• Denise Goodnow

HUUSD Board Report

The HUUSD Board met remotely on February 17, 2021, via Zoom. The Board received an update from its student representatives. There was also discussion about next steps after last meeting’s decision to pursue a name change for Thatcher Brook Primary School. Board members were appointed to draft a process, based on public input and previous models, which they will bring back to the board in March.

At the previous meeting, the Board had unanimously agreed to consider the question of reducing a team of middle level teachers at Harwood Union. At this week’s meeting, the Board took up the matter and voted to eliminate four positions due to very small class sizes projected for next year in the 7th and 8th grades at the Harwood campus. Our administrators expect this may result in one teacher layoff and that other teachers can be reassigned based on upcoming retirements.

The Board also decided to add action items to future agendas on several topics: comparing our HUUSD budget to that in other districts, staff exit surveys, and possibly adopting a policy on retirement bonuses for administrators.

Voting is currently underway for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 HUUSD Budget Articles. Please contact your local town clerk for an absentee ballot. Walk up voting will also be available on Town Meeting Day, March 2, at your local polling station. We invite you to join us at 6PM via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/386460007) on March 1 for an informational meeting on the budget. A recording of a prior online budget presentation is also available on our YouTube channel, HUWebapp. Budget information, including our Annual Report, can be found on our website (huusd.org). Thank you in advance for your participation and continued support.

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