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.

2019-2020 District Calendar Change

March 19, 2020 - Snow Day Make-Up 

School day for all students and staff to make up a snow day and keep our school year on schedule..

March 20, 2020 - In-Service 
In-service Day for Licensed Staff

OVUU Timeline
Since Merger of 2016 
The six towns of Otter Valley Union High School (Brandon, Goshen, Leicester, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting) merged on July 1, 2016 to create the Otter Valley Unified Union School District, as a result of Vermont State Act 46. 

This timeline documents the goals set and district progress since the merger, providing an overview of the work that has been accomplished.  

Click here to view the Merger Timeline 
FY21 Proposed Budgets
 FY21 RNESU Budget Proposal

 FY21 Barstow Unified Union School District Budget Proposal

 FY21 Otter Valley Unified Union School District Budget Proposal
OVUU Board Seeks
The OVUU Board Needs Your Voice!

If you are a taxpayer, staff member or student of the RNESU district, the OVUU board wants to hear from you!

The OVUU Board aims to host several future planning input sessions in 2020 and they are interested to know how you would be most willing to participate. Click the link to complete a brief survey: https://forms.gle/Dj4WyrEnKDEpN6xb9

Interested in becoming more involved in the school system?

Consider becoming a school board member.  

The Otter Valley Unified Union School District and Barstow Unified Union School District have the following openings for the Office of School Board of Director* for the coming election in March 2020:

BUUSD:   1 – At-Large (3 year term) (candidates can be from either of the BUUSD towns: Chittenden or Mendon)

OVUUSD:  1 – Brandon (3 year term) 
               1 – Leicester (3 year term) 
               2 – At-Large (3 year term) (candidates can be from any of the OVUUSD towns: Brandon; Goshen; Leicester; Pittsford Sudbury; and Whiting)
*All seats are three year terms unless otherwise stated.

Petitions are available at your Town Clerk’s Office and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Central Office at 49 Court Drive in Brandon.  Requests for petitions can also be made by calling the RNESU Central Office at (802) 247-5757.

Completed petitions are due to your Town Clerk by Monday, January 27, 2020.  Petitions for town specific seats require signatures of the lesser of 1% of registered voters or 30 signatures.  Petitions for at-large seats require the signature of 60 registered voters.  
RNESU Honors Local Faculty and Staff Members Celebration of Contributions and Commitment Honorees
Celebration of Contributions and Commitment Honorees
Left to Right:
Whitney Christie - Outstanding Support Staff - RNESU
Chris Grego - Distinguished Teacher - Neshobe
Jennifer Loyzelle - Outstanding Support Staff - Lothrop
Frannie Willard* - Distinguished Teacher - OVUHS 
Christine Noonan - Distinguished Teacher - OCA - Leicester
Susan Alberico - Distinguished Teacher - Lothrop
Kim Raymond - Outstanding Support Staff - Barstow
Kristen Aines* - Distinguished Educator - Barstow
Tracy Carrara - Outstanding Support Staff - OCA - Leicester
Anne Young - Outstanding Support Staff - OVUHS
Andrea Eugair - Distinguished Teacher- RNESU
Robin Hanfield - Outstanding Support Staff - Neshobe
*RNESU Outstanding Teachers for the 2019 UVM Teacher of the Year award
OVUU Board District Planning - 
Next Steps
At the board retreat on August 21st, Jeanne Collins, RNESU Superintendent, gave an update on the action items she and her team were tasked with over the summer per the OVUU Planning Task Force's recommendation presented June of 2019 to include:  exploring a shift in school boundaries, next steps for an enhanced middle school, and viability guidelines.  CLICK HERE to read a full update.

What's next?  The board will be developing several communications plans and they are looking for community input and brand ambassadors (staff, community and students!)

Interested?  Please complete THIS form and the OVUU Board will be in touch!

Welcome back to another school year!

Click HERE to view the Convocation Slideshow, including the climate survey results and updates from the School Boards.

MEET THE NEW FACULTY & STAFF  2019-2020 All New Employees

Click HERE to meet the new employees as they introduce themselves. 

Ellie Holsman

Recognized as WCAX-3
Super Senior
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. 
See Something,
Say Something!
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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