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SSD Board Brief - April 23, 2018

Superintendent Tracy Wrend updated the school board on college acceptances at Peoples Academy (PA), which has transitioned to a proficiency-based system K-12. (Stowe has transitioned K-10, with current Juniors and Seniors receiving traditional grades.)  Seniors from PA who applied to college this fall submitted their Semester 1 Mastery Report as part of their application.  This did not appear to impact college acceptances, as students were accepted into college at rates similar to the prior three years.  Students were accepted by 56 different colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve University, Clarkson University, Mount Holyoke College, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Vermont and many other nationally ranked colleges and universities.  The administration will continue to monitor the college application process to ensure that our students are well supported during this period of transition.

Jim Brochhausen attended the Stowe Education Fund (SEF) meeting on April 11 and reported that SEF plans to support two exciting projects at Stowe High School as part of their 20th Anniversary drive.  The projects involve renovations to the high school lobby and library, with the goal of updating both spaces to enhance the school environment and to create functional and flexible work space.  The board is excited about these projects, and greatly appreciates the hard work and generosity of SEF members and donors. 

We are pleased to learn that the Capital Project Committee is underway and will hold its first meeting on May 1 at 5pm in the Stowe High School Library.  Members include Norm Williams, Terrie Wehse, Robin Dixon, Drew Clymer, Geoff Lindemer, Vickie Alekson, David Jaqua and SSD board member Tiffany Donza.  Superintendent Tracy Wrend, Andy Lundeen (LSSU Director of Finance and Operations), and Dave Bullis (Stowe School District Facilities Manager) will staff the committee.  Black River Design, the firm that conducted the facilities audit in 2015, will facilitate the work of the committee.  Thank you to our community members who have volunteered their time to serve on this committee.