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NO. R-218.  House concurrent resolution honoring retiring Camels Hump Middle School principal Robert J. Goudreau.


Offered by:  Representatives Barnard of Richmond, Dostis of Waterbury, Frank of Underhill, Minter of Waterbury and Symington of Jericho.

Whereas, Robert “Bob” J. Goudreau has served as Camels Hump Middle School’s highly touted principal for 27 years, and

Whereas, he was born in Stansted, Quebec, immigrated to Vermont at age seven, speaking only French, and gained English fluency in short order, and

Whereas, upon graduating from Lyndon State College in 1967, Bob Goudreau accepted employment in the Chittenden East Supervisory Union #12 where he has remained for the last 38 years, and

Whereas, a 7th and 8th grade social studies position at Mount Mansfield Union High School served as his initial teaching experience, and

Whereas, after a relatively brief stay, he reported for duty as a U.S. Army draftee, and after his honorable discharge, he returned to the Chittenden East Supervisor Union #12, this time as the teacher-principal at the Richmond Elementary School, and

Whereas, in 1978, the opportunity to return to the middle school level availed itself, and he was appointed the principal at Camels Hump Middle School (CHMS), and

Whereas, under Bob Goudreau’s insightful leadership, CHMS has become a model for other middle schools in Vermont and northern New England, and

Whereas, during the 1988-1989 academic year, the U.S. Department of Education (D.O.E.) designated CHMS a Blue Ribbon School, and

Whereas, in the early 1990s, CHMS collaborated with the D.O.E.’s regional laboratory in Andover, Massachusetts on a teacher mentoring program, and

Whereas, more recently, the state departments of education and health have recognized the Healthy Kids’ Program as implemented at CHMS as having model practices in place, and

Whereas, Bob Goudreau has not limited his presence in Richmond to school administrative duties, and he has served as a leader in community youth programs, and

Whereas, Bob Goudreau is concluding his illustrious career as the CHMS principal, and his legacy as a public education leader will long endure, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the 27-year career of Robert J. Goudreau as principal of Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Robert J. Goudreau at Camels Hump Middle School.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont