Black River Independent School Committee
Location: Black River High School Middle School Library
I. Call to Order-Called to order by John @ 6:39pm
MS/PP switched 1. Contact Updates to Select Board Sub-Committee & update (no current contacts update)
II. Approval of Minutes
1. Select Board Sub-Committee (Formerly Contacts on Agenda)-Sub committee of Select Board to review Town retaining BRHS building and field/back 40 acres will officially be formed at the Select Board’s May meeting. Select Board members will include Justin Hyjek and Heather Tucker; committee/community members who offered to join include Joann Wilson & Pat Pullinen.
*PP-To prepare we need to have work/figures to show sub-committee
1. School Fair Planning/Curriculum & Finalizing Flyer/Poster-JW drafted 2 page
(1 sheet back-front) informative handout; reviewed in meeting, discussed section
of “Tuttle” book tradition and how to address sports. Everything is possible,
Strongly relates to student’s interests & numbers (population).
PP-Suggested we provide a timeline visual aid: what we have accomplished and
what we will accomplish.
JW also created a display model implementing poster boards with charts of
various sports and extracurricular, students can mark areas of interest
Also came in from HT that we maybe offer a suggestion box; SB followed up
about also gathering contact data (names, addresses, numbers, grade/age, etc).
PP-Also suggested providing a powerpoint
JT-5th/6th graders would definitely want to know where/what the school will be;
as well as if we can reach out to the Mt. Holly 5th/6th graders via CH &/or any
events; definitely possible but few events left in the school year.
PP-Host our own forum and go the MHS students
CH-Yes, offer a family forum.
For sports, is it possible to join other teams/schools? PP’s suggestion is we
accommodate for the #’s as far as what is offered at BRA.
JW-Pix to provide with draft to send to marketing contact at Okemo Sign Shop;
provided via photos folder in Google Docs, thanks to Otis Nelson’s gracious
permission to utilize them; also, provide enough flyers to post around town in
local businesses (CH-get students involved; JB will reach out to National Honors
CH-Another suggestion to discuss/offer is Early Enrollment & College Satellite
programs (think Castleton & GMC; also, change language to read “personalized”
instead of “individualized” (which is a Special Education term), and include
language about how pertinent and momentous this is for the community.
*Follow Up-PP with Castleton Contact
*Follow Up-JW Ordering flyer/poster
*Follow Up-JB with National Honors Society
2. Revisit BRISC Timeline for BRA & Financials-Tabled Timeline, waiting for
other information from contacts/members; reviewed financials, model JB and
Toby Milne had drafted
PP-Suggested reaching out to students prior to the May 2nd School Fair to
garner even more engagement by including it in presentation, timing might be
difficult to coordinate; possibility of school day brief presentation (maybe at an
Advisory meeting or Student Council meeting).
Reviewed Budget, which is based off of the State average $15,808 for a school
of about 75 students; several key proponents to research, such as insurance, PE
& Sports, Transportation, Maintenance (Maint & Trans could be offers to Town
that we provide from there on out), and Special Education Funding; CH also
suggested examples of electric buses being utilized in other areas and
integrating these opportunities into the community as a whole.
*Follow Up-CH on Special Education funding
JB-Possibility of Scholarships also being available
3.Revisit Events Calendar-Duly noted by SB that starting April 23rd there is some
testing occurring (11th graders have SATs & middle schoolers have SBACs).
Student meeting prior to May 2nd School Fair too much to fit in; postponed.
Reviewed upcoming dates on Calendar, April=Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt by LES PTG & MHS PTSA groups w/ Ludlow Rec Apr 20th, Rotary Annual Penny Sale Apr 27th;
May=Little League Season Opening Parade May 4th, Ludlow Select Board Meeting May 6th, Rod and Gun Club Fishing Derby May 11th, MP’s Wine & Cheese Gathering May 15th, Black River Good Neighbor Service Annual Spring Rummage Sale May 17th-19th, MHS Concert May 30th;
June=Ludlow Select Board Meeting June 3rd, LES Play June 6th, BRHS Graduation June 15th, BRHS Alumni Weekend (PP has Alumni contact)June 14th-15th; and,
July=Select Board Meeting July 2nd, Meet & Greet July (TBD).
*Follow Up-PP with Alumni contact &
*CH Family Forum Presentation Date
PP-Share as much as possible as consistently as possible, garner & keep
momentum going (OVTV, VT Journal, Mt. Holly Chit Chat, etc).
*Follow Up-Press Release for May 2nd School Fair
4. Grant Applications-JB filled out 2 grant applications, one each for Heritage and
People’s Banks. Reviewed content, a few minor edits but otherwise on point; to
be submitted asap.
IV. Public Comment-CH shared Leaders of Their Own Learning by Ron Berger, a book guiding students to create their own learning paths/processes, a program Mt. Holly has integrated for the past several years; excellent resource.
V. Suggested Items for Next Meeting-
Sign-Up Sheet Schedule for May 2nd School Fair
Family Forum Date/Prep
Contacts Update (PP for Alumni; Castleton. CH for Special Education Funding. JB for students/councils).
JW Poster/Flyers order
Timeline for BRISC
VI. Adjournment-Adjourned by JB @ 8:23pm