Franklin Central Supervisory Union

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    School Board Agendas & Minutes

    FCSU Board of Directors

     

     FCSU Board meetings and Schools on the Move video series are now online, view the videos here: FCSU Videos

    Annual Notices  ~   Annual School Reports

     

    School Vote Warnings

     

    Notice of Availability of BFA Annual Reports

    News & Announcements
    • February 12th, 2016 - How will unification affect tax rates?

      Everyone wants to know if tax rates will go up or down. A definitive answer to that is not possible because of all of the parts used in the formula to set the tax rate. Clearly, if school unification passes, taxes will be ten cents lower the first year, eight cents the second year, etc. than it would be without the incentives. Tax rates in the three towns will be less volatile since expenses are spread over a broader tax […]

    • February 11th, 2016 - Why Unify now?

      There have been questions asking why we are doing this now. Simply put, it’s the law. Merging into one school district has many good reasons. The Legislature, when it passed Act 46, provided significant financial incentives for Supervisory Unions that have recently studied mergers and are already conducive to unification. Incentives include a reduction in property tax rates of 10 cents the first year, 8 cents the second, and declining for five years to zero; and a $150,000 grant to help […]

    • February 10th, 2016 - If one town votes no to unification

      The FCSU Act 46 Study Committee believes a single, Unified Union district, is the preferred option.  Therefore, all three districts, Fairfield, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town are considered “necessary” for the formation of a new district.

      If all three districts vote “yes,” then a single Unified Union district is formed covering all three communities. Taxpayers in all three communities will receive the tax incentives.

      If any one town votes “no”, then no change to governance would occur and Franklin Central […]

    • February 9th, 2016 - How will the new district be created?

      A unification will require a ballot vote in each town on Town Meeting Day 2016. Between now and then a subcommittee of the FCSU Board is focusing on providing public education and public engagement in each of the towns. The FCSU Study Committee, as called for under state statute, provided the State Board of Education (BoE) with the required report and Articles of Agreement for the district.  On January 19, the BoE unanimously and enthusiastically approved our report and Articles […]

    • February 8th, 2016 - If We Vote Not to Merge

      Act 46 calls for the Secretary of Education to assign school districts to a larger school district by 2018 unless that smaller district can present a compelling case to remain independent. Because our school system already has a unified high school, it is logical that the Secretary of Education would force the merger of the FCSU schools into one district anyway, but without all of the incentives provided under the accelerated merger plan. https://sites.google.com/a/fcsuvt.org/act46/home. If you have questions not answered […]

    • February 5th, 2016 - Act 46 Efficiencies

      The streamlining savings would come from a variety of places. One major example would be in business operations. Currently, the FCSU business office must create five separate and duplicate budgets, have five separate audits and provide regular financial reports to five separate school boards. That takes an enormous amount of staff time. In a merged district, it would be reduced to one budget, one audit and reports to just one board.

      There are many other opportunities such as shared administrative staff, […]

    • February 4th, 2016 - Act 46 Tax Incentives

      If the Articles of Agreement to merge is approved by the voters in all three towns (St. Albans Town, St. Albans City and Fairfield), taxpayers will get tax incentives over five years of 10 cents, 8 cents, 6 cents, 4 cents and 2 cents in each of the participating towns. No one can determine what the tax impact will be until budgets are passed, but it will be that much less than it will be without the incentives. Visit the […]

    • February 3rd, 2016 - Act 46 Education Benefits

      The educational advantages to a unification are many. First and foremost, a unified school district would help ensure that all students in the district receive an equitable, quality education regardless of town of residence. It would help ensure that each student entering BFA would arrive equally prepared having received the same excellent opportunities.

      Unification would create a single school district and elected board responsible for all grades, pre-K through twelve. The unified school board would assume all of the responsibilities of […]

    • February 2nd, 2016 - Act 46 – Merging of Governance

      Act 46 of 2015 is an opportunity for districts and supervisory unions to unify existing disparate governance structures into sustainable systems of education delivery that are designed to meet identified State goals, while recognizing and reflecting local priorities. There is no mandate to close or merge schools, but to unify the governance – for this region that means going from five school boards to one.  Residents of St. Albans Town, St. Albans City and Fairfield will vote to unify on Town […]

    • February 1st, 2016 - Act 46 – Vote on March 1

      The Franklin Central Supervisory Union ACT 46 Study Committee, made up of members from Fairfield, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town will put forth their report and articles of agreement to the voters at Town Meeting Day. The full report, articles and other information can be found at the website. If you have questions not answered there feel free to email them to act46@fcsuvt.org.

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  • February 2016

    Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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    • BFA/NWTC School Board Meeting
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    • Professional Staff Negotiations
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    • Act 46 Communications Committee
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    • Fairfield School Board Meeting
    9
    • Cancelled Special SACS Board Meeting
    • FCSU Act 46 Communications
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    • CANCELLED St. Albans Town School Board Meeting
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    • St. Albans City School Board Meeting
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    • Cancelled FCSU Policy Committee Meeting
    • FCSU School Merger Public Forum
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    • FCSU Board/Executive Committee Meeting
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    • Curriculum
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    • BFA Personnel Finance Committee Meeting
    • BFA Informational Meeting
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    • SATEC Information Meeting
    • SATEC Special Board Meeting
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    • City Annual Informational Meeting
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    • Fairfield Information Meeting

  • FCSU Board of Directors
     BFA Al Corey  527-7935
     BFA Nilda Gonnell-French, Clerk  524-6432
     BFA Jeff Morrill  527-7850
     FFCS Michael Malone, Vice Chair  524-9035
     FFCS Mike L'Esperance  527-2917
     FFCS Bennett Dawson  827-3101
     SACS James Farr, Chair  524-5417
     SACS Denise Smith  527-9031
     SACS Kristina Ellsworth-Spooner  527-9892
     SATEC Paul Bourbeau  524-6175
     SATEC Kerry McCracken Ducolon  524-2946
     SATEC Martha Casavant Ries  524-4160