MAUSD

11/25/2020
STARKSBORO — A member of the learning community at Robinson Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Mount Abraham Unified School District officials received the news on Nov. 23, according to an announcement Monday afternoon by Superintendent Patrick Reen. “We have been working closely with the Vermont Department of Health,” Reen said. “Anyone who may have been exposed has been notified and is currently expected to be in quarantine.” School officials did not specify whether the person who tested positive was a student, staff member or other member of the community. The patient may...

JOANN JARVIS, RIGHT, mentored Justice Green from first grade in South Burlington, through her transfer to Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, and all the way through middle and high school at Mount Abe. The MAUSD Mentoring Program excels at fostering such relationships between students and community members. Photo courtesy of MAUSD Mentoring
11/25/2020
BRISTOL — Joann Jarvis began mentoring Justice Green more than 10 years ago, when Green was a first-grader at the Central School in South Burlington. For an hour a week, they would spend time in the school eating lunch or playing games. “We played Go Fish a lot,” said Green, now a first-year college student.  She laughed at the recollection, then paused.  “Having lunch with Joann in school was nice because I often ate lunch alone,” she said. “I didn’t have many friends at Central, and my family was in a different financial situation from many of the other kids. Joann helped with emotional...
11/19/2020
As the superintendent of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD), I am the steward of our educational organization, which exists to educate our children “so that they can meet the challenges of lifelong learners and responsible citizens at a cost deemed acceptable by the community.”   In other words, what is it that we want our students to know and learn, when they graduate from Mount Abe? Which experiences do we wish to be able to offer them, so they can be citizens of their community and the world, so they can reach their full potential as learners and give back to their...
11/12/2020
BRISTOL — After months of deliberation, a Mount Abraham Unified School District committee has narrowed down a wide range of building closure options and will soon make a formal recommendation to Superintendent Patrick Reen. Like many of its Vermont peers, the MAUSD has been struggling with declining enrollment, which reduces the Bristol-area district’s income from the state. It also faces increasing costs, especially those related to employee health care. Reen has projected that MAUSD annual budgets could exceed state-mandated spending thresholds by millions of dollars in coming years,...

MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Abigail Reen (21) carries the ball in the first half of Saturday’s Division II title game against Burr & Burton Academy in South Burlington on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
11/02/2020
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Many elements that make a team successful can be measured — speed, skills, experience, depth. Others pieces are harder to pin down. Chemistry. Grit. Smarts. It seems some teams know how to win. Arguably No. 2 Burr & Burton Academy showed more measurables in Saturday’s Division II field hockey final than top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School — quickness, flashier stickwork, and for most of the game crisper passing on a turf surface like BBA’s home field. But for the third straight and 10th time since 2000, when the final horn sounded on Saturday it was the team in...
10/29/2020
BRISTOL — During an Oct. 14 virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Mount Abraham Unified School District, discussion facilitator Sue McCormack reminded the district’s Community Engagement Committee, or CEC, that as recently as last fall Five-Town residents were reticent to discuss future possibilities for school buildings that might need to be closed. “We thought it would be really helpful to start having a proactive conversation about that,” McCormack recalled. “And in the very first town we went to, what we found was that people were not ready to have that conversation. And we changed our...
10/08/2020
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Unified School District officials want to talk with 5-Town residents about a financial future that may require closing some of their schools. “It is not without a great deal of concern and anxiety that the MAUSD Board is undertaking conversations that include the possible closure of schools,” wrote board chair Dawn Griswold in an open letter to the community last month. “I believe I can speak for all members when I say that especially at this uncertain moment in time, this is not something we want to be bringing to the community to consider.” But with steadily...
10/08/2020
Editor’s note: The writers sent this letter to the Mount Abraham Unified School District board and cc’d the Independent. Dear MAUSD School Board Members, It has become painfully clear that our district schools are in a tough place financially. We hear you. We share your concerns, and very much appreciate both your commitment to kids and your earnest sense of urgency in seeking solutions. At the same time, we have come to believe there may be steps we can take that will enable our six schools to survive and flourish. With this in mind, we request that you put on hold any plans (including plans...
10/01/2020
Dear Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro Communities,  For the last few years, the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) School Board has been wrestling with the realities of declining enrollment and rapidly increasing health insurance costs. At the same time, we’ve seen the need to improve our educational outcomes and support for students socially, emotionally and physically regardless of their economic status, race, ethnicity, gender orientation, or ability. We are charged with doing this important work at a cost that the community deems acceptable, and we know that...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School is the youngest building in the Bristol-area school district, but it is also the one in the most need of repair.
09/10/2020
BRISTOL — Even as it celebrates recent successes — well-received community engagement last fall, Essential Persons Child Care and Meals on the Bus this spring, a high school graduation ceremony for the ages, and the reopening of schools this week — the Mount Abraham Unified School District is facing some tough decisions about its future, which will require robust conversations throughout its five member towns. Like many school districts around the state, MAUSD has experienced a steady enrollment decline and sharp increases in health care and other costs. As of Aug. 11, MAUSD projected it...

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