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June 24th - August 16th


Focus Topic:  RNESU Summer Learning
Watch this Spotlight on RNESU episode on PEG TV to meeting Nancy Bird, Neshobe School SOAR Program Director and Bill Moore, Brandon Town Rec Direction and learn more about the all day summer programs offered through RNESU.  Comments or suggestions?  Please use the Let's Talk button on any of our school websites to let us know what you think.

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Planning Task Force

Presents Recommendation Plan for District Future

The Otter Valley Unified Union (OVUU) Planning Task Force presented a recommended path forward to the OVUU board last night during a public meeting. The recommendations included immediate action items and is essentially a road map for future district planning. The plan and action items presented were developed over a year and a half of work that included a deep dive into district data, identifying and discussing triggers for change and soliciting community input in a variety of formats (survey, focus group, working group).

“I couldn’t be more proud of our very dedicated Planning Task Force, which consisted of both community members and OVUU Board Members working together to see this project through to the end,” said Jeanne Collins, Superintendent of RNESU. “The Planning Task Force was formed by the OVUU Board to develop a plan that will help drive our district forward, yet one that is flexible enough to navigate changes our district will likely face – such as the declining population in Vermont.”

The Planning Task Force presented the following action items to the OVUU Board. 

Click here to read the full press release.
Summer Bucket List for Kids

 Schools out.... but the learning continues.  Summer is a great time to create memories, explore new things and spend time with others, all while continuing to learn.  

Click here to discovery a variety of activities you can do with your family this summer.
Planning Task Force -

Presentation of Recommendations

June 5, 2019
Neshobe School
The OVUU Task Force Planning Committee will present its recommendations to the OVUU School Board on Wednesday, June 5 at Neshobe School at 6:15 pm. The public, as always, is invited and PEG TV will also tape the meeting. 

The Task Force has been working for 18 months and consists of board and community members.  Their charge was to develop a plan to provide every possible opportunity to support students, families and the community in response to federal mandates, legislative changes and budgetary prioritization.  This 5-10 year plan is intended to:

          Ensure high quality equitable academic opportunities;
          Be good stewards of school finance; and
          Lead our communities through change

A survey of over 500 residents and focus forums and working meetings that included more community members have taken place over the past year. The recommendations presented Wednesday night are the culmination of this work. Next steps are for the OVUU Board to determine. 

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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CLICK HERE to read Superintendent Collins'  December 19th
letter to families in response to the averted threat in Middlebury this past weekend.

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