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June 14, 2017

Lakes Region News Briefs

ARSU looks to merger

Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union Superintendent Ron Ryan met with the School Board May 24, discussing the changes that will take place as the supervisory union becomes the Slate Valley Unified Union district in July 2018.

The new board will contain 18 members, with Orwell’s three board members voting only on matters that affects students in high school (grades 9 through 12.)

Not all the issues under discussion concern students and curricula. The lease on office space currently occupied by ARSU expires in 2018.

Two office spaces next door are available; Ryan opened the possibility of expanding into those spaces, and the board agreed to explore that possibility.

Middletown Springs Elementary moves toward merger with Wells

MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS—Middletown Springs Elementary is preparing for its merger with Wells. Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Joan Paustian has asked Attorney Chris Leopold to examine questions regarding property belonging to the school at Wells. She recommended that Middletown Springs Elementary conduct a title search regarding the school building.

Given no unexpected major expenses, Middletown Springs Elementary will end the year with a $190,000 surplus, Town Business Manager Louis Milazzo told the school board at its regular meeting May 11.

The board agreed to offer summer recreation contracts to Bryan Rotatori and Margaret Dodge, while accepting Julia Kreilkamp’s resignation from Pre-K/math (she is moving away.) Lois Myette is returning to the full-time cooking position, and Melissa O’Bara has resigned her position.

Slate Valley Unified Union District takes shape

Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union Superintendent Ron Ryan met with the School Board May 24, discussing the changes that will take place as the supervisory union becomes the Slate Valley Unified Union District (SVUUD) in July 2018. The board will contain 18 members, with Orwell’s three board members voting only on matters that affect students in grades 9 through 12.

With the merger scheduled to take place under Act 46, the number of school boards in the SVUUD will drop from the current eight to three, Ryan elaborated in a June 8 conversation. Orwell would continue to have its own school board to set policy for pre-k-8.

Not all the issues under discussion concern students and curricula. The lease on office space currently occupied by ARSU expires in 2018. Two office spaces next door are available; Ryan opened the possibility of expanding into those spaces, and the board agreed to explore that possibility.

Students coming back to school can look forward to lunch prices 10 cents higher. During the 2017-2018 academic year, student lunches are going up to $2.70; adult lunches, $3.75.

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