Child Find Notice 2019-2020

posted Mar 27, 2019, 9:53 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 9:53 AM ]

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
Towns of Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford, Pownal, & The Village of North Bennington
2019-2020 Child Find Notice

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to locate, evaluate, and identify persons with disabilities from birth through age 21, who may be in need of special education, related services, or accommodations in order to access a free appropriate public education; and to provide such needed services for those ages 3 through 21.

Services for eligible children ages birth through 3 years are provided through the Children's Integrated Services-Early Intervention program. Services for eligible children ages 3 to 21 are provided by your local supervisory union.

If you know a child residing in the towns within SVSU that you believe may have such needs but are not currently receiving services please contact the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Attn: Special Education, 246 South Stream Road, Bennington, VT 05201, or call the Special Education Office at 802-753-5830.

Information obtained during Child Find remains confidential as required by Vermont Special Education Regulations and the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act.

Proficiency-Based Learning

posted Oct 9, 2018, 11:48 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jan 9, 2019, 6:15 AM ]

At the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, we strive for success for every student through personalized learning and flexible pathways. According to the Vermont Agency of Education, “Proficiency-Based Learning is a key component of flexible and personalized pathways set forth in Act 77 and the State Board of Education’s Education Quality Standards. Vermont public schools must provide students with flexible and personalized pathways for progressing through grade levels and to graduation. These resources can help educators and families understand some of the changes that are taking place in Vermont schools.”

To learn more about Proficiency-Based Learning and how it is being implemented in the SVSU, please visit the links below.

Municipal Retirement Increase

posted Jun 11, 2018, 6:02 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 6:03 AM ]

Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union

246 South Stream Road
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-447-7501      Fax: 802-447-8414

“Striving for Excellence”

May 24, 2018
Support Staff / Off-Contract Employees
Laurie Lingner, Payroll & Benefits Manager
Municipal Retirement Contribution

Free Summer Meals Schedule 2018

posted Jun 11, 2018, 4:37 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 4:26 AM ]

Summer Meals Schedule 2018

Community Input on Federal Funds

posted Jun 8, 2018, 9:07 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Nov 8, 2018, 9:29 AM ]

Community Input on Federal Funds

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) receives federal funding through Title I, Title IIA, and Title IVA for supplementary services to meet each school’s goals for improvement. Funds are used­­ to strengthen educational services beyond district expenses, drive reform, and improve results for students. The federal mandated uses include:
  • Adopting rigorous standards and high-quality assessments
  • Establishing data systems and analyzing data for improvement
  • Increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness – including technology integration
  • Coaching and mentoring teachers
  • Turning around the lowest achieving schools – including intervention services, evidence based academic supports, Pre-K support, before and after school supports, homeless educational supports, and parent involvement activities in each school.
  • The SVSU uses their Title II funds to provide professional development. In particular, funds are used to provide continuous, ongoing training that helps teachers understand academic subjects and learn strategies to help students meet high academic standards.
  • Other uses:

Federal Title I funds are allocated in proportion to the socio-economic needs of each school. Parents and community members are welcome to give input to the SVSU on the use of federal funds within the mandated guidelines for the annual application (end of June).

Please send any comments to:

Invitation to ACT 77

posted Sep 21, 2016, 7:37 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 5:59 AM ]

Please join us for: 

Vermont Legislative Forum

Personal Learning Plans: A Community Discussion on Student Centered Learning (VT Act 77)

Thursday, September 29, 2016 

7:00 pm 

CAPA Symposium | Bennington College

Veronica Newton, Vermont Agency of Education, will be joined by Vermont State Senator Brian Campion, Laura Boudreau (SVSU), Glenda Cresto (MAUHS), Tim Payne (MAUMS), and local educators, students, and parents to discuss Vermont Act 77 and the role of personal learning plans in the education of our students.

Moderated by Susan Sgorbati, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Open to the public

Contact: | 802-447-4267

Senator Leahy's Response to PFOA Letters from MAUMS

posted Jun 9, 2016, 8:19 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 8:27 AM ]

Welcome to the New SVSU Website

posted May 20, 2016, 7:14 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 5:09 AM ]

The SVSU family of websites have been migrated from WIX to the free SVSU Google Apps for Education domain. The goal of the new sites is to provide an improved site appearance, a more streamlined navigation experience and faster webpage load times while decreasing the amount of network resources required by each site visitor. The websites for all the schools within the SVSU follow the same template allowing visitors to more easily find information across the sites.

The contents of each navigation tab drop down menu are described below.

Act 46 Committee Seeks Community Members

posted May 11, 2016, 6:51 AM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Jul 13, 2016, 8:38 AM ]

May 6, 2016

The Southwest Supervisory Union and member Districts are seeking community members who would like to participate in the Act 46 Study Committee as Community Representatives. Input from the community is an important part of the process of collaboration and possible consolidation. 

The goal of the committee is to develop a plan of action for all districts involved to:
  • Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities statewide;
  • Lead students to achieve or exceed High Quality Education Standards.
  • Maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing the district-level ratio of students to full-time equivalent staff;
  • Promote transparency and accountability; and are delivered at a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value.

As a community representative, the expectations would be to:
  • Commit to work as a team member toward positive progress in creating an approved plan – probably 2-4 hours/month from June 2016-July 2017.
  • Represent the community needs and interests in a high quality education system for all students.
  • Be prepared to learn about Act 46 and various topics that need to be collaboratively developed or success of the plan.

Each town board will be accepting applications and letters of interest for appointment at their June meeting. Please mail your application (www.svsu.orgAct 46 Committee") to:

James R. Culkeen, Superintendent
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union
246 South Stream Road
Bennington, VT 05201

Thank you for your interest in this important process!

Early Childhood Program - Developmental Screenings

posted Mar 1, 2016, 5:05 PM by Elaine Hulett   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 6:55 AM ]

Developmental screenings are short tests to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should. Free developmental screenings are available for children ages two and a half to five years old.

Upcoming screening dates:
  • May 6, 2016

Please call (802) 447-8419 to make an appointment.

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