Greetings! It has been awhile since I wrote and I want to get back in the habit. It is a great way to share news and thoughts as things change in the district!
As of July 1, RNESU now has only 2 districts in place: Barstow Unified Union School District serving Chittenden and Mendon; and Otter Valley Unified Union School District serving Goshen, Brandon, Leicester, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting. The first official board meetings of both districts took place last night, July 20, and both boards are doing intensive work learning their new roles.
For OVUUSD, it means the board is now responsible for 5 schools, not just 1, and that takes some new thinking! The board is interested in learning about each school, what they offer, who they serve. One way to do this is to hold board meetings in different schools, moving around the district, throughout the school year. The agenda that is posted will always say where they are meeting, so be sure to check it before heading to a meeting.
Barstow UU is looking at governance from a slightly different place. Not much is different than the Joint Agreement. However, this board is interested in defining its role from a policy governance lens. You will hear more about that as the year goes along.
My office this summer has been focused on transferring finances and land from the old to the new districts. This can be complicated, but our business office has been working hard to make it as simple as possible. We are nearly done, with a few outstanding issues still to complete.
We also are overseeing two major and several minor construction projects this summer. OVUHS and Neshobe both have large energy efficiency projects being done over the summer, which are going along very well. Other schools are working on floors, painting, even an upgraded multi purpose room at Leicester. This is the time of year when we can focus on facilities, to keep them looking fresh and welcoming for when students return.
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for me? Go to http://www.rnesu.org and click on Let’s Talk. This tool allows me to get your message quickly and therefore respond quickly as well. I love hearing what students are doing in the summer- share some stories!