Ideas sought to improve five-town schools

MIDDLEBURY — The Friends of the Five Town Schools is hosting a community meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in the small cafeteria.
The meeting is a follow-up to a meeting that was held in September, at which almost 100 concerned residents of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union five town communities came together to express strong support for their schools as well as thoughtful concerns about the steps the community needs to take to make the schools better.
The qualities of collaborative leadership and increased student voice were two prominent themes that emerged from that meeting. The purpose of this second meeting is to give voice to the five town community’s perspectives on the qualities of great leadership that would support a culture of education and student engagement in the ANeSU school buildings.
“Our first community forum was a great demonstration that our community is charged with strong passions about what we are proud of in our schools, that the community really cares about what’s going, and wants to engage in the work to make our schools better,” says Mike Fisher, Friends of the Five Town Schools committee member. “We are committed to creating the space to continue a positive conversation about the qualities of leadership that will support the kind of culture we want our administrators and school boards to promote in their leadership work at our schools.  We feel that this is especially relevant as we embark in hiring a permanent principal for Mount Abe and a new superintendent for the district.”
All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend and share their thoughts via verbal or written comments. The evening forum will be videotaped by NEAT TV as well as scribed, and notes made available to the public.
Friends of the Five Towns Schools is an ad hoc group of concerned residents working to promote open dialogue and positive learning environments for students and staff of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. This meeting is open to the public and anyone can join the email list by contacting [email protected].
Questions about this event or the Friends of the Five Town Schools group can be directed toward Mike Fisher 989-9806 or Su White 989-5999

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