Rutland Northeast hires Collins for superintendent position

Jeanne Collins will be the new superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. The board of the union announced her hire on Thursday.

Collins will step down as superintendent of the Burlington city schools on June 30. Her departure follows revelations that the district has racked up millions of dollars in budget deficits over the last 10 years. The IRS is seeking $500,000 in missing payroll taxes and penalties, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Collins was named superintendent of the year by the Vermont Superintendents Association in 2011. She led the Burlington city schools for nine years and previously served as director of special education in Burlington and Washington West Supervisory Union for 11 years.

Carol Brigham, chair of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, said in a statement that Collins has been given a one-year contract.

The board, Brigham wrote, was impressed with Collins’ “comprehensive knowledge of educational issues and passion for successful outcomes for all students.”

“The Board chose Collins following a thorough search process which included several interviews, site visits, and over 60 personal and professional reference checks across the state,” Brigham said. The Board was impressed by an overwhelmingly positive response from those referenced and believes that RNESU is gaining a strong, positive leader in Ms. Collins. We look forward to her contributions and leadership in advancing our innovative model of education.”

Rutland Northeast oversees two preschool programs, six elementary schools and a high school for the towns of Leicester, Whiting, Sudbury, Brandon, Goshen, Pittsford, Mendon and Chittenden.

Anne Galloway

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  • john lawrence

    Amazing. Maybe she agreed to work for free since she is getting two years severance pay from the generous people of Burlington. She needs to keep her name in the forefront in her goal to be appointed to something by the Shummy admin. and join the rest of the career pols.

  • Rodger Hoover

    John…. spend much time in reality lately?

    Collins had something called a contract with the school board that I believe had two years of employment left on it. The school board decided they wanted her gone but didn’t have the option of just throwing her out on the street, so the contract was modified with terms agreeable to both parties.

    Similar to your buying a car and deciding you don’t like it….. Does your bank say “faaagetteabout it” and let you walk away? Doubtful. You sell it, take a loss and move on to something you like more.

    I have no doubt that under specific direction from the board that Collins could have cleaned up the mess. I have no idea if the tax and budget situations were hidden from her, similar to the VA situation in DC, but…. I do know some financial folks went out the door pretty quickly when the light started to shine on the financial condition of the district.

    Bottom line is she “could possibly” have held the district to the terms of the contract and been paid fully for the entire contract amount.. No one will know what happened in the confidential negotiations the board had with her.

    One hopes everyone will grow from this experience. There is no real need to create a devil in the situation. We all have as much responsibility to keep an eye on government as a member of the board we elect.

    Been to a school board meeting recently? Good for you!!!

  • john lawrence

    Hey Rodger, You can’t possibly think that she did not make them live up to the contract. For crying out loud she was forced out and blamed for practically everything. And what, she was in a good mood and said “faaagetteaboutit”. Dream on.
    “One hopes everyone will grow from this experience”. More like “fleecing of the taxpayer. The only thing growing is our tax bill.

    does everyone will grow from this experience mean?

    • john lawrence

      Hey Rodger, You can’t possibly think that she did not make them live up to the contract. For crying out loud she was forced out and blamed for practically everything. And what, she was in a good mood and said “faaagetteaboutit”. Dream on.
      “One hopes everyone will grow from this experience”. More like “fleecing of the taxpayer. The only thing growing is our tax bill.

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