The school year and our time as a school board will soon be coming to an end. On July 1, our governance will be merged, and Elmore, Morristown and Stowe will officially become the Lamoille South Unified Union School District.

As we move into this new governance structure, we want to share our confidence in the current and future strength of our schools. While our board structure will be different, our objective of providing an excellent education to our students remains the same.

Throughout the past year, we kept a close eye on the success of our students and our schools. As we approach the end of the school year, we are proud to celebrate the achievements of all our students. We are pleased to see members of our senior class being accepted into rigorous and respected colleges and universities, trade schools and directly into employment with local businesses. One of our students has made a commitment to serve in the military, and we are appreciative of their service to our country.

Across all schools, students demonstrated exemplary achievement in the classroom, on the stage, on the field and in their communities.

Author’s Night at the Elmore School, the Children’s Literacy Foundation grant award for Morristown Elementary School, the multicultural festival at Peoples Academy Middle Level, the success of Peoples Academy’s teacher-advisory program and the continued growth of our farm-to-school program are only a few examples of the numerous ways our students have grown and thrived during the 2018-19 school year.

As we look to the future, we’d like to remind you that the new Lamoille South school board includes one representative from Elmore and three from Morristown. Penny Jones, Karen Cleary, Stephanie Craig and David Bickford were elected and will continue to act on your behalf.

We are actively working to prepare for operations of the new, merged, Lamoille South school district. The Lamoille South board developed a merged budget that was recently approved by the merged electorate of all three towns. Approval of this merged budget will allow us to smoothly operate our schools beginning July.

We look forward to continued active community engagement. We want to assure you that the priority of the new Lamoille South board is to frame a work plan for the coming year that provides for opportunities for your questions, concerns and hopes to be surfaced with many opportunities for community engagement.

We expect that we will do this work with a focus on three priority areas: equity and quality; governance and policy; and facilities and capital needs. If you have any feedback and/or concerns, please email or personally reach out to any of us.

As we move into this new stage of school governance, we hope you share in our confidence that the most important elements of our children’s education will continue unchanged. Our teacher and student performance remains strong, and we have excellent leadership in place at all of our schools. We will continue to strive for high levels of achievement from all of our students.

We are deeply appreciative of the support of our communities for our schools this year and every year. We hope you enjoy your summer, and we look forward to working with you through the changes ahead.

Elmore-Morristown School Board members are Stephanie Craig, David Bickford, Karen Cleary, Kaitlyn Jones, Penny Jones, Dave McAllister and Christy Snipp.

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