Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (OSSU) is the educational support, planning, and administrative unit serving eight school districts in six Vermont towns: Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, Stannard, Wolcott, and Vermont.
Under Vermont Statute, supervisory unions are required to complete certain activities. In accordance with the law, OSSU provides special education coordination and oversight, student assessment coordination, curriculum coordination, professional development coordination, human resources, budget development, finance, food service, transportation, accounting services, internet technology management, data system management, and school board support. The staff who complete these functions under the direction of the superintendent work out of the OSSU Central Office.
The supervisory union is governed by the supervisory union board, which is comprised of school board members from each member district in the union. In addition, each member school district has its own school board.
Learn more about our current goals set by the Superintendent.
The geographic location of the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (OSSU) is often referred to as the Gateway to the Northeast Kingdom. We are located 20 miles from St. Johnsbury, 30 miles from Montpelier (Vermont’s capital) and 60 miles from Burlington (Vermont’s largest city).
OSSU boundaries include six towns in four counties: Craftsbury and Greensboro in Orleans County, Hardwick and Stannard in Caledonia County, Wolcott in Lamoille County and Woodbury in Washington County. The total population within our 6 towns is approximately 7,700 residents.
We are proud of our students and staff who recognize the value of small schools and the interdependence that is fostered when school boards and communities work together together to offer the best education possible for our students.
Vision & Direction
Empowering students with the knowledge, skills and disposition to be college and career ready and become successful, responsible and contributing members of society -- locally and globally.
OSSU Framework for Continuous Growth
With the current strategic plan expiring on June 30, 2017, a new plan has been created. This new plan, titled Framework for Continuous Growth, is currently in draft form. This plan outlines the goals of the Supervisory Union and its member districts for the next five years and incorporates many aspects of Act 77 (personalized learning plans, proficiency based learning, flexible pathways, place based learning) and Act 46 (expanding learning opportunities for all students, meeting education quality standards and governance).
Our framework is also aligned with the Vermont Education Quality Standards.
Our Four Primary Strategic Goals
- Prepare our students to be college and career ready by raising the academic and social emotional learning bar and closing the Pre-K-12 gaps to student achievement.
- Engage stakeholders (parents, students, staff, and community) in two-way communication focused on equity and excellence.
- Create effective organizational systems that reinforce equity and excellence.
- Recruit, hire, develop, and retain a diverse and premier workforce.
You will note that some of the targets are blank. Over the course of the next few months, we will be determining the percentages we wish to achieve by 2022.
School board members have received a copy of the draft, and we welcome input about the draft from the community. For more information, or to share your thoughts on the document, please contact the Superintendent of Schools, Joanne LeBlanc.