Jeanne Collins will be the new superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. The board of the union announced her hire on Thursday.
Collins will step down as superintendent of the Burlington city schools on June 30. Her departure follows revelations that the district has racked up millions of dollars in budget deficits over the last 10 years. The IRS is seeking $500,000 in missing payroll taxes and penalties, according to the Burlington Free Press.
Collins was named superintendent of the year by the Vermont Superintendents Association in 2011. She led the Burlington city schools for nine years and previously served as director of special education in Burlington and Washington West Supervisory Union for 11 years.
Carol Brigham, chair of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, said in a statement that Collins has been given a one-year contract.
The board, Brigham wrote, was impressed with Collins' "comprehensive knowledge of educational issues and passion for successful outcomes for all students."
"The Board chose Collins following a thorough search process which included several interviews, site visits, and over 60 personal and professional reference checks across the state," Brigham said. The Board was impressed by an overwhelmingly positive response from those referenced and believes that RNESU is gaining a strong, positive leader in Ms. Collins. We look forward to her contributions and leadership in advancing our innovative model of education.
Rutland Northeast oversees two preschool programs, six elementary schools and a high school for the towns of Leicester, Whiting, Sudbury, Brandon, Goshen, Pittsford, Mendon and Chittenden.