Negotiations Meetings and all After School Activities Tonight CANCELED

posted Feb 12, 2019, 5:26 AM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 12, 2019, 5:27 AM ]

Due to expected hazardous travel conditions, all after school activities and meetings are cancelled for tonight, February 12, 2019. (The Mary Johnson After School programs will stay open as long as necessary until all children are picked up. Please pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible.)

Understanding the Public Comment Period of the Meeting

posted Feb 7, 2019, 5:57 AM by Web Master

Dear Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro community members,

I am writing this letter to provide some clarity about our School Board meetings and the Public Comment periods. Over the past few months, community members have attended our Board Meetings and spoke during the Public Comment periods. As Board Chair, my job is to ensure the Board stays on task and completes its planned work outlined on the published agenda, and follows the Board policies in place. Our meetings are held in public session and VT Open Meeting Laws must be followed. During our monthly "business meetings" we complete the necessary business of the district. We typically have 2 opportunities for "Public Comment" at these meetings. Sometimes, during the comment period, community members share positive comments, ask questions about something they have heard about in town, and other times we hear from community members with complaints.

When an issue is brought up during public comment, the board cannot discuss and vote on it if it is not part of the publicly warned meeting agenda. We have a set agenda for the meeting, we post it and notify community members what work we will be doing at our meeting. It would be unfair to everyone to have the board take action based on a public comment without letting the community know we will discuss the issue. The board also needs time to prepare to discuss an issue, so we can't discuss issues from public comment at the same meeting.

We do not comment on any personnel or student issues in public session. When there are concerns about such matters, it is important the concerns be heard by the right people. As Board Chair, when a concern is brought to me, the first thing I recommend is working up the chain of command. For instance, if a parent has a problem with a teacher, the parent should first address it with the teacher and, if the issue is not resolved, the parent should turn to the principal or supervisor, and then the superintendent. The school board should be the "court of last resort." Many times, community members can get answers to their questions simply by talking with the appropriate person in the school district. This process allows the person closest to the problem the opportunity to work towards a solution. Our staff is always willing to listen to concerns and help find a solution.

Please know that while we will not engage in a discussion or debate based on your comments, we are eager to hear your thoughts and hope you will continue to attend our meetings in order to understand the board's oversight of our schools.

You may be wondering how the Board uses the Public Comment period? We use this period as a chance to listen to our community. We value communication that will help us serve our communities and the students in our schools. We appreciate respectful, civil comments that express the values you hold as community members.

As a Board, we have renewed our commitment to engaging the community. We are focusing on increasing community engagement events (outside of "regular business" meetings). Please consider attending a Community Engagement Event in the near future. These events will focus on conversations with our community; conversations that engage families with students, community members without students, community interest groups, as well as people who don't typically attend community gatherings or meetings. It is our goal to improve communication and create conversations with our whole community. This work will keep us connected to our community's values. Those important values inform our work, our Ends policies, and the mission and vision of our schools.

Dawn Griswold 
Mount Abraham Unified School District Chair

Negotiations Meeting and all After School Activities Tonight CANCELED

posted Feb 6, 2019, 8:55 AM by Web Master   [ updated Feb 12, 2019, 5:27 AM ]

Due to expected icy conditions, all after school activities and meetings are canceled for tonight, February 6, 2019. (The Mary Johnson After School programs will stay open as long as necessary until all children are picked up. Please pick up your child(ren) as soon as possible.)

Budget Forum and All After School Activities Canceled 1/23

posted Jan 23, 2019, 8:23 AM by Karen Wheeler

All after school activities in MAUSD are canceled today 1/23 due to anticipated unsafe travel conditions. This includes the community forum on the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year.  There will be an opportunity for community dialogue about the budget at the next MAUSD Board meeting at 6:00 on 1/29/19 at Monkton Central School.  Also, the Mary Johnson children's programs will remain open but parents are encouraged to pick their children up as early as possible.  

Budget Informational Meeting January 23, 2019

posted Jan 17, 2019, 6:53 AM by Web Master

Please come to Mt. Abraham large cafeteria on Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 - 7:30pm to learn about the proposed budget for FY20. Superintendent Patrick Reen will present the draft budget, answer questions and ask for feedback and direction from the Board. 

January is School Board Recognition Month

posted Jan 17, 2019, 6:44 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 6:54 AM ]

Bristol – On January 15, 2019, the Vermont legislature passed a resolution declaring January as School Board Recognition Month. “This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members,” said Nicole Mace, Executive Director of the Vermont School Boards Association. Mount Abraham Unified School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month to honor local board members for their commitment to their school district and its children.

