posted Apr 9, 2019, 7:47 AM by Web Master   [ updated Apr 9, 2019, 7:49 AM ]

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019, 6:30 pm

Mt. Abraham Union High School Auditorium

The MOUNT ABRAHAM UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 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:

Jen Allred, 

John Amory, 

Kristi Bedard, 

Jesse Brooks, 

Tom Buzzell, 

Lydia Davison, 

Michael Dennison, 

Holly Esterline, 

Jeremy Holm, 

Sheryl Kimball, 

Megan LaRose, 

Haein Lee, 

Brianna McCormick, 

Jennifer McCormick, 

Stowe Miller, 

Karen Parker, 

Yvonne Bonnie Rathbun, 

MaryPat Roche, 

Karl Rowinski, 

Terry Rublee, 

Susie Snow, 

Rebecca Stude-Price, 

Jennifer Willey.  

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

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

2019 Town Meeting School Budget and Election Results

posted Mar 6, 2019, 12:38 PM by Web Master   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 12:44 PM ]

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

Helpful Info About Running for School Board

posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:39 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 7:40 AM ]

Thinking of Running for School Board? Click the link for a short video.

Strategic Plan Development

posted Jan 26, 2017, 10:32 AM by Web Master   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

Over the past several weeks we have been making progress in our strategic plan development.  Most notable is the development of a vision for ANESU, Shaping Our Future Together!  Use the links below to learn more about the strategic plan development thus far including next steps, the vision, mission and Ends as well as ways to get involved in the strategic planning process.

Letter from Superintendent, Patrick Reen

posted Sep 26, 2016, 11:30 AM by Web Master   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 12:16 PM ]

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union
72 Munsill Avenue, Building 6, Suite 601, Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-3657 ~ ~ Fax: (802) 453-2029

September 2016

Hello ANESU Families,

            I hope your summer was filled with a lot of great family time!  I also hope you and your children had a chance to recharge and get ready for what is promising to be an outstanding 2016-2017 school year!  

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to work in ANESU since leaving my sixth grade classroom at Bristol Elementary School eight years ago.  I know, and have always known, ANESU does amazing things for its students and I am thrilled to return home to take part in the great work happening in my own community. 

            It has been a steep learning curve for me so far.  I am rapidly learning more and more about the scope of work before me as a superintendent.  While my responsibilities may be vast, I believe my primary role is to support principals and teachers as they work to improve the lives of children in our schools.  After all, that is the reason we, as an organization, exist.  

            I am routinely impressed by the hardworking individuals within ANESU.  To focus all of this hard work we need to come together as a five-town community to create greater clarity around the purpose and direction for our school system.  In order to achieve this I will be working with various stakeholders to develop a process to bring our five-town community together to articulate a vision for ANESU.  A common vision will assist students, staff and community members in developing a strategic plan with specific action steps needed to realize our vision.  With clarity of purpose and specific action steps we can be confident our hard work is focused on getting us where we want to be.

            These are exciting times in ANESU!  I encourage you all to take advantage of opportunities to help shape the future of our schools.  I look forward to working with you!


Patrick J. Reen

Superintendent of Schools



ANESU Welcomes New Superintendent Patrick Reen

posted Jul 14, 2016, 8:13 AM by Web Master

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BRISTOL — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Patrick Reen has been chosen to be the next Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent. Reen will begin as Superintendent July 1.

Residents in the five towns that comprise the ANeSU, and members of the school community, met with Reen Monday afternoon, and the ANeSU board interviewed the 37-year-old Bristol resident on Monday evening.

After a meeting of more than two hours, “the board agreed unanimously to offer him the position,” board Chair Dawn Griswold wrote in an email to the Independent.

Griswold and board Vice Chair Brad Bull reached an agreement in principle with Reen on an employment contract. Details will be released after the contract is finalized, Griswold said.

“The Board wishes to express its gratitude to the students, staff, and community members for their work on the Superintendent Search Committee,” Griswold’s statement concluded. “They were engaged and committed to the search process, and their work provided an invaluable contribution to our district.”

“I am truly excited to be rejoining the exceptional, innovative team of educators in Addison Northeast Supervisory Union,” Reen told the Independent. “I couldn't be happier with the thought of being a part of the great work happening in the supervisory union I call home.”

Reen spent Monday visiting all of the ANeSU schools and talking with students, staff, teachers, administrators and community members before interviewing with the ANeSU board that night.

At a lively forum for the community, hosted at Mount Abraham Union High School, Reen spoke easily with teachers and community members, answering questions about his background, working style, his vision for the supervisory union — even bringing humor into complicated issues of school governance policy and district unification under Act 46.

Reen introduced himself by saying that he came to education because of his desire to help others. Having started as a classroom teacher, he transitioned to school leadership so that he could have even more of an impact on more kids.

At the forum, Reen demonstrated his self-professed collaborative working style, openness and willingness to engage. When asked about his short- and long-term goals for the district, Reen addressed both practical matters — such as getting ANeSU schools better equipped with technology — and what many might see as the heart and soul of leadership, building trust after a series of fractures that ended up with federal mediation and the severing of ties with a standing superintendent.

“A short-term goal for me is trust building,” he said. “I think we’ve lost a lot of trust over the last several years in Addison Northeast, just with all the turmoil that we’ve been through. I don’t see how we can come together and be on the same page about what we want for kids if we don’t trust the people that we’re having these conversations with. So an immediate first thing is just building that trust because from that we can make a lot of other things happen.”

Asked what actions he might take to build trust, Reen emphasized demonstrating trustworthiness by following through on actions and being present in the classrooms.

Reen said it’s important for superintendents to be present in schools; for instance, “people seeing me and having the chance to interact and demonstrating interest in what’s happening between teachers and students because that’s where the magic happens.

“Everything else we do is so that interaction between teachers and students is the best it can be,” he continued. “Results for kids come from interactions between teachers and students. The research is clear that has the most significant impact on student learning. So everything else is just to support that work that’s happening.”

Reen emphasized the importance of creating a long-term vision to achieve excellence, but at the same time stressed the importance of addressing children’s needs right now.

“We need to set pretty lofty goals,” he said. “Mediocrity is not our goal. Excellence is our goal, and we need to set a long-term plan for how we’re going to reach that level of excellence ... (But) we need to really move with some real intentionality in creating that vision so that we can get to work on it. The kids who are sitting in classrooms right now can’t wait for us to make up our minds. We need to figure out what we want for them and begin working toward that.”

Reen also said that given the cost of education, it’s important to make sure that money is being spent to have the maximum impact on students.

Reen has been active in the community as a girls’ sports coach, and has two daughters at Bristol Elementary School. He enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

The Morrisville native came to Bristol in 2002 as a sixth-grade teacher at Bristol Elementary, after a year teaching third grade at Castleton Elementary School. Reen taught at BES for six years until 2008, when he became assistant principal at MUMS, where he became principal in March 2012. (Officials in the Addison Central Supervisory Union are already looking for a new principal for MUMS, see story here.)

Reen earned his B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Castleton State College in 2001 and his master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Vermont in 2008.

“I had a great day March 14 when I toured all of the schools, met with students, teachers, administrators, community members and board members,” Reen said. “I feel like Addison Northeast Supervisory Union is poised to do incredible things to improve outcomes for students, and I look forward to supporting this work for years to come.”

Reporter Gaen Murphree is at

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