January 23, 2013ALTON — Prior to its regular school meeting, the Prospect Mountain School Board held a public hearing to withdraw funds for two separate issues at the high school on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The first hearing was to withdraw $13,623 for the improvement of instruction fund. This hearing had no input from the public and a motion was made during the board meeting to withdraw said funds.
The second hearing was to withdraw $92,452 for the repair of the fire suppression system from the general maintenance fund.
Member Steve Miller questioned the reason for the withdrawal of funds and was told that the issue has been discussed previously and there is an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the failure of the system. The board later decided to table this issue, as they want to confirm the final number.
Superintendent Robert Cullison informed the board the high school was chosen as part of a Peers of Sharing Success, based on their NECAP test scores. Cullison reported that only four districts were chosen in the state to attend the tri-state conference that will be made of schools from New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.
The board members discussed the issue of providing students with a youth risk behavior survey, which they had previously rejected. A survey was sent to parents and the majority of the parents showed support for the survey.
A motion was made by member Keith Couch to provide the survey to students, with no additional cost to the district and cost being paid for by a grant and the board approved
Jay Fitzpatrick informed that board the second quarter was about to wrap up and students were involved in midterm testing at the time, and the start of the third quarter was nearing.
Fitzpatrick talked about a recent emergency management training that occurred at the high school, and he reported that it went very well.
Member Jeff St. Cyr asked Fitzpatrick if it would be feasible to move seventh and eighth grade students from Barnstead and Alton to the high school.
Fitzpatrick said it would be possible, but it would definitely be a tight fit. Couch recommended looking at the issue down the line, if the enrollment continues to decrease and it becomes more of a possibility.
The board approved changes to the curriculum and program of studies and the addition of several classes, including but not limited to jazz band, AP music theory, civics, pre-algebra, beginning functions, foods for health and fitness and precisions mechanics and technology.
Fitzpatrick was asked if some of the classes were replacements and he said that some were replacements for other classes, but some were new offerings.
The board approved offering the bid for the driver's education school to Jack's Driving School, at a cost per student of $625.
The board also approved hiring a new paraprofessional and hiring of a new tennis coach.
Vice-chair Eunice Landry, who is also the chair of the finance committee, reported that the finance committee will be reviewing the budget and is recommending a soft freeze on the 2012-2013 budget until the budget can be fully reviewed.
The areas where the budget is over include legal, buildings and grounds, maintenance and some other costs that were rolled over from last year.
Cullison reported that the policy committee will be going over several updated policies and Miller suggested looking at an updated policy on the comprehensive weapons policy on school grounds.
The next scheduled meeting of the Prospect Mountain High School Board is on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Mountain High School library.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126