Thursday February 16, 2017
Steve Wisloski has announced he is running for the two-year term on the South Burlington School Board.
The candidate expressed his gratitude to departing School Board members Patrick Leduc and Julie Beatty for their years of service, and to the teachers, staff and administrators who, in his opinion, make South Burlington the best school district in Vermont. “My family’s experience with Chamberlin Elementary has been absolutely wonderful, and I could not be happier that my children will attend Tuttle and SBHS, too,” he said.
Wisloski currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for the Vermont State Colleges System (Castleton University, the Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and Vermont Technical College), where he oversees the System’s financial operations and reporting, facilities, human resources, cash and investments, and debt management. His duties include collective bargaining with the System’s five unions, as well as working with the System’s fifteen-member board of trustees to develop a $190 million annual budget and monitor financial results.
The candidate cited the State Colleges’ recent successful negotiations with three of its unions as one of his most rewarding experiences professionally. “Even though the specific details of negotiations can be challenging, at the end of the day you’re all part of the same team, working toward a shared objective,” he said.
Wisloski previously served for seven years with the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office, five of them as Deputy State Treasurer. In this capacity, he worked with the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) and the Attorney General’s Office to contract for retired teachers’ healthcare plans. He also worked with a team that included representatives of the Vermont NEA, Vermont School Boards Association, and Vermont Superintendents Association to create a dedicated funding source for retired teachers’ healthcare, and to strengthen the teachers’ pension plan.
“I hope to rely on my financial, state government, and relevant job-related experience to be as helpful as I can right away, while coming up to speed on K through 12 education policy and specific local concerns,” Wisloski said.
Wisloski moved to Vermont from southeastern Pennsylvania as a teenager, and graduated from Essex High School in 1989. He attended MIT on a ROTC scholarship, and served as an acquisitions program manager in the U.S. Air Force. He spent twelve years with Public Financial Management, Inc., a financial advisor to state and local governments, in the firm’s Harrisburg, Philadelphia and San Francisco offices.
Wisloski returned to Vermont in 2009 and settled in South Burlington with his family. His wife, Catherine, is a marketing analyst for Keurig Green Mountain in Waterbury, and serves as president of the Chamberlin PTO. They are the proud parents of two sons, a kindergartener and a first grader.