February 9, 2023
Windsor Central Unified Union Faculty District a step nearer to potential title change
Windsor Central Unified Union Faculty District a step nearer to potential title change
Drew Tobiason, who has labored on the Woodstock Union Excessive Faculty and Center Faculty as a custodian for nearly 30 years, scrubs the hallways in July in preparation for returning college students. The Windsor Central Unified Union Faculty District, a product of Act 46 supervisory union mergers, is contemplating a reputation that’s much less of a mouthful. File picture by Jennifer Hauck/Valley Information

Editor’s Word: This story by Frances Mize was first printed by the Valley Information on Nov. 17.

Vermont residents may not need to abbreviate the Windsor Central Unified Union Faculty District anymore. The district, a product of Act 46 supervisory union mergers, is one step nearer to a reputation that’s much less of a mouthful.

A college board working group, tasked with exploring the rebranding, is all the way down to a shortlist of three potential new names, if the district goes by means of with the title change in any respect.

“We wish a reputation that higher displays who we’re,” mentioned Keri Bristow, the working group’s chair.

The alternatives at present into account are “the Mountain View Faculty District,” “the Riverbank Faculty District” and “the Calvin Coolidge Faculty District.” The panel started with an extended record of names steered by college students, then despatched out a survey to the Listservs of all the sending cities within the district, in addition to its highschool college students and workers, earlier than narrowing the alternatives to 3.

Now it’s despatched out one other survey, searching for suggestions earlier than deciding on a suggestion to deliver earlier than the total Faculty Board. The board must vote to make any change official.

WCUUSD’s pre-kindergarten by means of twelfth grade pupil inhabitants comes from seven Vermont cities: Woodstock, Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, Studying, Killington and Plymouth.

That record of cities, and the district’s unwieldy title, got here collectively after the passage of Act 46 in 2015. Meant to account for cities that don’t have giant sufficient populations to help their very own excessive faculties, Act 46 merged all of Vermont’s supervisory unions right into a collection of 11 unified districts to create “bigger and extra environment friendly college governance buildings,” the state’s schooling web site reads.

It additionally resulted in what some see as clunky jargon.

“We’ve a reasonably generic supervisory union title now, and something extra distinctive can be great,” mentioned Aaron Cinquemani, principal of The Prosper Valley Faculty, an elementary college in Pomfret. “This is a chance to supply pupil company and voice, and I feel that’s a good way of reaching that call.”

A reputation within the vein of the White River Valley Supervisory Union would make extra sense, mentioned Bryce Sammel, a district Faculty Board member.

“It represents cities on the White River or on branches of the river,” he mentioned. “Windsor Central Unified Union Faculty District, as a reputation, doesn’t actually imply something to anyone from any of our cities.”

Residents’ demand for a brand new district title was tepid within the survey. Just below half of the respondents mentioned they have been “impartial” in the case of a change, and those that felt strongly concerning the subject — in both path — have been tied.

However the district is due for renaming bills whether or not it stays WCUUSD or not. Bristow, the Faculty Board chair, famous that nearly all the branding for the college nonetheless reads as “Windsor Central Supervisory Union,” an artifact from the times earlier than Act 46, so it might want to overhaul it anyway.

“Change is tough,” she mentioned, referencing the “uproar” prompted this summer season when Suicide Six, a ski space in Pomfret, modified its title to Saskadena Six.

Bristow added that down the highway the district can also be set to debate a mascot change, following the passage of a legislation final March that prohibits college mascots that stereotype a race, gender or sexual orientation. Woodstock Union Excessive Faculty’s mascot is the Wasps.

“However this all needs to be performed as a stability,” she mentioned.

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