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Board discusses special education, discipline and more

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
October 31, 2012
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board reviewed changes to several special education policies changes and an updated special education procedural handbook during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Misty Lowe, the director of special education, talked to the board about the changes to the policies, which hadn't been updated in several years.

The board unanimously approved the suggested changes.

Assistant Principal Scott Young gave the board an update on discipline at the school. Young displayed the discipline report during the last five years, which showed that discipline problems are going down, but they are usually a problem at the beginning of the school year.

The majority of offenses occur while students ride the bus.

The board reviewed the topic of a late bus that handles students going to Prospect Mountain High School.

Chair Diane Beijer reported that the bus company said that the issue has been resolved.

Principal Tim Rice announced that the current enrollment at Barnstead Elementary School as of October was 526 students.

Rice also talked about the progress that the school is making in meeting requirements provided by the New Hampshire Department of Education due to the fact that BES is a School in Need of Improvement.

The board approved changing the process involving paraprofessionals with Barnstead students at Prospect Mountain High School. The board approved having PMHS hiring all paraprofessionals and having the issue be billed back to BES.

The board approved a change to the job description for the school nurse, adding a requirement for a bachelor's degree in nursing.

The board approved a bid by R&K Landscaping for snow removal in the amount of $11,500.

Superintendent John Fauci reported that he had met recently with the fire chief and that he was working on resolving an issue with the alarm panel.

Fauci talked about the work being done with Heather Driscoll regarding the overhauling of the math curriculum. He reported that he is trying to set up a schedule with Driscoll.

Fauci reported that he joined the New England School Development Council (NESDEC). One of the benefits of joining the group is membership includes a free 10-year enrollment forecast for the district.

Donna Clairmont, the business administrator, reported about the status of the accounting bookkeeping for BES.

"I am satisfied wit the conditions of the reports," Clairmont said. "I think we are in really good shape."

During the next school board meeting, an update on the budget will be brought forward to the school board.

The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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