HUUSD Superintendent Talks Next Week

At the end of the 2021-2022 school year, Harwood Unified Union School District (HUUSD) Superintendent Brigid Nease will step down. His replacement will take office on July 1, 2022, in anticipation of the 2022-2023 school year. The HUUSD Board of Directors has engaged a national search firm McPherson & Jacobson to lead the search for the new superintendent.

After community meetings, surveys and a series of interviews, three top candidates were identified. They are Mike Leichliter, superintendent of Penn Manor School District, Pennsylvania; Zach McLaughlin, superintendent of the Springfield, Vermont school district; and Meagan Roy, Director of Student Support Services, Champlain Valley School District, Vermont.

Next week, candidates will visit each school and meet with principals from the six schools in the district and undergo 30-minute community interviews in addition to more in-depth conversations with the HUUSD Board of Directors in executive session.

The interviews are recorded on Monday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 1, and will air starting at 6 p.m. on Harwood Union’s YouTube channel on Tuesday. Community members will be able to weigh in on each nominee via a poll that will be available on until midnight on Wednesday February 2.

At its January 26 meeting, the HUUSD Board of Directors voted not to automatically mail ballots to all registered voters until the day of the March 1, 2022 town meeting. Mail-in ballots are available on request only by contacting the local town clerk.

At the meeting, council passed a budget of $42,655,858 to give notice of the day of the municipal meeting and allocated the surplus of $1,524,424 from last year to the maintenance reserve fund.

The Legislature allows districts to decide whether to continue offering hybrid school board meetings or return completely remotely again. The HUUSD Board of Directors has decided to continue offering both in-person meetings at Harwood Union High School and Zoom options. Several council members expressed a strong preference that council members attend in person, if possible, but that the public continue to have the option to participate via Zoom.

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