully embrace our vision of a student-centered system that benefits all kinds of learners,” said Hal Colston, Director of the Partnership for Change.
The Board has also retained Ray and Associates, an outside search firm, to identify specific superintendent candidates who will be interviewed, once the job description is finalized. Ray and Associates has prepared a survey to gather community input about the qualities desired in the new Superintendent. Please share your input by taking the online survey:

  • October 30 - Free Harvest Dinner 5:30pm-7:30pm - POSTPONED
  • October 31 - End of first Quarter (report cards will be a "trick or treat!")
  • November 3 - Afterschool Session 2 begins
  • November 7 - Report Cards go Home
  • November 14 - Hunt Dance - 7-9pm
  • November 17 - Bus Riders need a Bus Pass or pay per ride
  • November 20 - PTO Meeting 6:30-8pm
  • November 26-28 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

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