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Press Release: RVUSD School Board Survey Results on Wardsboro School Focus from November 2018
WARDSBORO-DOVER—This week, WCSU Superintendent Bill Anton shared the results of the online survey conducted during the month of November about a possible focus for the future curriculum of at the Wardsboro Elementary School by the River Valleys Unified School District (RVUSD). The intent of the survey was to gauge interest in creating a focus of studies for Wardsboro’s students that would distinguish the school in the same way that the International Baccalaureate program currently distinguishes the Dover School.
The results pointed to a clear preference for one focus over all the others, which gives the RVUSD school board a strong indication that if they were to choose to redirect the focus of the Wardsboro school’s course of studies at some point in the future, there would be strong public support.
There were 69 respondents representing 29 parents of a Wardsboro student; 10 parents of a Dover student; 23 Wardsboro community members; and 7 Dover community members.
Respondents were asked to rank, in order of preference, 1 through 6, the following choices. These are the data points that the survey revealed; 38 ranked a STEM/STEAM curriculum as their first priority; 15 ranked Nature/Environmental based learning as their first choice; 14 ranked their first preference as International Baccalaureate, 10 ranked Project Based Learning as their first choice, 8 ranked Early Learning as their highest preference; and 3 respondents chose Sustainability Studies as their first preference.
The information above was discussed in open public meetings at the two schools on Dec. 11th and 12th, however, anyone wishing to comment further is invited to do so by the RVUSD Board. It is valuable feedback for the members for any possible future decision making on the Wardsboro Elementary School’s curriculum. To ask questions and send comments, contact an RVUSD board member, attend a regular board meeting, or go to www.rvusd.net and click on the button “Ask a Question.” The data is also published in more detail on the website. The RVUSD board members are: from Dover—Rich Werner, chair; Laura Sibilia; and Kerry Cady. From Wardsboro—Rick Thorpe, vice-chair; Dwight Boerem; and Barry Pearson. The open public board meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Wardsboro Elementary School at 7 p.m., and the third Mondays of the month at the Dover School at 7 p.m.