Budget Info:

Due to reductions in state education aid, the school board directed the superintendent  to develop proposals which will level fund school spending without affecting programs and educational opportunities for students. Proposals for changes to our schools were made to the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board on Wednesday, Nov. 15th. To review the budget proposals, please view the powerpoint on the RNESU website, www.rnesu.org.

To meet the $1.6 million needed to avoid a tax increase, the Board determined the amount of cuts required to meet this number would significantly reduce the educational opportunities for students. Many of our elementary school student- to- teacher ratios are low and enrollment has been decreasing. Class ratio is an area where savings could be found and educational opportunities could be maintained or increased. These proposals generate a potential reduction of $769,000, approaching a level budget. After brainstorming a variety of plans, only a few viable options can work with the existing buildings and the number of students we have.

The board must consider all viable options that conform to its overall mission and educational goals as well as our communities’ ability to financially support education. Now that these options have been presented, the Board’s next step is to bring them to the public to gain feedback. The board wishes to listen to parent and taxpayer input  prior to any final decision.

We will be holding forums about these budget proposals on Nov 30th and Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm in the large cafeteria at Otter Valley UHS.

We need to come together as an Otter Valley Unified Union District to establish an educational model that benefits all students and staff and is sustainable for taxpayers. We hope you will participate, please attend a forum or send us comments using Let’s Talk, a button on the district and school websites.


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With the intention of enhancing academic and social behavior outcomes for all students, new to Otter Valley this year is the introduction of PBIS or Positive Behavioral Interventional Supports. After in-depth research and collaborative work by a team of Otter Valley faculty, this framework is being adopted as a preventative approach to supporting positive behavior. Rather than focus on the negative behaviors we sometimes see, there will be a clear set of definitions for positive behavior. There will also be opportunities to learn, with support, how to demonstrate those behaviors.  In response to a survey used to identify focus areas for improving the social climate at Otter Valley, the team identified five school-wide expectations that will be the underlying theme starting this year. Revisiting our theme of “Having Pride/Being Proud” the team chose the word PRIDE to define these expectations:

P – Positive Attitude (I demonstrate positive thinking.)

R— Respect (I demonstrate respectful behavior to myself, my peers, and my teachers.)

I— Integrity (I am honest and stick to my word.)

D— Determination (I demonstrate the ability to try my hardest.)

E— Empathy (I put myself in the place of others and understand how they may feel.)


Students and staff will be actively discussing and practicing these elements by: establishing what all of our expectations for behavior are; actively learning and practicing these behaviors; reinforcing those who meet those expectations; and providing correction for errors in behavior. Posters are up all over school to remind us of this initiative. Advisories will be working on their own projects to teach these character traits. Behavioral expectations will be clearly defined, ways of supporting these expectations will be in place, and support will be provided to all students to maximize outcomes.

The other important aspect of PBIS is in providing more consistent consequences for undesirable behaviors.  Behaviors have been categorized into three levels. Students will have the opportunity to learn about their behavior and grow through a restorative planning time which occurs outside of the regularly scheduled school day for level two and three behaviors. The restorative planning time identifies the negative behavior, addresses why it occurred, how it affects them and those around them, makes plans for prevention and amends, and provides potential links to academics.

We’re looking forward to a great start to the year and a very positive environment.

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Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and Otter Valley Union High School is committed to engaging all stakeholders in the education of our students. Only when we build strong relationships with our students, staff, families and community members can we make the changes we need to reach every student.
Let’s Talk! is one tool available for you to provide feedback on our schools. It should not replace other interactions, such as phone calls, face-to-face meetings or email.  But it is a place where you can come anytime, day or night and tell us what’s on your mind.

Once you click on the Let's Talk! button on the website, identify your needs and make a submission, the proper person or department will be notified. If you request a response, you will hear back from us in a timely manner.

Your thoughts matter to us! Let us know what is on your mind, any time, any day, at Let's Talk! @ www.rnesu.org or OV's website.

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