The district only has a three-and-a-half-year lease on its temporary downtown location — the former Macy’s department store turned high school.
The report shows the Burlington School District didn’t achieve many of its equity goals, but that outcome was expected and will be used to build solutions, officials say.
By this fall, only one officer will visit schools during scheduled events, such as trainings and active-shooter drills, and without weapons or uniforms.
The council also heard a proposal to up the school budget by $3.6 million as a result of Covid-19 pressures and the relocation of Burlington High School.
Before Dec. 10, there were no coronavirus cases in Burlington schools. Since Dec. 10, 20 positive cases have been identified.
After facing pressure from parents and students to return to in-person learning, school district officials are forging ahead on plans to find an alternative high school site.
School Superintendent Tom Flanagan said he hopes in-person learning at Edmunds will start Nov. 18, but is “working collaboratively with the (Burlington teachers union) to agree on the details of this short-term solution.”
At a press conference Wednesday, the Burlington School District and local colleges touted low Covid positivity rates as they reopened during the pandemic.
Just how the district will operate is coming into focus.
‘It’s a huge lift, we need everyone involved, but I do think we can do it,’ new Superintendent Tom Flanagan said to parents Wednesday evening.
Tom Flanagan says the district was considering an “A/B” schedule where students would be physically in classrooms half of the time.
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance and over 1,000 callers to recent municipal meetings have called for the city to remove police officers from schools.
The Burlington School Board is reconsidering its partnership with the Burlington Police Department amid calls from community members to remove police officers from schools.
Following a misleading communication from the school district, the Burlington mayor shifted his position after expressing support for the program and including it in his budget.