Black River Independent School Committee
Date/Time: 03/14/2019 @ 6:30pm
Location: Black River High School Middle School Library
A. Roll Call-Kristen Garvey, Melissa Perrino,, Uli Donohue, Marissa Selleck, &
Joann Wilson via phone conference call.
B. Approval of Agenda: Additions & Deletions-John to add Grant Discussion to III.Business, B.Discussion as 4. Motion by MS, UD 2nd; Passed
II. Approval of Minutes
A. 03/07/2019-Reviewed section about sign: Discussion in regards to getting a
quote for a giant sign/banner. Will seek out contact with sign shop for quote as
well as Town official/electric company about hanging in at south end of town (by
Subway/Knight’s hot tub, where the “Zuccinni Fest” banner used to be displayed)
*Follow up with approx. dimensions for JW to reach out to sign shop
1. Marketing Contact via MP or UD-Follow up with sign shop contact; JW
will reach out in regards to possibly hiring her as our marketer as well (JB
requested to if she is PR or marketer or both; KG also has possible PR
contact, will follow up on)
*Follow Up-KG: Possible PR contact & banner dimensions for JW
JW-Reach out to sign shop contact
2. Lawyer Update via UD-Scheduled via email for a 9:30am phone
conference with the lawyer; UD, MS, & JW to attend (meet @ OMS); 2 key
concerns/questions to discuss are:
a) Clarification for 501(c)3 application upgrade for either BRISC or BRA
(& any possible recommendations for an accountant); and,
b) How much $ on the application does the state think is fiscally viable?
1. Rotary Luncheon Prep-BRISC members to attend are John Bannon,
Suzy Buckley, & Marissa Selleck. Some of the programs Rotary offers/
supports include scholarships & foreign exchange students.
Reviewed “Talking Points” document JW typed up-BRISC background,
who we are, what we’re working towards (goals), what we’ve
accomplished so far, current projects/progress (fundraising),
building/location concerns & hopes, collaborative efforts, & meetings/feedback.
2. Calendar of Events-Two events coming up as of right now, includes
High School Fair at BRHS on Thursday, May 2nd; and, Summer Meet &
Greet via Hostel &/or Stem’s.
Reach out to potential sub-committee members for organizing list; work
can be done remotely via online (strategy will still include plenty of 1:1
in person discussions for this outreach when the time comes). Also need
to determine how much to ask/request from middle tier (& top).
*MP to follow up with Christine Graham, fundraising consultant.
*MS to follow up w/ contacts in regards to participating in the
Sub-committee for Mid-Tier List of Contacts (after confirming, next
step is to create doc to share with group).
MP-Necessity to form a sub-committee for sports/athletics as well; huge
priority for the kids, key opportunity to get them more engaged/interested.
Another possibility is to look into creating a stipend to offer to a returning
college student over the summer to assist in organizational tasks.
*MS to follow up on an events calendar.
3. Mt. Holly Outreach-Still a primary goal to work together with the Mt.
Holly community and keep them engaged/informed. Reach out to other
contacts who are part of Mt. Holly community.
*MS to reach out to Mt. Holly contacts
4. Grant Possibilities: JB compiled a whole list of possible grants available
in the area (great resources!).
2 Big Benefits: Money/resource obviously, & Legitimacy (procur support
from viable contributors, ie: People’s United Bank, Heritage Bank,
Windham Foundation, etc.
IV. Public Comment-N/A
V. Executive Session: Review Board Structure-Postpone until further notice (also, review by-laws in the meantime in regards to utmost transparency & the capability to offer stipends).
VI. Suggested Items For Next Meeting
Lawyer Update, Rotary Luncheon Update, Calendar of Events Review, 501(c)3 Key Points, Sub-Committee List of Mid-Tier Fundraising Contact, Marketing Update
VII. Adjournment-Adjourned by JB @ 7:55pm