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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - September 15, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Tri Valley Bennington Banner wednesday september 15, 1965-5 Union school study group disbands committee to Spur Region ligation highlights of Tri Volley reports by Nancy la. Otis Manchester a that educational baby a the 11-town Tri Valley regional school study group a born so lustily last february expired tuesday night with hardly a murmur. It had however accomplished its reason for being five weeks ahead of schedule. The group voting to disband named its steering committee As the a a action group to proceed full steam ahead toward formation of a Union school District. Supt. Neil e. Cross reported he was a in total accords with Aplan to form a District a was Early As this fall and perhaps not later than but first he warned the idea has to be sold to the taxpayer. The two votes last night disbanding of the study group and retention of the steering committee to continue the work of were recorded As a a unanimous because of no vocal dissent. Many attending it was observed did not exercise their vote. Less than 35, including some interested taxpayers were in the room although Cross reported that in its seven months of life the group had a grown in excess of steering committee members who will now see that the Public receives the results of the group s fact finding on the feasibility of a Union Junior senior High school include Terry Tyler mrs. Judy Huffman and mrs. Helen Giddings of Dorset Walter Corey and mrs. Louise Coul Man of Arlington Eugene Kayatta and Reid Lefevre of Manchester mrs. Alice Dugan it. Tabor mrs. Angel Holbrook and mrs. Carol Mcnealus Pawlet mrs. Dorothea , Danby John Shuell Peru Austin Mckeighan Rupert mrs. Mathilda Kenny Sandgate Albert Lawrence Sunderland and William Quinn Wells. The study group tuesday night received reports made by three of the seven study group committees. Presenting them were John Moore of Arlington chairman of the research and development committee mrs. Gerald Raftery of Sunderland chairman study croup steers in direction by Elizabeth Dwyer the steering committee of the co operative project for Curri Culum development set up under the l Ord foundation Grant steered itself off in a new and More meaningful direction at a meeting last night in the chs Library. Under the terms of the proposal that resulted in the allocation of a Grant of $237,000, for curriculum development in area Public and parochial schools the project is headed by a director and an executive committee made up of the superintendents of the two local supervisory districts and the principal of chs. At the present time the project director who assumed the position last summer is James Morgan and the executive committee is now made up of father Vincent j. Spine ill Csc principal of chs supt. Leon e. Wagner of the Southwest District and acting supt. George Sleeman of the Bennington supervisory District. The steering committee includes one principal one school Board representative erne teachers representative and one Lay member from each school District involved in the project plus one representative from each of the co operating and consulting colleges a Bennington Williams North Adams state College Albany state College and the University of Vermont. This session marked the first meeting of the committee with the new project director and each appeared determined to Start off Chi a new basis in their relationship. Although called a a steering committee a the group in the past year had found Little in the Way of a vehicle to steer and there had been some dissatisfaction in the ranks of the committee about the fact that their function appeared to be solely that of a rubber stamp for the work of the project. Morgan told the group he Felt the committee should be making More practical contributions to the project or the whole idea would be a waste of everybody a time. A unless the committee can make some definite constructive contributions to the project i see no reason for having it a he said and most committee members present agreed. The new project director said the steering committee should serve As a sounding Board for some of the ideas of the project director and executive committee and at the same time act As an advisory group for exploration of new ideas. He noted the committee should be free to initiate ideas for curriculum needs and ways to fulfil these needs with the final decision on the ideas left with the executive group. The Basic problem that seemed to emerge from a Frank but amicable discussion last night is that the steering committee is fairly vague As to its function and that there has been governors club St., Quot pm Dpi Mirin Kef there Isno finer whiskey governors club is custom blended in controlled quantities and is Light and smooth As the most notable import. And you get 25% More whiskey in the full quart bottle. J a Dougherty s sons. Co distillers Philadelphia Penna Lemont ill. Governor s club blended whiskey. 86 proof. 65% Grain Neutral spirits a Lack of communication Between them and the executive group. It was emphasized that under the terms of the Grant the latter group is free to take specific action on policy without approval of the steering group. A Case in Point was the recent allocation of funds from the project to the newly organized Prospect school in North Bennington. Father Spinelli explained that the school an experimental private school which will use a number of ideas in which the Cpd is interested came into being in a relatively Short time. In order that the school might get under Way within the Legal number of Days required of schools the executive Board met the emergency by taking Quick action with no time possible to present it to the full committee. The difficulty in communication was pointed up in this Case when several committee members noted that this was the first knowledge they had had about the Prospect school. Others raised questions As to the results of curriculum studies undertaken last summer under the Wing of the Ford foundation summer school. In View of this the committee determined that an Overall review of the goals of the project was needed. In