WSESD Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes


Chair KY called the meeting to order at 6:05pm.

KY turned over the leadership of this meeting to DSC, who is Vice-Chair.

DSC announced amendments to the agenda, as follows:
• Agenda item II is not an executive session, but a presentation on executive sessions.

“Here We Are” with Jerry Carbone

Jerry’s spent a lot of time around books! He talks about the old days at Brooks Library, the beginning days of our Literary Festival and the Words Project – and how he’s now helping folks find their roots as a genealogist. Tune in for some great stories and insights about delving into the past – in our town and in our families.

WSESD Board Meeting Agenda

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Kelly Young, Board Chair
II. EXECUTIVE SESSION – 1 V.S.A. §313(a)(1)(F) Confidential Attorney-Client Communications made for the purpose of providing professional legal services to the body

Next Stage Arts Project Presents Tony Trischka & Robot Plane plus Hot Mustard

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an afternoon of banjo and bluegrass with Tony Trischka & Robot Plane and Hot Mustard, as part of the 2022 Next Stage “Bandwagon Summer Series,” on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm at West River Park in Brattleboro, VT. A mix of the new and the old, the concert features banjo legend Tony Trischka’s brand new quartet, while twin banjo band Hot Mustard reunites after an eight-year hiatus to open the show.

Steeped in Bluegrass, while stretching out into Celtic, Americana, and Progressive music, Tony Trischka & Robot Plane includes acoustic music all-stars Jacob Joliff (mandolin), Jared Engel (acoustic bass), and Hannah Read (fiddle). These extraordinarily versatile and talented musicians are alumni of bands such as Country Cooking, Breakfast Special, Joy Kills Sorrow, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Bela Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart.

BCTV Schedules – Week of September 19, 2022

BCTV Channel 1075 schedule for the week of 9/19/22

Monday, September 19, 2022

5:00 am The News Project – In Studio – UCS Leaders Discuss Mental Health
5:48 am The News Project – Springfield on the Move
6:00 am Brooks Memorial Library Events – Public Forum on Brooks Memorial Services 8/24/22
7:05 am Vote for Vermont – Manufactured Homes 3/31/22
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast

Brattleboro’s Bethanie Yeakle to perform with Nashville’s Tiffany Williams plus Sara Trunzo on October 9 in Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS — Nashville-based Tiffany Williams grew up in an Eastern Kentucky coal camp house, the daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of coal miners. Her debut album, All Those Days of Drinking Dust, produced by Grammy-nominated Duane Lundy, is solidly in the New Appalachian Movement that tangles tradition and heritage with contemporary leanings. Her evocative voice rises like the mountains and wanders low and snaky as the creeks of the place she was born and raised.

Visual Artist Destiny Palmer Discusses Creative Process at Landmark College, September 27

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series presents visual artist Destiny Palmer on Tuesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. in in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, located in the Lewis Academic Building.

The Boston-based artist will discuss her public art and studio-based practice that function as places to create dialogue and make space for investigation. Palmer will also share how her practice has ebbed and flowed to what it has become now, centered around color, abstraction and history.

Rocks, Paper, Scissors – New Exhibit at West Village

Rocks, Paper, Scissors, a multimedia exhibit by six area artists, is now on view at All Souls Church in the West Village Meeting House through October 31.The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, September 24, 2 to 4 pm.

The exhibit, curated by Stuart Copans, focuses on Vermont rocks, both actual ones and those portrayed in works of art by Copans, Maisie Crowther, Don Fitzpatrick, Kip King, Steven Meyer, and Charles Siggins II, Rocks preserve the rich and elaborate patterns that waves and currents create on the floor of the ocean as well in mountain streams, where the water flows in curves and spirals that are reproduced in the flow of molten rock that solidifies to preserve the patterns of both flow and turbulence.

WSESD Policy and Amendment Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes


I Approval of Minutes from 9/6/22

II On 9/13/22 the following policies were successfully re-adopted by the Board

F12 – Transportation
F23 – Policy on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students
F26 – Participation of Home Study Students in School Programs and Activities
H1 – School-Community Relations

Architecture + Design Monthly Free Film Series Begins Wed, Sept. 21 at 118 Elliot

The Architecture + Design Film Series will kick-off its 10th season of free, monthly films shown in person simultaneously at 6:30 pm at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro, 118 Elliot Street, and at Burlington City Arts’ Contois Auditorium up north, on September 21, 2022 with “M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity” (2019, Robin Lutz, 81 minutes, Netherlands, mostly English with some subtitles). Doors open at 6:15 pm. Film showings are free and open to all (masking is optional but appreciated) and are also available for virtual viewing all day through the A+D Film website at:

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series presents Glen David Andrews, The Crown Prince of Treme and New Orleans’ Most Charismatic Live Performer

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series presents Glen David Andrews, The Crown Prince of Treme and New Orleans’ most charismatic live performer, on Sunday, October 2nd at 3:00 p.m. at The Putney Inn, 57 Putney Landing Road, in Putney, VT.