“Successful schools help to build strong communities, and our school board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Superintendent Patrick Reen said. “They make difficult decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.”

The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:

  • Creating a shared vision for the future of education

  • Setting the direction of the school district to achieve the highest student performance

  • Providing accountability for student achievement results

  • Developing a budget that aligns district resources to improve achievement

  • Supporting a healthy school district culture in which to work and to learn

“School board members help ensure citizens of our five towns have a voice in education decision making. Even though we are making a special effort to show our appreciation this January, their contribution is a year-round commitment,” Reen added.

For the first time this year, Vermont’s own Darn Tough Socks is helping honor these committed volunteers by providing each board member around the state a free pair of socks. “I’m glad we can show some appreciation for those who donate so much time to educating our kids. After all,” said General Manager Brent Blevins, “they have a ‘darn tough’ job.”

MAUSD Strategic Plan Community Survey

posted May 16, 2018, 12:09 PM by Web Master

An ANESU steering committee is working collaboratively to create a 5 year strategic plan for our district schools. We would appreciate your response to this brief survey to help us effectively communicate the direction of our district. This survey is ANONYMOUS and shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to complete. Thank you for your quick response!  

Education Recognition and Pat Pierce Awards Night - Tuesday, May 15!

posted May 10, 2018, 6:15 AM by Web Master

ANESU 31ST Annual


TUeSDAY, MAY 15, 2018, 6:30 pm

Mt. Abraham Union High School Auditorium

 The ADDISON NORTHEAST SUPERVISORY UNION is pleased to present Education Recognition Awards to these nominated individuals in our five-town communities who have gone “above and beyond” in contributing to the success of our youth in an educational environment and in promoting excellence in education.

 Charlie Beyer

Doreen Bortz

MaryJane Broughton

John Clarke

Kat Cyr

Candy Davidson

Tom Estey

Kaela Frank

Jenn Gernander

Larry Gile

Hayley Gonzalez

Beth Hahr

Jake Hansen

Russ Horner

Cathy Jipner

Anne Marie Letourneau

Priscilla McQuade

Dawn Mikkelsen

Caitlin Moreau

Tony Orvis

John Painter

Ann Pollender

Jackie Raymond

Kevin Robinson

Peg Sutlive

Andy Toy

 In addition, the Patricia Cummings Pierce Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to a teacher from one of our ANESU schools by the Tari Shattuck Education Foundation.

 Please join us for student musical performances, presentation of awards, and a dessert reception provided by the ANESU Food Service Cooperative.

Request for Proposals

posted May 4, 2018, 6:07 AM by Web Master   [ updated May 4, 2018, 6:18 AM ]


John S. Roberts Foreign Language Scholarship

posted Mar 29, 2018, 8:33 AM by Web Master

The Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol announced today that it has received a $125,000 endowment to fund a scholarship for foreign language students.   A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a MAUM/HS senior who has completed at least four years of a foreign language and intends to continue foreign language study at a college or university.

The Mt. Abraham Foreign Language Scholarship honors the memory of John S. Roberts, Jr., a foreign language teacher at the Bristol High School and at Middlebury College during the mid 1950’s and early 1960’s.  The endowment is a gift from one of his students, Stephen Gay (BHS Class of 1963) and his wife, Judith of Clinton, CT. Mr. Roberts is remembered by his students as being a true “college prep” teacher, addressing them by “Mr.” and “Miss” and insisting that no English be spoken in his French and German classes.  He is also well remembered for his work ethic, teaching (incredibly!) Latin 1, 2, 3, French 1, 2, 3 and German 1, 2, 3 in 6 class periods 5 days a week. Mr. Roberts directed his students in a number of one act plays in all three languages and was instrumental in getting an audio language laboratory installed at the school, one of the first of its kind in the state. One former student, who called Mr. Roberts “a gifted educator” and his teachings “life changing”, is still using the German he learned from Mr. Roberts in his business some 55 years later. Indeed, Mr. Roberts has left a legacy to be remembered!

ANESU Chief Financial Officer Howard Mansfield commented, “This generous gift provided by a former Bristol High School student and his wife (Stephen and Judith Gay) will continue well into the future to provide an annual scholarship for students from the five town community of Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School. Representing the school community, I thank the donors for their extreme generosity, but also the story behind the gift. Hearing about John Roberts and his dedication to his students and community was a touching experience for all concerned. It is great to know that his connection with so many students over the years and those who benefited from his teachings attribute to him their learning and success. It is also good to know that due to his teachings, current and future students from Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School will continue to benefit from his legacy through this generous gift.”

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