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Waitsfield, VT 05673

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Thank you, Waitsfield community

I want to thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve on the Waitsfield Board of School Directors for the past 11-plus years. I have learned much and met many high-quality caring people along the way. On balance, it's been a great experience, and truly a privilege to work collaboratively with fellow board members, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, citizens and kids. May we forever keep our eyes on the prize -- the common goal of providing the best possible public education to all of our children.

My term ends in March, and I had already decided not to run again. But a subsequent decision to move to Fayston in November to pursue new opportunities at the Green Mountain Valley School has changed my plans. Vermont law requires publicly elected officials to reside in the town they represent, so I have to leave the board sooner than I expected and, in fact, sooner than I wanted.

Waitsfield Elementary is a fantastic school by any standards. We are very lucky to be able to offer our kids the kind of education and nurturing they receive as a result of the positive school/home/community connection that exists here. There will continue to be challenges ahead, particularly around school funding. But Waitsfield is well-positioned to deal effectively with this and other issues. We have two great new administrators in our superintendent and principal, we have a phenomenal faculty and staff, we have an informed and dedicated board and, though we may not always agree, we have a community of caring adults who truly have our kids' best interest at heart.

I will officially step down at the next meeting, November 9. In accordance with state statute and advice from the Vermont School Boards Association, Superintendent Scheffert, Principal Korb, and the rest of the board have already outlined a process to fill my vacant seat on the board. They will solicit and review letters of interest, invite and conduct interviews, and the four-member board will appoint a replacement to serve until the election in March. If you are interested, or for more detailed information, please contact Principal Korb at school.

While I look forward to what lies ahead, it is a bittersweet farewell I offer to our school community. Thank you for letting me serve.

Missy Siner Shea


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