“New Orleans music goes straight to the soul, and I can’t think of a better artist than Glen David Andrews that exudes that energy and brings it onto the stage,” says Keith Marks, Executive Director at Next Stage Arts. “When we’re curating the Bandwagon Series, energy and cultural diversity are at the forefront. This show is for the dancers. Andrews travels around the world bringing that level of New Orleans soul to audiences, and we’re incredibly excited to present this artist toward the end of our series.”

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus Open Rehearsals Thursday

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus welcomes new members to come to a rehearsal on Thursday, September 15 to see if Chorus is a good fit for them. Zoom rehearsals are also an option on Friday mornings.

The Chorus welcomes anyone ages 10 and up who identifies as a woman or non-binary, and whose vocal range comfortably includes the A in the middle of the treble staff.

Learn More About Your Community Media Station at BCTV’s Annual Meeting

The public is invited to join the staff and Board of Directors for BCTV’s Annual Meeting on September 21 at 6 PM. The meeting will be held in Suite 306 on the third floor of the Brattleboro Municipal Center at 230 Main Street, and will be streamed live on BCTV’s Facebook page. E.D. Cor Trowbridge will share the State of the Station Report, and the results of board elections will be announced. Members and the public are welcome to share comments and suggestions in person or via Facebook comment. Refreshments will be served.

Next Stage Arts and Jewish Communities of Vermont Present an Evening of Ladino Music with Next Stage’s Fall Artist-in-Residence, Nani

Next Stage Arts and Jewish Communities of Vermont present Next Stage’s Fall Artist-in-Residence on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill Road, in Putney, VT.

Noam “Nani” Vazana is one of the only artists in the world that write & compose new songs in the endangered Ladino language. In her new album Ke Haber (What’s New) she captures the spirit of the ancient, matriarchal language and culture and propels it into the 21st century with socially pertinent lyrics, celebrating migration, gender and female empowerment.

“Music serves as a portal for discovering new cultures, and Nani is one of the few artists in the world composing music in Ladino, the language spoken by her grandmother in Portugal,” says Keith Marks, Executive Director of Next Stage Arts. “Nani lives in Amsterdam and has been frequently highlighted on BBC, performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and stages around the world. We’re honored to host her as our fall artist-in-residence and to present her in the theater.”

BCTV Schedules – Week of September 12, 2022

BCTV Channel 1085 schedule for the week of 9/12/22

Monday, September 12, 2022

4:50 am Congressman Peter Welch – Burn Pits and the Honoring our PACT Act 8/11/22
5:30 am Newfane Selectboard – Newfane SB Mtg 9/6/22
8:00 am The David Pakman Show – The David Pakman Show – Weekly Broadcast
9:00 am Energy Week with George Harvey – Energy Week #487 – 9/1/2022
10:00 am Windham Southeast School District – WSESD Bd Mtg 8/23/22

WSESD Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Kelly Young, Board Chair
II. 6:05 – EXECUTIVE SESSION – 1 V.S.A. §313(a)(1)(F) Confidential Attorney- Client Communications made for the purpose of providing professional legal services to the body
III. 6:15 – Middle School Leadership Team / Youth Council Presentation – Cassandra Holloway, Diana Wahle, Students

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series and Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival

The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series and Sandglass Theater’s Puppets in the Green Mountains festival present a musical folktale about courage in relation to the modern-day themes of migration.

Many stories from Africa have traditionally been passed down by word of mouth. Tears by the River is one of these stories. Krystal Puppeteers sing, drum, puppeteer and dance in this vibrant and joyous performance. A brave monkey, LIBENDI, leaves his land after a great famine has killed many of his fellow monkeys. His adventurous “safari” takes him far off to a river where, after losing his energy from days of walking through valleys and mountains, deserts and barren land with no food and water, he dies beside the river before he can taste the life-giving water. Animals from the forest come to honor him by naming the river after Libendi. This prompts the “bigger” animals and “kings” of the jungle to be jealous to the point of doing crazy things to become famous as well.

Traditional theater in Kenya is distinguishable by its masks, drums, chants, and narratives. The Giriama people of the east coast of Kenya often perform with gigantic wooden figures. Turkanas, Maasai and Kamba tribes use fertility clay and wooden dolls called ikideet or gnide dressed in leather and decorated with coloured glass beads and costume jewelry. All of these elements can be found in Tears by the River, a contemporary puppet theater show that unfolds through images, sound and movement. Celebrating the oral traditions of Africa, these kinds of traditional stories are meant to prepare young people for life, and so, each story teaches a lesson or a moral.