Focus Topic:  RNESU School Safety Planning
Watch this Spotlight on RNESU episode on PEG TV to learn about school safety planning in RNESU.  Guests Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell, Lothrop Principal Debbie Alexander and RNESU Superintendent Jeanne Collins join OVUU Board Member Barry Varian to share both planning and responses and the role of parents in school safety incidents.  Comments or suggestions?  Please use the Let's Talk button on any of our school websites to let us know what you think.

Planning Task Force Hosted Community Input Working Group

The OVUU Board appointed Planning Task Force (Task Force) hosted a very engaged Community Input Working Group on Monday, April 29th. The goal of the meeting was to receive community input on initial plan elements that outline proactive solutions for the district focused on the next 2-5-10 years to account for a series of triggers that may impact change (declining enrollment, legislation, facilities maintenance, etc.). The initial plan was developed over 15 months, 25 meetings, thorough review of 92 pages of district data and ongoing community input.

Why Did the OVUU Planning Task Force Host a Working Group?

The goal of the Working Group was to understand what community concerns and feedback will look like based on a proposed plan timeline prior to presenting a more finalized plan recommendation to the full OVUU Board. The Task Force was also looking for any insights or ideas that perhaps were overlooked or did not surface at the Task Force level. 

CLICK HERE to read more about what came out of the working group and what's next.  

RNESU Seeking Childcare Partners  The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNESU) is looking to partner with two childcare providers or 2 individuals interested in opening a childcare center at Barstow Memorial School and Lothrop Elementary School. Partners will provide independent childcare, in our buildings, scheduled around our preschool programs.

RNESU is interested in a partnership relationship. The partner would be responsible for licensing their program in our space, setting their fee structure for parents, writing their student handbooks, policies and procedures, hiring staff, and providing for program costs such as but not limited to business insurance, supplies, food for program meals and snacks, cleaning program space, etc.  The school would provide space, heat, electric, phone, internet and the market of interested families.

RNESU has surveyed parents and found 10-14 families interested in childcare services wrapped around our preschool programs.  

The tentative childcare program schedules, subject to negotiations, would be as follows:
Barstow:  M/T/W/TH/F 7:50 - 5:00 or 5:30 (dedicated space)

Lothrop:  M/W/F 11:00 - 5:00 or 5:30 (shared space with Preschool), T/TH 7:50 - 5:00 or 5:30pm (shared space full day child care)

Interested parties should submit letter of interest, resumes and/or business plans/documents to Brenda Fleming, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, 49 Court Drive, Brandon, VT  05733 or bfleming@rnesu.org by 4:00 p.m.  Wednesday, May 1, 2019. 
Article from
The Reporter:

Myth at Neshobe  School belies it's  cramped spaces, security issues
The after school SOAR program is wedged into a cramped storage area that it shares with a teacher who helps students with one-on-one math concepts. 

Read the full article here.
 PREK REGIONAL BOUNDARY REVIEW RNESU offers universal PreK for three and four year olds in our towns and PreK choice throughout the district allowing families to access any qualified and approved program within RNESU. We do not have an economic hub and with our programs and the public partnerships we have in Whiting and Brandon, we believe our geographic areas both coming in and going out of our SU provides a continuum of services that meets the PreK needs of our students and families.  

Since establishing our PreK Region and Partnership in 2016, we serviced 123 students in year one and currently have 162 students, for an average of 152 students and have had seven families in 2016-2017, two families in 2017-2018 and currently zero families request an exception to our region.  The single reason all families requested this exception was to meet their family needs for full day child care programming. To address this, we have added a partnership with a private child care provider in one north end program and are considering the same in the south end of our district.

The RNESU school board will discuss continuing the region at their meeting on March 27, 2019 (6:00 PM at RNESU Central Office), followed by the OVUU and BUU boards in April. The RNESU school board will act on this recommendation at their April meeting.  Public input is welcomed and can be provided in person at the Board meetings or through the use of Let’s Talk, by clicking on Let’s Talk on the RNESU or school websites and selecting RNESU Early Education. 
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letter to families in response to the averted threat in Middlebury this past weekend.

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