VISA update: Governor signs universal school meals bill and mascots bill

Editor’s note: This is the June 6, 2022, update by the Vermont Independent Schools Association.

Governor Scott has signed S.100, a bill creating a one-year pilot universal school meals program. The program funds meals for public school students and for publicly-funded students attending approved independent schools.

An independent school is eligible to participate “if it operates a food program that makes available a school lunch, as provided in the National School Lunch Act as amended, and a school breakfast, as provided in the National Child Nutrition Act as amended, to each attending student who qualifies for those meals under these Acts every school day.”

The universal meals program was established as a pilot to provide cost and participation to the legislature so it can consider establishing a permanent program.

Scott also signed S.139 which requires the Agency of Education to create a “nondiscriminatory school branding policy.” That policy will prohibit schools from having mascots or other identifying materials based on “the race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity of any person or group of persons,” or any person or group “associated with the repression of others.”

PCB School Sampling Update

Work to sample indoor air for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at schools has officially started. The first round of schools will have work completed by the end of June. Sampling schedules, consultant con-tact information and letters a school can use to notify its community that sampling will begin and other relevant information is located on the Dept. of Environmental Conservation website. Email with any questions or concerns.

Burlington Diocese Names New Schools Superintendent

David Young of South Burlington has been named the new superintendent of Catholic schools. The appointment was announced by Bishop Christopher Coyne.

Young began his teaching and administrative career in Fairfax before serving as the principal of the Georgia Elementary School for 10 years. He has spent the last 17 years with the South Burlington School District. He started at South Burlington as the assistant superintendent and has served as the superintendent for the last 11 years.

Young received a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University and served in the United States Army as an officer before returning to Norwich for a master’s in education administration.

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