Committee

Nancy Blankenship, Lyndon Town District Representative

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Shannon Chapman, Concord District Representative

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Shannon Chapman is a 15 year resident of Concord, VT.  She has been chair of the Concord School Board for one year. She and her husband own New England Foam and Coating, Inc in St. Johnsbury.  She has 3 children, and currently her 2 youngest are students at St. Johnsbury Academy.

 

 

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Fran Cone, Lyndon District Representative

 

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Toni DeMasi, Burke District Representative

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Vicki Florence, Lyndon District Representative

Vicki FlorenceMy name is Vickie Florence.  I grew up in St. Johnsbury, VT .   I graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in Education and Liberal Arts.  I have lived in Lyndonville since 1993.  I have three children, who all have attended Lyndon Town School.  I am a Care Coordinator at Northeast Kingdom Human Services.  I have been on the LTS board since March of 2015; I am currently the vice chair. I have served on the LTS Parent Teacher Group for several years, including treasurer and president.  I believe that all children are unique and deserve an education that best meets their needs and abilities.

 

 

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Miranda Fox, Lyndon District Representative

 

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Celeste Marie Girrell, Sutton District Representative

Celeste.jpg Celeste Marie Girrell has raised her two daughters in Sutton and she owes the town and school a debt of gratitude for the support and encouragement she received.  Her passions include  reading, gardening and spending time with her four grandchildren. She retired as the Correctional Facilities Superintendent, in St. Johnsbury.  Celeste has served as Sutton’s School Board Member for the past 17 years and has also served as chair.  She serves as the Caledonia North Supervisory Union Chair, has been on on the Negotiations, Superintendent Screening and Act 46 committees.  She served as the CNSU Minutes Clerk in the early 2000’s.  Celeste believes education is the foundation of our participatory democracy and that our children deserve the best educational experience we can offer for their intellectual, civic, and personal development.

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Biff Mahoney, Millers Run District Representative

Biff.jpgBiff Mahoney has lived in Sheffield since 2009.  He is a retired newspaper editor and publisher and currently spends most of his time restoring his 1830s plank house.  Biff has been a school board member for Miller’s Run since 2014.  In addition to the Kingdom East committee he has served on the Caledonia North Executive Committee,  Act 46 Schools Consolidation Committee and is the current chairman of CNSU/CNEA Negotiations Committee.  Biff believes that every child deserves the best education possible.

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John Peters, Lyndon Town District Representative

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John Peters is originally from Tennessee and moved to Lyndonville 8 years ago from Littleton NH, where he had lived for 12 years.  He is retired from the navy, has a wife and three sons, the youngest of whom went to LTS as a 7th and 8th grader. John has worked in public schools for the past 18 years.  He began as a high school teacher in Whitefield NH then moved on to Network Administrator for the Morristown School District and LSSU then the Director of Technology for the Littleton School District.  For the past 5 years he has served as Director of Technology for North Country Supervisory Union. This is his first year on the Lyndon Town School Board.  I have worked in public schools for the past 18 years.  John believes the role of schools is to prepare students to be happy healthy productive citizens with the tools necessary to pursue their dreams and goals.

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Jim Peyton, Lunenburg District Representative

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Rachel Roy, Burke District Representative

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Rachel Roy grew up in Newark and  currently lives in Burke with her four children who have attended Burke Town School.  She currently works in the Orleans Central Supervisory Union superintendent’s office.  She has been a member of the Burke PTO for years including serving as the president.  She has also worked at the Burke Town School and in the after school program.  Rachel believes that we need to use our resources as best we can to ensure our children can succeed to the best of their abilities now and in the future.

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Cynthia Stuart, Concord District Representative

Cynthia.jpgCynthia L. Stuart  has served as deputy commissioner of the Banking Division of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation since 2015.  Prior to taking this role, Cynthia worked for 18 years in the banking industry, primarily with community banks. Cynthia joined the Concord School Board in 2016 to assist the school and district through the Act 46 merger process. Cynthia believes Vermont communities have a responsibility to provide quality and extensive educational opportunities for all children, at a reasonable and sustainable cost, for the future success of both individual students and the State of Vermont. Cynthia resides in Concord with her husband Bill and two sons Caleb and Evan.

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Kasey Talbot, Newark District Representative

Kasey.jpgKasey Talbot lives in Newark with her two children ages 3 and 12 both of whom attend or will attend Newark Street School. She is a stay at home mom and her husband works for Vermont Fish and Wildlife.  Together they raise/hunt/ buy local food, enjoy the outdoors, regularly attend church and share Christian, family, and conservative values. Kasey believes Newark Street School is a valued asset to our current supervisory union and/or any new district.  She believes that small schools provide an immense value in developing, encouraging and supporting children and their individual needs, desires and expectations for their learning and growth.

 

 

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Administrators and Committee Supporters

Jennifer Botzojorns, CNSU Superintendent

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Jennifer Botzojorns joined Caledonia North as superintendent in July of 2016.  She believes that education policy should keep children and learning at the center and that when planning governance changes, communities must meld the values of each community while using resources wisely and equitably. Her graduate degree research focused on democratic participation in school governance decision making.

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Michael Clark, ECSU Superintendent

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Michael Clark joined the Essex-Caledonia Supervisory Union in July of 2015.  He supports the values and beliefs each school and community have for teaching and learning. He believes schools should provide high quality and equitable educational experience for all students,  Michael is entering his second year as the ECSU Superintendent. Mike previously served as a principal and teacher.

 

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Tish Hankinson, CNSU Business Manager

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Tisha Hankinson joined Caledonia North as Business Manager in July, 2014.  Prior to joining CNSU, she worked in two other Vermont Supervisory Union Business Offices for a total of 20 years.  She attended Champlain College where her BA degree focus was in Finance and Human Resources.  She provides financial analysis to the committee to assist them in their decision making process.  She keeps apprised of policy and legislative changes and initiatives that affect SU financial decisions through her work with the Vermont Association of School Business Officials (VASBO).  She works closely with the SU Administrative Team as they develop long-term fiscal strategies for local and grant budgets that support the diverse needs of all CNSU students.  She lives in Newport, VT with her family.  She believes all students should have access to equitable educational opportunities.

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Steve Sanborn, Consultant

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Steven Sanborn. Steve serves as an educational consultant. He has worked on  governance studies in Vermont for Battenkill, Southwest Vermont, Bennington, Rutland, Franklin West, Orleans Southwest, and Lamoille North.  His home is in Maidstone Lake where he lives with his two daughters. Prior to consulting Steve served as a school superintendent.

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 Sabra Ann Snyder, Minutes Clerk

sabraSabra Ann Snyder Sabra is currently a Science Educator for the Lyndon Economic AmeriCorps Program. She teaches classes at the Fairbanks Museum and provides enrichments for after school programs in the NEK area. Sabra also annotates minutes for both the Essex Caledonia school boards and Caledonia North Supervisory Union Act 46 meetings.

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