Over 200 attend South Burlington Community Meeting

COPE wishes to thank community members and volunteers for a successful community meeting held in south Burlington on March 31st. Over two hundred people attended the event at Tuttle Middle School to discuss the future planning of the city and school. Using COPE's The Big Deal, community members discussed in small groups city and school priorities, school concepts, and potential school building repurposing options.

We would like to thank our Graphic Facilitator and COPE Associate, Beth Damon and our many The Big Deal™ faciltitators: student volunteers from the University of Vermont -School of Business Administration, COPE alumni, Task Force members, and School administrators. 

A few comments from the night:

 “It was a success by any measure,” said David Young, Superintendent of Schools, co-organizer of the initiative along with City Manager, Kevin Dorn. “We were really pleased with the turnout and the depth of discussion and creativity that occurred at the individual tables.”

The process was amazing,” said Art Klugo, Task Force Chair. “Having not been through The Big Deal before, I was interested to see how the discussions would play out. The tables seemed to be engaged, discussions diverse, and apparently the options were flowing.”

"Paula, I want to thank you and your colleagues for the outstanding organization of last night's meeting. It was so refreshing to watch true professionals at work, " said Chuck Hafter, Task Force member and former City Manager.

For more additional information about the night check out The Other Paper's article.

Stay tuned for the next phase of the project: a community survey. 

(photos by Cindy Humiston Weed, WEED PR)