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(J.R.H. 115)

Offered by: Representatives Heath of Westford, Alfano of Calais, Allard of St. Albans Town, Anderson of Woodstock, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barbieri of Wallingford, Barney of Highgate, Blanchard of Essex, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Bouricius of Burlington, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Buckland of Newport Town, Carmolli of Rutland City, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Corren of Burlington, Costello of Brattleboro, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Deuel of West Rutland, Dominick of Starksboro, Doyle of Richmond, Dunne of Hartland, Edwards of Swanton, Emmons of Springfield, Flaherty of South Burlington, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Fox of Essex, Freed of Dorset, Fyfe of Newport City, Gervais of Enosburg, Ginevan of Middlebury, Gray of Barre Town, Gretkowski of Burlington, Hathaway of Barton, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hoag of Woodford, Holmes of Bethel, Houston of Ferrisburg, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Hyde of Fayston, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kehler of Pomfret, Kinsey of Craftsbury, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Koch of Barre Town, Krasnow of Charlotte, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kreitzer of Rutland City, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Lafayette of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Lehman of Hartford, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Mallary of Brookfield, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, Mazzariello of Rutland City, McGrath of Ferrisburg, McNamara of Burlington, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Milne of Washington, Molloy of Arlington, Moore of Rutland City, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Neiman of Georgia, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Osman of Plainfield, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Parizo of Essex, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Perry of Richford, Poirier of Barre City, Postman of Brownington, Pugh of South Burlington, Richardson of Weathersfield, Rivero of Milton, Robb of Swanton, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Sherman of St. Johnsbury, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Sudbury, Starr of Troy, Steele of Waterbury, Stevens of Newbury, Suchmann of Chester, Sullivan of Burlington, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valsangiacomo of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Weiss of Northfield, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Williamstown, Wisell of Bristol, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, Commissioner Hull's success is the result of a career that has touched on every aspect of the classroom experience, and

Whereas, after graduating from the University of Vermont in 1964, he spent three years as an official with the Boy Scouts of America before embarking on his life's work as a professional educator following his mother's career path, and

Whereas, Marc E. Hull chose as his first teaching assignment a challenging position in the St. Johnsbury School District, instructing children with special needs while simultaneously earning a master's degree at the University of Vermont, and

Whereas, he subsequently matriculated at Texas A & M University where he earned a doctoral degree and served as an associate professor in the College of Education, and

Whereas, in 1978, yearning to return home to the green pastures of Vermont, the future commissioner began his apprenticeship as the Assistant Director and, subsequently, Chief of Special Education and then Director of Instructional Support Services at the Department of Education, and

Whereas, in 1992, in recognition of his superb administrative expertise and very special leadership talents, Marc E. Hull was designated Superintendent of the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union, and

Whereas, following a long and arduous search in 1996, the state board of education unanimously appointed Marc E. Hull as Vermont's Commissioner of Education, and

Whereas, Marc E. Hull's highly praised tenure as Commissioner of Education has coincided with the implementation of sweeping revisions in Vermont's system of financing public education and the establishment of a new method of assessing student performance, and

Whereas, as these changes evolved, the commissioner tenaciously traveled around the state, attending numerous community meetings at which he often remained late into the evening, conversing with Vermonters who were concerned about the future course of educational policies, and

Whereas, during Vermont's many months of preparing, implementing and modifying the Equal Educational Opportunity Act, when most conversations in the State House and throughout Vermont centered around taxes and funding formulas, Commissioner Hull eloquently focused attention on the needs of Vermont's school children, and

Whereas, throughout his distinguished career, Commissioner Hull has written many academic articles and books in the educational field, particularly with respect to special education, and

Whereas, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades from educators, parents and the community at large, and

Whereas, the members of this legislature were saddened to learn that Commissioner Hull has decided for personal reasons to resign from his post, and

Whereas, the respect and admiration that Commissioner Hull has won in the educational community from parents, teachers, administrators and school board officials were best described by State Board of Education Chair Diane Wolk, who responded to the commissioner's resignation announcement by telling him that he "not only set a tone for what education should be, but also for how we should treat each other - with dignity," now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly expresses its sincere appreciation to Commissioner of Education Marc E. Hull for his exemplary contribution to public education and wishes him and his family the very best in the years ahead, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner of Education Marc E. Hull.