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Superintendent Report

October 2016

It’s been a great start to the school year! 

The New England Association of School Superintendents’ conference in Newport, Rhode Island was focused on Social and Emotional Learning; Federal and State Policies

All Member Superintendent Meeting (9/30/16) – Secretary Holcombe presented on the inequity across Vermont; Students in poverty vs. their peers from wealthier families.  VEHI and VSBA presented on new health care system and negotiations.  The AOE presented the new law that was in effect October 1, 2016 – Homelessness coordinating with DCF around foster care.

Update on Oxbow:  Hiring an Interim Principal to help in the absence of Dr. Doug Harris.                  

Leadership Team:

In-service Friday, October 7, 2016:

OHS - values/mission statement (NEASC)

RBCTC – Teachers will be visiting other tech center in their program areas and also visiting colleges for dual enrollment

NES – Multi Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) data discussion and PBL planning

BES - PBL, core-team planning - wrap around kids

TES -  CPI training and classroom teachers will continue PBL planning in the afternoon

WRVS - PBL Buck Institute for Education

Project Based Learning Professional Development – BES and TES trained in August, WRVS trained October 5 – 7.

 Buck Institute for Education

At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), our highest priority is to help teachers prepare students for successful lives. We do this by showing teachers how to use Project Based Learning in all grade levels and subject areas. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, BIE creates, gathers, and shares high-quality PBL instructional practices and products and provides highly effective services to teachers, schools, and districts.

For teachers, BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. For schools, BIE helps bring coherence to PBL practices across grade levels and subject areas, and supports the creation of school-wide processes and structures to support PBL. For districts, BIE offers unrivaled service and expertise in creating and sustaining district-wide PBL initiatives. The exponential increase in demand for its services and products speak to BIE’s ability to help educators around the world provide a better education for all students.                                                                                                                      (http://bie.org/about)

Throughout the next two years our teachers will receive BIE Workshop 101 and coaching support

School Safety:

Keith has been working with the leadership team on coordinating with the area Emergency Responders. 

The following local meetings with their emergency responders are scheduled:

WRVS - 9/29 @ 4:00

NES - 9/23, 12/9


TES - 10/6 @ 3:15

Keith is coordinating a second Emergency Responder Meeting with our administration, Rob Evans, the VT School Safety Manager, and the local emergency responders in November.  Each school will share their emergency plans and we will begin to develop an OESU plan.

Keith is working on coordinating a security audit for each of the schools.  Mark Moody will be at OHS/RBCTC October 12th

Special Education:

Service Plans due October 15th – first time submitting them as a supervisory union.

Time studies are due to OESU in two weeks from the schools.

Budget preparation 

Central Office:

·         Negotiations are around the corner!

·         Contracts and MOUs

·         Licensing and Provisionals

·         Audits have begun

·         Budget Season begins!