MMUUSD School Board Updates

 

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Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District (MMUUSD) Board serves the towns of Bolton, Huntington, Richmond, Jericho, and Underhill.  The board is comprised of representatives from these towns.

Upcoming Meetings

11/30/19
School Board meeting in Jericho.  The school board will meet at Mount Mansfield Union High School on Monday December 2nd at 6:30 PM.

Our finance committee has been working with the administration on the budget for next school year.  On Monday, the full board will review the current draft. We anticipate approving a budget at our January 6th meeting, to be voted on Town Meeting Day.

On Monday, the board will receive an update from the MMU Principal on Proficiency Based Grading Requirements, and hear from our student representatives, committees, and any public comment.   We will also break up into small groups for Policy Governance work. An optional tour of the recently improved MMU auditorium will be available at 6 PM.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for January 6th, 6:30 PM at Browns River Middle School.  We plan on approving the 2020-21 budget and annual meeting warning, hearing from the BPMS principal, and continuing our policy governance work. 

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year.  We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement.  Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.


10/16/19
School Board meetings in Richmond Monday.  The finance committee will meet on Monday, October 21st, 6:00 PM at Camel’s Hump Middle School, and the full school board will meet at 7:30 PM.

Starting at 6 o’clock, the finance committee will hear from the Transportation Supervisor, Special Education Director, Facilities Coordinator, Technology Director, and building principals.  This department and building leaders will present priorities for the upcoming budget that may influence expenditures.

At 7:30 PM the full board will convene with a focus on breaking into groups for policy governance work.  We will also hear any public comment and select a voting delegate for VSBA Annual Business Meeting.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for November 4th, 6:30 PM at Underhill Central School where we will hear about the transition to all Underhill elementary students attending UCS, discuss Vermont School Board Association Resolutions and next steps for an external consultant, receive information on the Mount Mansfield Academy programs, and continue our policy governance work.  An optional tour of the facilities will be available at 6 PM.

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year.  We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement.  Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.


10/4/19
School Board meeting in Jericho.  The school board will meet on Monday, October 7th, 6:30 PM at Jericho Elementary School.  

We will begin our meeting by hearing from the JES Principal, our student representatives, and any community comments.  Principal Graf is expected to give an update on the Spanish immersion program as well as the transition to all Jericho elementary students attending JES.

We will receive annual student assessment information from Ben White (Director of Curriculum Communication and Innovation), and an education property tax calculation explanation from Chris Sumner (Director of Finance and Operations). The board will break into small groups for policy governance work and afterwards hear updates from the Superintendent and committees.

Our next school board meeting is scheduled for November 4th, 6:30 PM at Underhill Central School where we will continue our policy governance work and hear about the transition to all Underhill elementary students attending UCS.

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year.  We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement.  Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.


9/6/19
The school board will meet on Monday, September 16th, 6:30 PM at Camels Hump Middle School.

We will begin our meeting by hearing from the CHMS Principal, our student representatives, and any community comments. The Board will enter an executive session with our attorney to discuss a resolution related to the June 6th special meeting vote. The vote has been been challenged in both the original lawsuit and a new lawsuit. The original lawsuit brought by the Huntington School Board was dismissed but is expected to be appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court. The Board will then enter a second executive session to discuss negotiations, and then approve the support staff agreement and respond to a request from a group looking to join the support staff on a subsequent contract.
The Board will hear from the Superintendent and committees, discuss committee membership and our Policy Governance work plan.

Our next school board meeting is scheduled for October 7th, 6:30 PM at Jericho Elementary School.

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year. We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement. Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel's Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.


8/5/19
Do all towns in MMU have the same tax rate?
The education property tax rate is determined by a complicated formula with two local inputs: “education spending” and “equalized pupils.”  “Education spending” is most of the school budget approved on town meeting day and “equalized pupils” is a State formula that counts our students differently depending on demographics.

This year, Prior to the Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) adjustments, education property tax rates in Bolton, Jericho, Richmond, and Underhill decreased 0.44% from $1.4922 to $1.4855.  The Huntington rate decreased 1.64% from $1.5104 to $1.4855 (this is the first year that all students are members of the Mount Mansfield District).

After the education calculations, the Mount Mansfield education property tax rate is adjusted by the Vermont Department of Taxes for the fair market value of real estate in each town -- the Common Level of Appraisal (CLA).  This year, the CLA for Jericho is 100.53% and for Richmond is 93.15%. The Tax Department study has calculated that homes with a fair market value of $100,000 would be assessed at $100,530 Jericho and $93,150 in Richmond. Homes with equal fair market value should pay the same education tax, so the Mount Mansfield tax rate printed on tax bills this year is reduced in Jericho and increased in Richmond.

We all pay the same education tax rate, adjusted for the disparities between our individual town assessments.  This year, like many years, the education tax rate on your tax bill will be impacted more because of real estate prices in your town than by changes in our school operating costs.

Impact of the Common Level of Appraisal adjustments this year:

FY 20

pre-CLA

CLA

with CLA

Bolton

$1.4855

96.07%

$1.5463

Huntington

$1.4855

97.36%

$1.5258

Jericho

$1.4855

100.53%

$1.4777

Richmond

$1.4855

93.15%

$1.5947

Underhill

$1.4855

98.19%

$1.5129


State of Vermont Education Property Tax Rate explanation:
http://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/understanding-property-taxes/education-tax-rates
State of Vermont  CLA information http://tax.vermont.gov/research-and-reports/reports/equalization-study 

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year.  We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement.  Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.


7/22/19
Mount Mansfield School District tax rate decreases 0.44%

Prior to the Common Level of Appraisal adjustments, Education property tax rates in Bolton, Jericho, Richmond, and Underhill decreased under half a percent from $1.4922 last year to $1.4855 this year.  This is the first year we are not receiving any incentive from the 2015 merger.

This is also the first year that all of Huntington’s students are members of the Mount Mansfield District.  Prior to the Common Level of Appraisal adjustment, Huntington’s tax rate decreased 1.64% from $1.5104 last year to $1.4855.

To ensure that homeowners pay education taxes based on the fair market value of their homes, the Vermont Department of Taxes conducts an annual study of home sales and adjusts the appraised values in each town by their Common Level of Appraisal (CLA).  

Impact of the Common Level of Appraisal adjustments this year:

FY 20

pre-CLA

CLA

with CLA

Bolton

$1.4855

96.07%

$1.5463

Huntington

$1.4855

97.36%

$1.5258

Jericho

$1.4855

100.53%

$1.4777

Richmond

$1.4855

93.15%

$1.5947

Underhill

$1.4855

98.19%

$1.5129

State of Vermont Education Property Tax Rate explanation:
http://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/understanding-property-taxes/education-tax-rates
State of Vermont  CLA information http://tax.vermont.gov/research-and-reports/reports/equalization-study 

The Mount Mansfield School Board generally meets the first and/or third Mondays of each month during the school year.  We use a Policy Governance framework to enable the Superintendent and Administration to manage the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District and allow the Board to focus on goals and community engagement.  Mount Mansfield Schools include Mount Mansfield Union High, Browns River Middle, Camel’s Hump Middle, Brewster Pierce Elementary (Huntington), Jericho Elementary, Richmond Elementary, Smilie Memorial (Bolton), and Underhill Central schools, as well as the UID preschool.