VVS board members discuss finances, priorities for school year

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VERONA — The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education met on Thursday, Sept. 28, to review the district’s 2020-21 audit and to receive a look forward at the district’s priorities for the 2021-22 school year from Superintendent Martha Group.

Prior to the meeting, the board recognized recent retiree Cindy Thomas and applauded her for her 20 years of commitment to the students, faculty and staff of VVS.

As the first order of business, Jason Piper, a senior auditor from the district’s outside independent auditing firm, presented the results of the 2020-2021 audit of the school district finances.

Piper shared that the district is in good financial standing,
and there are no concerns
with the district’s auditing
practices.

Piper thanked the administration for their cooperation throughout the audit process.

Group then gave a presentation on the opening of school for the 2021-2022 school year.

“We are looking at the upcoming school year as a year for growth and acceleration,” Group said, adding “The last year may not have been the year we wanted, but we learned many important lessons which helped us shape a roadmap for this year’s goals.”

The three priorities for the year are to:

Foster a sense of belonging and partnership among student and families;

Use multiple measures to determine student’s learning; and

Ensure strong grade-appropriate instruction with just-in-time interventions when they are needed. 

During Board Forum, the board members decided that the next board meeting will be an in-person meeting, where members of the public will be able to join in person. For the last several months, members of the public have been able to join via Zoom but not in person. 

Information on board scheduling, as well as agendas of upcoming meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the district website, www.vvsschools.org.

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