HUUSD School Board Meeting recap - April 25

Dear members of our six town community,

At our last meeting on April 25, 2018, the Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Board took action on eight (8) items:

  1. We voted on a matter related to public comment (to see public comment rules adopted by the board in September 2017, click here.) 
  2. We voted to approve the minutes from April 11, 2017 meeting with noted edits.
  3. We voted to accept board warrants that had been pre-approved according to board process.
  4. We asked the Central Office to create HUUSD-board-specific email addresses for all board members.
  5. We discussed including a code of ethics, code of conduct, a feedback mechanism, and feedback skills for all board members at the next board retreat.
  6. We voted to include into official board minutes the letters of finding from the Office of the Attorney General and the State Auditor regarding complaints filed about alleged actions of school district employees and school board members.
  7. We voted to approve the reassignment of Duane Pierson to the Assistant Principal for Harwood Middle School, and to open a search for the Moretown Elementary School Principal position.
  8. We voted to schedule a follow-up executive session for the purpose of Superintendent evaluation on May 16 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm, after which our board meeting will continue in open session.

At this meeting, the Board entered into two executive sessions related to: 1) the hiring of the administrator at Harwood Union High School/Middle School and 2) superintendent evaluation.

In addition, the board was given refresher training on Open Meeting Law (OML)/Public Records by Sue Ceglowski, legal counsel at the Vermont School Board Association VSBA. This was helpful and important information, and was specifically put on the agenda in response to allegations made against the board. (Note the meeting was originally scheduled for winter 2018 but had to be rescheduled due to the presenter being ill).

You can watch the full meeting at:

We hope to send updates and previews of each HUUSD Board meeting in the future. Thank you for your continued support and engagement. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 9 from 6 - 9:30 pm. Time will be spent touring Crossett Brook Middle School (CBMS) and Harwood Union Middle School (HUMS), and the remainder of the meeting will be held in the Harwood Union High School library. 

Visit for board agendas and minutes, and watch past meetings at


The HUUSD Board 

Christine Sullivan (Waitsfield)  *Chair

Caitlin Hollister (Waterbury)  *Vice Chair

Alycia Biondo (Warren)

Jill Ellis (Fayston)

Gabe Gilman (Moretown)

Peter Langella (Moretown)

Garett MacCurtain (Duxbury)   

Maureen McCracken (Waterbury)

Theresa Membrino (Fayston)

Melissa Phillips (Waterbury)

Torrey Smith (Duxbury)   

Alexandra Thomsen  (Waterbury)

Rosemarie White (Warren)

Rob Williams (Waitsfield) 

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