NO. R-210. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION congratulating the individuals and organizations who developed housing alternatives for the students at the Community High School of Vermont in Windham County.

(H.C.R.129)

Offered by:  Representatives Milkey of Brattleboro, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Partridge of Windham, Bartlett of Dover, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Hube of Londonderry, Marek of Newfane, O’Donnell of Vernon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro and Rusten of Halifax.

Offered by:  Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, department of corrections field supervision unit‑supported housing ended in Windham County on September 30, 2002, including that for several young offenders attending the very successful Community High School of Vermont in Windham County, and

Whereas, supporting citizens and organizations recognized that education occurs best when basic human needs are met, including stable housing and nutritious meals, and

Whereas, many private citizens along with the Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing Coalition and the Together We Can Foundation responded with $26,000.00 in pledges within 24 hours for this critical emergency housing appeal, and

Whereas, under the auspices and nurture of the Alliance for Building Community, a number of private citizens formed a workgroup, called the “Community Board of Trustees,” to inform citizens of Windham County about the needs of these at-risk students, and

Whereas, this energetic and diverse board comprises board president, David Mulholland, Landmark College’s associate director of community and government relations; board vice president, Richard Diehl, a community correctional officer with the department of corrections; Weyman Crocker, board secretary, president of Middle House, Inc. and a retired research faculty member at MIT; board treasurer, Bill Huestis, general manager of Huestis Heating and Plumbing Division of Fleming Oil; Dr. Peter W. Denny, a Landmark College Trustee and professional artist; Dan Heller, Windham Southwest Supervisory Union Curriculum Coordinator; Emily North, adjunct instructor at Community High School of Vermont in Windham County; Esteban Olivares, residential dean, Landmark College; Bertie Sprague, retired educator; and Maureen Tadlock, resource coordinator of the children’s outpatient division at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services; and former board members Ed Cooney-Moore, correctional supervision specialist at the department of corrections; and Fred Gardy, former Bellows Falls police chief were also important participants in the process, and

Whereas, various community‑based service providers and educational institutions offered support services either at reduced or no cost, and

Whereas, the extraordinary community response enabled the school’s students, who were dependent on community housing, to continue their studies uninterrupted, including several class of 2003 graduates, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate the over‑175 individuals and organizations in Windham County who enabled the Community High School of Vermont students in Windham County to overcome an unforeseen housing crisis and continue their education, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David Mulholland in Westminster.