order to make its role As an Active body More realistic a suggestion was adopted to have the committee elect a chairman from within its ranks who would work with sub committees to undertake future ideas that might be considered for the project. Mrs. John Mccullough who represents the it. Anthony Union school Board was unanimously elected to the Post and mrs. Richard Dwyer Lay representative from North Bennington was named Secretary. It was suggested that All committee members begin to take a More Active part in the thinking for the project and come up with some ideas that could be channelled directly to the chairman. She would then be Able to appoint committees who would study and implement some of the ideas of they received approval from the project director and executive committee. Mrs. Mccullough suggested As a starting Point the possibility of having a program aimed at inter relationship of science teachers from the colleges involved together with both elementary and secondary school science teachers from the local schools. She suggested that it might be possible to have the science teachers attend a panel discussion of some kind to be headed by or. Jacob Bronowski English scientist and author who see study group Page to col. 8 a Etc Pajl Gaul hotel Putman it i ii ii he nil no ton it colonial shopping Clr we Tim to a mass. 4,1 re. I m. This Beautiful coat is a Day or night prize. And it has All the no nonsense properties you demand to keep you dry in a downpour. Polyester and Cotton. Natural Blue Coal Olive Black. 8 to 18 regular 6 to 16 Petite. $37.50 with Wool Alpaca pile zip in lining. 60.00. A of the curriculum committee and mrs. Berry Wall of Manchester chairman of the census and enrolment committee. Terry Tyler who has been study group chairman pointed out that it was too soon for several committees to make a report. He called on All those outside the steering committee to act in a Public relations capacity. According to the reports he said a Union school is a not Only needed but will be More badly needed in the the group voted to ask each school Board in the la towns to vote immediately its share on a $1 per Pupil in grades 7-12 basis toward expenses of getting information printed and disseminated to the Public. Richard Bartholomae of Manchester himself a member of the finance committee asked for a financial report on the amount of backing available for carrying out the curricula and educational philosophy As set Forth by the study group. A is there an insurmountable Gap Between what we can have and a wonderful but unobtainable goal a he asked. Leon Edgerton of Dorset chairman of the committee pointed out that finances of the project will have to follow whatever the census and curriculum committees come up with. A that s All the committee can do a he said since to Date it has no building in mind and nothing on which to base any figures. A people will question us on this a Bartholomae warned to which Shuell remarked that a if the new group does its Job properly there will be no loopholes and All things will be it was pointed out that the Cost per Pupil at Brattleboro a excellent Union school with an enrolment of about 1025, is $648.37. This was compared with the Cost of $510 plus $100 in extra fees research and development committee existing educational facilities in the la towns of the area being considered for a new regional school include few excellent ones. Overcrowding is forcing the Best most modern plants to consider expansion. With few exceptions the existing physical plants Are below the state and National level. Census committee in order to have a physical Plant economically feasible to operate and a Broad enough curriculum to fill students various needs there must be a minimum of 800 students and a much larger tax base. It is not unreasonable on the strength of an eligibility Survey for a Union Junior senior High school to say that a Union school District of la towns could immediately draw an enrolment of 1,200 students. Manchester pupils who have completed Grade 12 in the last nine years represent Only 67 per cent of those eligible to do so. Thirty three per cent dropped out. Arlington pupils who have graduated from Grade 12 average Only 70 per cent of those eligible a 30 per cent dropped out. A much broader curriculum is necessary to keep them in school. _ curriculum committee present curricula in grades k-12 Are a in great need of updating and enrichment in some areas. All children in the District should have the same preparation for High school where they must can Pete in the same curriculum. Recommendations organized remedial Reading program regularly scheduled physical training health music and Art education foreign language dropped from first six grades unless All can take it from qualified teachers incorporation of grades 7, 8 and 9 in a separate division a vocational program updated business curriculum scheduling of no less than four years of a foreign language accelerated courses for the gifted and exploratory courses in languages practical Art and business in grades 7 and 8 to Ald in determining High school electives. Is Perin r in Den to a repo r i a i know i would feel better and i suppose most directors and Many of the people at Large would feel better if they had direct control of the education that these children Are receiving. A it is a rare group of children. That can have More than 30 per cent capable of achieving the True intentions of a College preparatory curriculum. I am very genuinely concerned with this other 70 per cent. Who will in most cases not be attending a four year for sending a Pupil to Burr and Burton Seminary. A main concern of Many of the group a the Fate of the private High school a was tentatively questioned during the meeting and tentatively answered. William Towne principal of Arlington memorial High school asked if there had been any possibility of the Seminary s changing its status to become an area Center for secondary education. A there s been no direct approach to me a Cross replied a and a change in Legal status has t been considered As far As i James b. Campbell a member of the finance committee and a trustee of the Seminary who attended the meeting with e. 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