Middlebury’s Mark Perrin appointed to State Board of Education

MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Mark Perrin, a resident of Middlebury, to the State Board of Education on April 12 to serve a six-year term (2013-2019).
Perrin owns and operates Green Peppers Restaurant and Creek Road Farm with his wife, Donna. He has served on local school boards since the mid-1990s, and is a strong believer in life-long learning. Perrin has been actively involved in the community by serving on the Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Investment, and Middlebury Business Association boards.
“This is a great opportunity to take what I’ve learned from life and to learn from others to positively impact education. It is an honor to be a part of the board,” said Perrin after attending his first State Board of Education meeting today. “There are diverse backgrounds and a depth of knowledge on the board; it was impressive to see public education at work. I look forward to the challenge and to being a productive part of the process.”
The State Board of Education meets monthly; its discussions focus on policy concerning the education of Vermont students and assuring equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education.
The Vermont State Board of Education currently has eleven members:Stephan Morse, chair, Newfane (term through 2017);Sean-Marie Oller, co-chair, Bennington (term through 2017); Lachlan Francis, co-chair and student representative, Putney (term through 2014); Laura Harris, student representative, Williston (term through 2013); Krista Huling, Jeffersonville (term through 2015); Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Montpelier (term through 2018);Margaret MacLean, Peacham (term through 2015); Bill Mathis, Brandon (term through 2015);Stacy Weinberger, Burlington (term through 2019);Mark Perrin, Middlebury (term through 2019); andArmando Vilaseca, secretary of education.
More information about the Vermont State Board of Education, including meeting schedules and materials, can be found online at education.vermont.gov/new/html/mainboard.html.

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