Hereafter another draft that I would like the board to consider
publishing in the upcoming issue of Moretown Matters.
New Governance Project
The New Governance project which was described in some detail in
the blue insert that accompanied the last issue of Moretown Matters has
been at least temporarily derailed. It had been hoped that this
initiative would be submitted for a vote of the electorate of all towns
of the Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) on election day,
November 7th. Unfortunately, at a well attended September meeting of
educational and civic leaders from all WWSU communities which reviewed a
final draft of this proposal, school boards from Warren, Waitsfield and
Waterbury/Duxbury indicated they were unwilling to support the project
even though members of all these communities have been actively involved
in developing the initiative.
A follow up meeting is planned for October 30th which will seek a
majority concensus for some course of action that can resolve the
current severe problems with Harwood and WWSU governance. The Moretown
board members unanimously and strongly support the New Governance
proposal and are skeptical that any other possible courses of action can
achieve its well researched and definitive solutions. We are hopeful
that if this perception cannot be faulted, a majority of WWSU
educational leaders will become convinced of its merits and the future
of badly needed educational reform in our supervisory union will come to
look less bleak than at present.