Budget Message from our Superintendent

Budget Message from Superintendent Jeanne Collins
Dear Families:
Much is happening in the central office this month as well as in the schools. As most of you are aware, the Board has directed me to bring a budget proposal for a level funded budget (which means reductions of nearly $800,00 to keep it level funded) and to maintain all programs and services if possible. 
With student achievement in mind and looking at our class sizes and varied opportunities for students around the district, I presented a budget proposal that meets those goals to the Otter Valley Unified Union Board on November 15. The proposals call for a different way of thinking about education in the district, sharing students across towns and providing a small school model and a large school model of primary (grades k-2 or 3) and intermediate (grades 3 or 4 -6) and developing a PreK school with a child care partner to meet the needs of families seeking full day care while wanting PreKindergarten. 
These are bold ideas and the board now wants to hear what community members, parents and taxpayers think about them. The elementary proposals, combined with reductions at OVUHS and RNESU, will bring a budget at or below level funded and keep taxes down. To keep everything status quo is likely a 12 cent tax increase before CLA next year. 
Please weigh in on these ideas and the cost of education taxes in our district. OVU will take comments at a hearing on Nov. 30 and Dec 5, both at 6:30 at OVUHS auditorium as well as through Let's Talk , a button on the websites of each school and at www.rnesu.org. In addition, the OVUU board will meet on Dec. 20 at 6 pm at OVUHS Library and on Jan. 17 (please watch for location). Final budget decisions must be made by the Board at their Jan. 17 Board meeting in order to send a budget to voters for Town Meeting Day.
Speaking of websites, all of our schools and RNESU have new websites! Our former site was not accessible to people with disabilities and needed to be upgraded. All school sites now have a similar format to the RNESU site yet retains distinct personalities. All sites are now accessible to people with vision impairments as well. Please be patient, however. As we transition to the new sites, we will need to make changes and may lose things. Using Let's Talk to let us know what you think and what you cannot find would be very helpful to us!
I wish for everyone a safe winter break!
Jeanné Collins
Superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
49 Brandon Court Drive
Brandon, VT 05733