MAUSD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The goal of the CEC is to engage the Mt Abraham Unified Supervisory District community in a meaningful manner to inform the general vision for long term planning and student success. As our District grapples with the challenges facing many school districts throughout the state, we are actively seeking ways to engage and inform the community.
What have we been doing?
Our focus over the past year has been on the long-term facilities plan for our school buildings. In the Fall of 2019, we conducted seven conversations throughout the Five Towns with over 250 people in attendance. This work resulted in the identification of seven core educational values and a series of potential scenarios for the facilities in our District. In the Spring of 2020, the MAUSD Board formed a Feasibility Study Committee and approved our Superintendent's recommendation to hire the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to research these facilities scenarios and address to the best of their ability the essential questions raised by our conversations with community members.
Where are we now?
The NESDEC report came out in August. The report can be found here and includes enrollment trends, instructional programming, facilities capacity analysis and capital improvement needs. It provides a summary of the opportunities and challenges associated with eight different facilities options, designed as a catalyst for further discussion and analysis. The report does not make any specific recommendations.
We are working on a series of three short videos designed to share information in a way that is convenient and easy for community members to access. The first video, now live, provides some background to understanding our current situation. The second video includes financial information and the third will present a vision for how we might move forward. All videos will be posted on this webpage as well as shared broadly in the community.
How can you stay involved and informed?
We will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall where District leaders will present some of the background information and current thinking about our long-range facilities plan. This will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions. The Town Halls will be offered on October 14 at 9am and October 20 at 6pm. To join the meeting: go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
At the end of October we will be surveying the community for input to help the District leaders determine next steps.
Community Engagement Community Updates
Fall 2019 Community Conversations
- Overview of Community Conversations
- Summary of November 20 Conversation
- Summary of October Conversations
- Summary of Conversation by Town: Lincoln, New Haven, Monkton, Starksboro, Bristol
- Summary of Staff Conversation