Rafael told the board that she would be happy to continue to handle communications on its behalf for the next calendar year. Her contract amount as proposed and accepted for the year is $1,700. Rafael writes press releases, manages a blog, and handles other outreach on behalf of the board. She previously handled communications for the study committee that formed the articles of agreement for the district.
After some waffling, the board agreed to purchase a domain name for the district that will redirect viewers to Rafael’s blog that chronicles the work of the board. According to Marc Schauber, a member of the public, the cost of the domain name is $13.18. The board hesitated after reading an email from Kevin Burke, the technology director for the Windham Central Supervisory Union, who said upkeep of the site could become an issue without a dedicated web manager.
Schauber said he disagreed with Burke’s assessment, noting that the board could buy a domain in the short term and not worry about its long-term life or management. “Having a name that’s easy to give out, recognize, and share is of utmost importance,” said Schauber.
Parent Jessica Smith agreed that an easier-to-find URL that could be redirected to Rafael’s blog was a good idea. Smith said she’d tried to Google Rafael’s blog and hadn’t found it. After some discussion, the board agreed and a motion to purchase a URL was approved. By Thursday, the new URL (www.rvusd.net) was operational.
The board recently launched a community engagement survey, which seeks clarity on the Dover and Wardsboro communities’ priorities with regard to the new district. Werner said that, per superintendent Bill Anton, 53 completed surveys had been received to date. Schauber suggested that the board post the survey at the towns’ post offices; the board asked Schauber to do so.
The survey, which is open to voters in Dover and Wardsboro, will be available in paper form at Town Meeting in both towns and is also available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LYCNKBQ.
The board will meet next on Monday, March 19, at 7 pm at the Dover School.