Thursday March 08, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions had little to do with the new partnership that was created between South Burlington School principals, central office administrators, and the senior management team at Vermont Gas. A key component of David Young’s focus as the new District superintendent is to strengthen relationships between business and school leaders. Vermont Gas was the first stop on a six business tour to be undertaken this school year.
During the joint meeting, the CEOs of both organizations shared strategic visions and then led formal networking activities with mixed colleague groups. Despite disparate missions, school and business leaders realized how similar their work really is within the two organizations.
The purpose for creating business linkages is driven by the four “ends” (expected student outcomes) that the School Board developed a few years ago while implementing the new Policy Governance system. The ends focus educators’ work on achieving student proficiency in four key areas that include: Academic Proficiency, Personal Development, Disposition for Learning, and Citizenship.
South Burlington administrators will collaborate with other business executives as they continue to form these new partnerships.