Women Working: The CVU Clerical Pool Prints Papers and Packets Perfectly

Mr. Isaac Cleveland

HINESBURG, VT – A “Women Working” sign hangs on a hidden office between the Freshman Core and Four Corners in Champlain Valley Union High School… an understatement in light of the effort needed to supply students and faculty with their much needed pamphlets, packets, and papers.

Diane Burgess and Alice Ranieri are the women in charge of the CVU Clerical Pool, supporting the backbone of the CVU system and providing all of the faculty with their class materials. The importance of their jobs is unknown to most of the students at CVU and most of the CVU community is oblivious to the issues that the Clerical Pool faces daily.

Shame by Hood.  Image by Diane Burgess.

Shame by Hood. Image by Diane Burgess.

The two women work non-stop Monday through Friday, fulfilling every paper demand of the 122 members of the CVU faculty. Teachers usually send requests to the clerical pool days before their classes to make sure that they get the papers they need for their classes. They reserve a special seat—the Chair of Shame—for the disobedient, forgetful teachers who need last minute print-jobs right before their first block classes.

According to Nick Clark, CVU IT Specialist, 440 cases of paper are bought at the beginning of every school year from W.B. Mason to supply CVU with the paper that it needs. At 5000 sheets per case, the school uses over 2 million sheets of paper in one academic year. Much of it is used by the Clerical Pool just to meet the needs of the faculty.

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