Black River Independent School Committee
Date/Time: 02/28/2019 @ 6:30pm
Location: Black River High School Middle School Library
II. Approval of Minutes
A. 02/21/2019: Postponed; ½ the members are at the LMHUUSD Information
Meeting in Mt. Holly this evening.
1. New Marketing Consultant, via MP-Katie Hamlin, a marketing resource
through OMS, responded to Melissa’s email offering a position; Katie
Hamlin herself cannot accept due to already having a full schedule, but
can send us another reference through the Farmer’s Market.
*Will follow up on Farmer’s Market Contact
2. Fundraising Resource, via MP-Reached out to another resource/contact
for fundraising purposes (Lindsey Hartley), who would be happy to assist
us when time comes and can be in touch via email for any questions or
concerns in the meantime;
*Also a Weston contact; possibly doing a pop up at Floodbrook
Public Comment from Pat Pullinen (PP), 3 Key Q’s: Donation Letter
looked great but how was group selected?
MP: Limited amount of letters, selected most imminent/supportive
community members (first round)
Q: What happens to money…?
JB: The money helps with costs; we are also forming a sub-committee and
have utilized a fundraising consultant, which the money helps provide for.
Q: What about reaching alumni? Visuals to help catch their attention?
MS: Yes, that is another category we discussed w/ the fundraiser
JB: And we are planning on building a thermometer to track progress for
community to watch; & upgrading our 501(c)3 status
MP: There is also a list on our webpage but it is not as visible;
*Follow up on making list more visible/accessible
PP: Can provide us with contact information of BRHS Alumni Assoc,
excellent resource to collaborate with.
*Suggestion of conducting a telethon; to follow up on!
1. OVTV Interview-2:30/2:45pm tomorrow afternoon; JB, MP, & MS to
attend; interview will be both updates of current status as well as
discussion amongst ourselves of the purpose/efforts. Main update is
that our Capital Campaign has begun and it will be a continuous effort.
PP: Offered that public is looking for information about BRA: mission,
JB: Reiterated that we can be individualized based (that we can cater to
students’ strengths), we’ll have more money & resources to do so, and
that we’ll still have the leverage to motivate students to TRY
2. Communicating/Collaborating with Other Schools-Emphasis on we
are still building a school for our community;
Possible communications/collaborations include Long Trail School (may
invite for fair; potential to tour the school to see student body and how it
could serve our population; striving for 40 students to send bus for);
OMS other possibility
*Follow up on scheduling a meeting w/ the OMS Board
3. Town Meeting Presence-Sharing current update/status; requesting
more ideas/input/feedback from the community; provide swag
IV. Public Comment-See above, feedback/discussion with Pat Pullinen
V. Suggested Items for Next Meeting
Interview/Town Meeting Update
Executive Order-Review Board Structure
501(c)3 Upgrade Application
Follow Up w/ Katie Hamlin for Marketing Contact (via MP)
VI. Adjournment-Adjourned @ 7:20pm by JB