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On Tuesday, May 22, candidate(s) to be the new superintendent of the Addison Northwest School District will be visiting the schools.  Members of the community will have the opportunity to speak to the candidate(s), and provide feedback to the Board.  Please come to the Vergennes Union High School from 3:30-5 on May 22 in order to have the chance to meet and ask questions of the candidates. 
If you have any questions, please feel to email Tom Borchert (Waltham Representative and Chair of the Superintendent Screening Committee) at tborchert@anwsd.org.


Our District has historically voted by Australian ballot to decide on school budgets and school board director assignments. Australian ballot refers to the preprinted official ballots distributed only at polling places and marked in secret.

We recently learned that the term “public question” can be interpreted more broadly, and therefore, we need to open the polls and use Australian ballot to decide upon topics that were previously determined by voice vote from the floor of the District Annual Meeting held on February 26, 2018. Current topics include the exchange of land parcels (“land swap”) between the town of Addison and ANWSD, salaries/stipends for school board members and elected officials (treasurer, clerk), distribution of the annual report in electronic format, and authorization to apply for a line of credit.

An Informational Meeting will be held on May 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm at FERRISBURGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and the vote on the above-named topics will take place at polling places in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham on May 22, 2018. We encourage all eligible voters to participate on May 22 or by absentee ballot. Thank you for your support!

Click here to read the official Warning.

Dear ANWSD Community,

It is
with mixed emotions that I notify you of my intention not to return to serve in my capacity as the Superintendent of Schools in the ANWSD for the 2018-19 school year. I have been offered an opportunity to move overseas and work in an American school. This has been a life long dream of my mine and an opportunity that I cannot over look. The Universal American School in Kuwait has been in existence for over 40 years and I will be the first female Superintendent of Schools to serve that community.

I have truly been honored to serve the students, staff and communities in the ANWSD over the past 4 years. We have come a long way over this period and I wish you all the best as you continue to tackle the myriad of challenges that will come your way. I want you to know that I will always remember our remarkable students and will remember the incredible supportive parent community. I wish you all the best and will also be looking for ways in which my new student body can connect with our incredible students in ANWSD.

Thank you for your partnership, support and commitment to our schools. I will miss you all!


JoAn Canning

Addison Northwest SD Superintendent Search Outline of Process
  • Position posted and screening committee selected.
Screening Committee Members: Tom Borchert, Finn Yarbrough, Elizabeth Atkins, Matt DeBlois, Ken Sullivan, Amanda Bodell, Tania Bolduc, Caetlin Harwood, Loretta Lawrence, Sharon Mallory, Rose Wenzel, Heather Racine

  • Screening committee meets to discuss process.
  • Screening committee members gather criteria input from their represented group (teachers, support staff, community, board, administrators, central office staff).
  • Screening committee meets to discuss input received and compose interview questions.
  • Screening committee meets to finalize interview questions. 
  • Screening committee members review candidate information. 
  • Screening committee meets to select candidates to interview.
  • Reference checks performed.
  • Screening committee interviews candidates and selects finalists. 
  • Visitation day: Finalists visit all schools within ANWSD and meet with teachers, support staff, central office staff, administrators, parents, & community members. Everyone who participates will have an opportunity to give feedback. 
  • Full board reviews feedback from everyone who participates during the visitation day. 
  • Full board interviews finalists. 
  • Full board makes final hiring decision.

Susan O'Daniel, VUHS and Amy Foley, VUES
Celebration at the UVM Outstanding Teacher of the Year ceremony
Matt DeBlois, VUES Principal; JoAn Canning, Superintendent; Stephanie Taylor, VUHS Principal;
Susan O'Daniel, VUHS Teacher of the Year; Amy Foley, VUES Teacher of the Year; and Susan Rakowski, ANWSD Board Chair

Watch the Organizational Meeting of the new Addison Northwest School District here!