CDC partnerships with Northshire schools move forward


BENNINGTON >> At its first meeting since elections, the board of the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center on Monday elected officers, set a new time for meetings, and received several updates from Superintendent Michael Lawler.

Lawler said the center has received a green light from Burr and Burton Academy to run a pre-law course out of that school starting this fall. Between 13 and 14 students have currently expressed interest in that class, but Lawler said there are many scheduling difficulties to be overcome. "That sounds like an easy task, but I can assure you it's not," he said, "Our schedules are not in any way aligned. They start and end at very different times than we do, and the classes run at very different times."

He said he would be meeting with Burr and Burton administrators both this week and next to begin to iron out those differences.

Lawler said he has also been speaking with Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent Judy Pullinen about holding a forensics class at Arlington Memorial High School. "I think that, with our marketing outreach to Arlington and the Northshire, we have our foot in the door. I'm really happy that they're willing to have us come into their facilities to teach a CDC course, rather than just bringing all the kids here. It's a start. It's slow. I think it's going to work, but there are suddenly bugs to work out."

Lawler said there also is a good amount of interest in pre-law programs at Mount Anthony Union High School, but he said scheduling has just begun at MAU, students are still be interviewed, and he won't be able to give an update on that program until May.

At the annual reorganization following elections, Lawler welcomed new board members to the table. Jim Boutin was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the board. Ricky Harrington and Ed Letourneau were named vice-chair and clerk, respectively. Both of those elections were also unanimous.

Board members also decided to shift the time of their meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the request of new board member Ken Swierad. He also serves on the Bennington Planning Commission, and said the extra half hour would give him more time to get between meetings if the planning commission meetings were to go longer than expected.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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