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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R.  162

House concurrent resolution commemorating the proud history of the Catamount Elementary School in Bennington

Offered by:  Representative Morrissey of Bennington

Whereas, the Catamount School in Bennington takes great pride in its motto “a place where everyone belongs” which makes every student feel he or she is truly a part of the school community, and

Whereas, the campus that encompasses the Catamount Elementary School is rich in local educational history, and

Whereas, the older wing of the school was constructed in 1900 as the home of St. Francis de Sales Academy and served as that school’s home until it closed in June 1970, and

Whereas, beginning in September 1970, the Brookside School, a Bennington public school, occupied the 1900 structure for three years until merging with the adjacent Catamount School, in 1973, and

Whereas, the Catamount School’s more-recently-built section opened in 1956 as Bennington Catholic High School, and it continued in that role until the Mount Anthony Union High School began renting the building in September 1967 after Bennington Catholic High School’s closure the prior June, and

Whereas, Mount Anthony Union High School relinquished the site in September 1968 when the Catamount Elementary School, a unit of the Bennington public schools, became the new occupant, and

Whereas, the two buildings were connected physically at the time these two Bennington public schools merged in 1973, and

Whereas, during the past 34 years, the Catamount Elementary School has offered a number of unusual academic services and programs, and

Whereas, for 15 years, the Catamount Elementary School has housed an intensive special education curriculum known as the Life Skills Program or IDEALS, and

Whereas, since August 2000, the school has offered educational services for the deaf, making it only the second Vermont school to host a program designed for deaf students and the first elementary school in the state to offer sign language as an extracurricular activity, and

Whereas, the Catamount Elementary School was honored as the recipient of a prestigious Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts for the 2000–2001 school year, and 23 of the school’s 6th graders journeyed to our nation’s capital to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and

Whereas, the proud history of the Catamount School will conclude its current chapter this June with the closure of its doors, and

Whereas, the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of the Catamount Elementary School successfully met many challenges during the school’s final academic year, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commemorates the proud history of the Catamount Elementary School in Bennington and extends best wishes to all those individuals associated with this outstanding public elementary school, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Mackenzie King, principal of the Catamount Elementary School in Bennington.


              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                                Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                                                Clerk, House of Representatives         



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont