Back to school is right around the corner, and Charlotte Central School is ready to welcomeCCS Exploratory – 2 the 365 enrolled students this year. Those returning to CCS, “Where there’s no better place to learn,” might see a few changes around the building.
As the municipal tax rate is set to increase from 14.39 cents to 17.67 cents per $100 assessed property value, taxpayers are struggling to understand if the recent consolidation of CSSU school districts under Act 46 is the culprit. After all, Town Administrator Dean Bloch said in reference to the three-cent increase, “The main driver in the increase was the state education tax rates.” But the facts, when examined a little more closely, don’t necessarily point an accusatory finger at unification for the jump.
Whether voters in Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston knew it or not when they voted on June 7 to consolidate under one unified district, they became part of the largest statewide education reorganization in the past 125 years. Act 46, which passed in all five towns of CSSU to create the Champlain Valley School District, is designed with an overarching goal to reduce the number of Vermont’s existing school districts by half.
No one ever expected a pre-historic lake beast to be fast off the mark, but Champ barely made it 20 feet before doubling over to catch his breath, shaking his head as participants in the Annual Champ Run on June 7 at CCS went streaming by, some as young as three years old.
When we constructed six raised beds and planned their planting with the school food director, that was exactly our goal: expand students’ palates, give them personal experiences with their food, and support their health and well-being with outdoor education and ecologically grown fresh produce.
The results from the Act 46 governance consolidation merger special meeting vote within the Chittenden South Supervisory Union are in.
The slippery or red elm standing in front of the home of Christie and Dave Garrett on Thompson’s Point Road has always impressed me mightily, and indeed, with a girth of 232 inches, it is the biggest of its kind in Charlotte.