Future of Bristol-area schools to be discussed at forum

BRISTOL — Residents, teachers, students and other community members are invited to an open public forum to discuss the future of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union’s public schools on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Mount Abraham Union High School cafeteria.
This forum is sponsored by the Friends of the Five Town Schools (FFTS), a new group committed to supporting students, teachers and families to create vibrant schools in the Bristol area and to help give voice to the local community in the school system.
FFTS plans to hold open forums and offer a chance for community members to share their values and vision for our local schools.
“We see this forum as the start of a collaborative effort by community members to identify the opportunities we have in our schools for students, faculty, staff and the five-town community at large,” said Lincoln resident and FFTS member Mike Fisher. “We think this is a great way for the community to be heard and the beginning of a process to make our schools the best they can be for our teachers and students.”
Community members are invited to share their thoughts and ideas at the forum either directly or in writing. The goal is to work together to create a unified vision that reflects the values and diversity of our community and what we hope for our kids.  All of the input will be documented and made available to the public.
“We call them public schools for a reason,” said Fisher. “As the most important stakeholders in our local education system, parents, students and taxpayers have a voice in the future direction of our schools, and we would want to share that with school administrators and school board members in a useful way as they are setting goals and making strategic decisions for our students. This forum will provide a way for the community to begin that necessary work.”
The establishment of the FFTS group and the public forum come in the wake of a move last spring to oust Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams. First, the majority of teachers in the five-town school district supported a vote of no confidence in Adams. Then citizens presented to the five-town school boards a petition signed by hundreds of residents asking for Adams to be dismissed.
Direct questions to Su White at swhite60@gmail.com or to Mike Fisher at 989-9806.

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