In a letter in last week’s Addison Independent, I raised a question for the Addison Central School District superintendent, regarding the facilities planning process, which I had asked many times without receiving an answer.
At the end of my letter, an editor’s note stated that I had finally received an answer, but it did not say what the answer was. I thought I should follow up by giving readers the same explanation I received.
My question was why the superintendent had not publicly shared that his primary reason for supporting a new mix of schools, which added Cornwall and removed Bridport...
Question for Addison Central School District:
At the last ACSD Board Meeting on Monday, March 22, the board held a discussion on transparency, spurred by a letter I had submitted the previous month, summarizing findings from certain records I had received through the public records request process regarding the Facilities Master Plan.
After the board discussion, I sent the board and administration three follow-up questions, but the questions were not answered. I sent them again two more times that week, and three more times the following week, still without the questions ever being answered....
CORNWALL — Campaign finance records filed with the Vermont Secretary of State on Feb. 20 show that Addison Central School District board candidate Chris Kramer had raised $7,025 and spent $6,257 in his effort to win a three-year seat representing Cornwall on the 13-member panel.
Records show Kramer has self-financed his campaign to the tune of $6,600.
None of the other candidates running for the ACSD board have thus far raised or spent at least $500 — the trigger for filing a campaign finance disclosure form. It’s highly unusual (historically) for anyone to amass a campaign war chest...
I support Chris Kramer for the Cornwall seat on the ACSD school board. Having known Chris over the last six years as a fellow parent at Otter Creek Child Center, I have learned how deeply Chris is committed to the education of his children and a strong community for all children.
I believe Chris will be a huge asset to the ACSD board as they navigate many difficult decisions in the coming years. Chris will bring with him active listening, curiosity to hear all stories, a desire for a true equitable system, and empathy.
Please join me in voting for Chris Kramer for the ACSD school board.
While I was never fully content with how the ACSD school board was conducting their Facilities Master Planning process, among other prior objectives (under Peter Conlon’s leadership), I have been extremely concerned with the sudden and narrow minded way and accelerated pace in which the restarted process has been conducted over the last nine months during the pandemic (under new leadership). The board’s efforts and information that has come out about behind-the-scenes maneuvering and actions have increased my feeling that it is time to get some new voices and energy on the board.
It is in...
As we approach this year’s Town and School Meetings, things will be very different, especially for those used to attending in-person meetings for voting, or informational discussion. This year, all meetings will be virtual. Conversations that happen quite literally at a distance also tend to feel more remote. Of course, the budgetary amounts represent real dollars, and the names on the ballots represent real people. The issues are also real.
One of the names on the ballot is Chris Kramer, who is seeking to be the Cornwall member on the ACSD board. (All district towns vote for this position.)...
At this critical time in ACSD history, it is essential to elect people like Chris Kramer to serve on the school board. His current role as an elementary parent, active engagement, creative thinking, and genuine compassion for all our community members offers a potent combination of talent and experience.
As a former elementary school board director, I appreciate the value of having someone with current knowledge and involvement in the local schools serve in this important role. It can be easier to dismiss the effects of consolidation, the impact of moving 6th grade to MUMS, or the adjustment...
THE SIX CANDIDATES running for four seats on the ACSD board.
MIDDLEBURY — One could certainly argue that it takes a brave person these days to serve on the Addison Central School District (ACSD) board. Plenty of controversial issues in play are bound to make board members unpopular with some of their constituents.
School consolidation amid declining enrollment.
Moving 6th-graders to Middlebury Union Middle School beginning this fall.
Transitioning to a brand-new learning structure through the International Baccalaureate program.
Preparing a facilities master plan that will recommend which district buildings deserve ongoing investment, and which do not...
I support Cornwall resident Chris Kramer for the At-Large School Board seat in the upcoming Addison County School District election on Town Meeting Day March 2. His name will be on the ballot in every town and citizens in all member towns can vote for him.
I would like to see some new faces on the school board, and Chris would provide that.
Chris reached out to me about his candidacy and we had a long talk about his experience and priorities. What struck me is his openness to hearing all sides of the issues. He has been very involved in school district meetings since moving to Cornwall with...
I endorse Chris Kramer for the Cornwall seat on the ACSD school board. Having worked in four of the schools in the district as a teacher, principal, and school board member, I know the importance of having people on the school board who listen.
Chris is a person who will listen to and hear the concerns of the community. Further, he will address these concerns with a timely and empathetic approach. At present he is focused on the difficulties brought about by the pandemic and its effect on student learning. I believe Chris will speak up when board actions are moving too fast or in a direction...