Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hunt Middle School PTO Blog- March 19, 2017

Got Pancakes? (We Do!)

Join us this Saturday, for our all-ages Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction! This fun, delicious community event offers pancakes (GF/vegan available), Vermont maple syrup, Cabot cheese, homemade applesauce & hot coffee! 

Check out our Silent Auction while you catch up with neighbors, friends and some elected officials! You’ll find local art, jewelry, gift certificates for massage, local restaurants, yoga and more! Pot up seeds at our garden table & browse our gently used books sale! 

Suggested donations are $6 Adults, $4 Kids ages 3-12. Groups of 4 or more, $20. Kids 2 & under are FREE! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

If you would like to donate an item to our silent auction, or have gently used books to include in the book sale, please email Rebecca Padnos at, OR drop off gently used books in the collection box at 21 LaFountain Street.

Proceeds from this event benefit Hunt Middle School students, including educational outings, 8th grade graduation, Hunt Drama, and the North End Food Pantry.


Student Support Services Parent Forum

Substance Abuse and Addiction: Impact on Child Development and Education 

Thursday, March 23 
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Sustainability Academy

123 North Street, Burlington, VT

This parent forum will cover the impact substance abuse and addiction has on child development and education. Join Laura Nugent, District Student Support Director and Jackie Corbally, City of Burlington Opiate Policy Coordinator for this discussion.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017Media Contact:Mark Porter, Chair,

Burlington School Board of Commissioners 878-6666 |

School Board’s Request for Open and Public Negotiations Refused by Union

The Burlington School Board has been negotiating a new teachers’ contract with the Burlington Education Association (BEA) since last fall to replace the current contract that expires this August. The Board requested open negotiating sessions so the community could be well informed throughout the process. The Board’s negotiating team made these requests to the BEA at several closed-door bargaining sessions and in written communications between October 2016 and February 2017. The Union has, however, rejected these requests.

In an effort to understand the status of this issue across the State, the School Board checked with the Vermont School Boards Association (VSBA) and the Vermont Superintendents Association (VSA) and learned that nearly 60 percent of districts currently bargaining are doing so in open session.

“The people of Burlington want transparency,” said Mark Porter, Chair of the Burlington School Board of Commissioners. “We’ve made a concerted effort from the beginning to follow the same open negotiation process that many other school districts in Vermont have begun, but the BEA has not agreed to hold contract talks in public, in response to our many requests to do so.”