Black River Independent School Committee
Date/Time: 03/07/2019 @ 6:30pm
Location: Black River High School Middle School Library
II. Approval of Minutes
A. 02/21/2019-Reviewed aloud by MS; Motion by SB, 2nd by JW; Passed
B. 02/28/2019-Motion by JB, 2nd by MP; Passed
1. Fundraiser Contact via MP: Reached out, waiting for response; UD can
follow up as well. MP will also look into designing a (giant) sign.
Possible sub-committee: KG, Pat Pullinen, Jerry Tucker, Suzanne Garvey,
& Karen Surma;
MS: Email is drafted, add topic of creating list to items for subj-committee
to attend to (group separate emails for sub-committee only)
MP: Especially after discussion with Pat Pullinen, start planning a sub-
committee for athletics (reach out to Pat P, Joe Gurdak, Howie Paul);
JB: Suggestion to request adding above-mentioned as associates, UD can
add members to website, maybe create separate links so as not to over-
design main page of BRA website.
*To follow up on to form sub-committee
2. Interviews/Town Meeting-OVTV interview is now available; was just a
short update/discussion between MP, MS, SB, & JB.
Town Meeting-Attended by MP, JB, & MS; presented update at the end;
JB: Building update-Fire Marshall did review building, his finding is that as
long as the configuration of the building is not changed/altered upgrades
are not required; also, Mike Tuomisto (BRHS Maintenance) says the
building structurally is in good shape (roof, foundation, etc); monetary
figures to be drafted/shared.
3. Event Planning via MP/MS-Suggestions from Homestyle Hostel is
to hold a similar but bigger event than what we’ve discussed in the warmer
season @ Plymouth State Park, right on the water (huge draw!)
*Follow Up with filling in event calendar: Rotary, BRHSMS School
Fair, Floodbrook Fair, etc.
1. Facebook Donation Link Option: Several experts have suggested to
utilize this resource; upon further research it is also a free app for
non-profits & fairly easy to set up; also, look into using the Boosts app
*Follow up w/ potential marketing advisor as an option
2. 501(c)3 Application Upgrade-UD has been plugging away at it; lots of
details to clarify.
*Follow up w/ lawyer’s advice
3. BRA Mission/Vision Review-JW will draft talking points; print out
Mission/Vision to compare with side by side w/ talking points for next
IV. Public Comment-Karen Surma can assist with spreadsheet lists
V. Executive Session: Review Board Structure-Postponed
VI. Suggested Items for Next Meeting
Mt. Holly Outreach
Calendar of Events
VII. Adjournment-Adjourned by JB @ 8:01pm