Note from Francie 3/10/17

The plan to merge with Dover and Wardsboro to consolidate school governance was voted down on Tuesday. Discussion was spirited at Town Meeting with a wide range of opinions expressed. Support for maintaining Marlboro’s Junior High and keeping the discussion and vote on the school budget at the Marlboro Town Meeting were key reasons voiced for voting “No”. This also gives us a year to develop the proposal for an alternative structure and to see if the state will accept it. I’ll keep you informed as this work gets started.

Tuesday’s election also resulted in David Holzapfel being elected to the board. Please join me in welcoming David – he knows us well! And also join me in extending hearty thanks to Carol Ann Johnson for her service on the board. I look forward to Carol Ann staying connected with the school.

John Bentley hosted another Climbing Wall and Open Gym Night on Thursday. Thank you, John! And thank you to Sarah Lavigne and George Leoniak who helped out with belaying the climbers. There was a great turnout. New skills and great fun were had by all!

Ann Gengarelly and Erica hosted a Poetry Reading in South EL. Lots of parents were able to come to hear their children read poems written with Ann over several weeks. It’s always great to have an audience for our important work.

We are learning so much about the process of composting and it’s not as simple as you might think! We’ve filled one bin (with thanks to Tanya Balsley for getting sawdust and Brian McNeice for supplying manure). The temperature got up to 140 F and now is cooling off. Time to give it more oxygen and turn it into the next bin. This is hard work! If you have any time to help out, please let me know.

Reminder! The Basketball Jamboree for all basketball players and their families is next Friday, 5:30-7. Be sure to bring your sneakers, parents! You will be playing against your children as well as enjoying pizza and awards.

Welcome to Mason in North EL. Mason is Annika’s cousin and he just moved to town from Virginia.

Don’t forget to stop by the Brattleboro library and the Marlboro Town Office to see the student artwork, On March 18 the Glasstastic exhibit will open at the Brattleboro Museum. This will also include work by Marlboro students. Thanks to Sue for getting our students’ work out in public.

Finally, Student Led Conferences will be on March 24. Please check your child’s class newsletter to find out how to sign up.

~ Francie