ACSU reduces evening meetings

MIDDLEURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will soon see a reduction in evening meetings, thanks to a new schedule endorsed by the ACSU board on Jan. 16.
The superintendent is currently accountable to nine boards, including one each representing the seven elementary schools within the ACSU, plus the UD-3 board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools, and the ACSU board. This has made for a rigorous meeting schedule that ACSU directors acknowledge is hampering current efforts to recruit a new superintendent (see related story).
But some relief is apparently on the way. Vicki Wells, director of student services for the ACSU, presented a plan calling for the superintendent to make comprehensive presentations to the district’s executive committee when it meets every other month, in lieu of meeting with individual school boards during that month. The executive committee is made up of the chairpersons of all the ACSU boards. It will be up to these chairpersons to relay the superintendent’s information to their respective colleagues on the individual boards. This new system is expected to relieve the superintendent of at least seven meetings during the month in which the executive committee gathers. The superintendent (or his/her designee) will still meet with individual boards during months in which there is not an executive board meeting.
And further streamlining of meetings could occur a year or two down the road. The ACSU Study Committee wants to ask local voters if they would like to take steps under a new state law that could, among other things, lead to some consolidation of the supervisory union’s governance structure. The Addison Independent will report more in depth on this proposal in this Thursday’s issue.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected]

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