Village School names 3 new board members

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Village School of North Bennington recently announced three new members to their Board of Trustees.

Andrea Deihl, Jay Girvin, and Kate Lamson will be the newest members of the board, which has now seen its membership swell to 13 people, after beginning its existence as a three-member board. The school had previously said that they envision an eventual 15-person board.

The three new members will join chairwoman Meg Woolmington, Eva Sutton, Daren Houck, Brian McKenna, Jeb Gorham, Don McKenna, Jeanne McWaters, David Monks, Rachel Schumacher, and Peter Niles.

Deihl has lived in North Bennington and Shaftsbury District 1, which sends its students to North Bennington, for over 20 years, according to a press release from the school. She is a communications consultant, with an expertise in marketing and brand differentiation. She has also written videos for Moving2Mastery, a non-profit organization who describe themselves on their website as "veteran teachers committed to attracting, training, and retaining a new generation of promising young teachers." She is also the vice-chairwoman of the Governor's Institutes of Vermont, a program that creates accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for Vermont teenagers. She is also the Past President of the Park-McCullough House Association.

Girvin is the senior partner of the New York-based education law firm Girvin and Ferlazzo. He brings to the board experience in collective bargaining, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration, improper practice and unfair labor practice proceedings, as well as other labor relations maters, according to the release. He frequently speaks on labor and employment matters to groups such as the New York State Association of Towns, the New York State Personnel Association, and the Association of School Business Officials.

Lamson is a former member of the State's Attorney's office of Bennington, where she worked as a prosecutor. She is currently a staff attorney at the Public Defender's Office of Bennington. Lamson received her law degree from the Vermont Law School, and has lived in North Bennington with her husband and daughter for four years. She is described as having a "deep affection for the community."

In March, Sutton, who was at the time the co-chairperson of the board, along with Houck, said that the board was looking to add members with diverse areas of expertise. At the time she named business, fundraising, and marketing as three such areas. At the same time, Sutton said that any new board members would have to be "people who have a pretty deep commitment to education."

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