September 17, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Monday, Sept. 9, and approved outfitting buses with cameras, approved resignations and nominations for teaching positions, approved teachers for various committees and coaching positions and approved various policies.
A public hearing was held regarding a new policy regarding audio and visual surveillance on school buses. Superintendent John Fauci explained that the bus company has outfitted every bus with cameras with no cost to the district. The board later approved the policy.
The board approved the resignations of Annah Kelley, sixth grade, Maria Frangione, technology integration teacher, Lisa Caldwell, a para-educator, and Tom Conlon, part-time custodian.
The board approved the nominations of Katie Walsh as a Kindergarten teacher, Bryan Stewart as the technology integration teacher, Lisa Pepe as a food service worker, Stephanie Hillsgrove as a sixth grade teacher, Sandra Moore as a special education teacher and case manager and James Charland as a part-time custodian.
The board approved Sara Pickard, Kim Raifsnider, Sarah Zink and Christine Vaillancourt to serve on the PBIS Committee, Christine Bergeron and Ondrea Hastings to serve as BRIDGES mentors, Patti Hamilton, Annie Bourque and Bergeron to serve on the Professional Development Committee, Sara Turgeon, Linda Croteau, Nate Whitworth and Cathleen White to serve on the Curriculum Council, Julie Couch and Sharon Karpinski to serve as mentor/mentee co-chairs, Anne Tilden to serve on the Student Council and Couch, Allyson Hobby, Bourque and Laurie Reeder to serve on the Leadership Committee.
The board also approved the following coaching positions: Chris Gentile for boys' A soccer, Miker Warner for boys' B soccer, Mike Brown for girls' A soccer, Carelle Malloy for girls' B soccer and Mary Dank for volleyball.
Assistant Principal Scott Young provided the board with information from the PBIS/student survey that was done in the spring of 2013. He highlighted the results of the survey, with most students having positive feelings about adults in the building, learning opportunities and family involvement in their education. Young said that challenge areas are student to student issues, recognition for good work and challenging work. He said the staff is working together with several ideas on how to help create opportunities to recognize and celebrate success.
Principal Tim Rice informed the board that the year has started as expected for full-day Kindergarten. He is hoping to stay at 16 to 17 students per classroom. Rice said the enrollment at Barnstead Elementary School on Aug. 20 was 502 students.
There was a discussion about the NECAP testing. This is the last year the testing will be done and the individual results will be recorded but no school wide information will be assessed.
The board approved the disposal of old computer equipment that is no longer supported by the operating system. The equipment has no resale value and will be recycled.
The board was provided with a report on the summer academic enrichment program. A total of 77 students participated in the program. Additionally, 46 students participated in the extended school year program.
Rice said he is looking for dates in October or early November for a Friday or Saturday retreat to discuss the strategic planning. Vice-chair Keith Couch and member Kathy Grillo will serve on the committee.
Rice reported that the buildings and grounds committee reviewed the roofing project, with only the D-wing remaining, Granite State Glass installing windows in the C-wing before school starting, issues regarding the oil tank removal next year, the approved fire panel that will be installed soon and the school ball fields.
The board was provided with a graph by Misty Lowe, the Director of Special Education, which showed the 99 special education students are in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Lowe informed the board that special education is increasing, mostly to students moving into the district.
Donna Clairmont, the Business Administrator, informed the board that they received a check from the New Hampshire LGC in the amount of $99,000 for the 2010 overcharge. She noted that other school districts are reimbursing only employees that contributed during the 2009/2010 school year. There was a discussion about how to reimburse the BES employees. The overcharge for 2011 is approximately $66,000. Clairmont recommended reimbursing only employees that contributed in the 2009/2010 school year, and the board voted to follow her recommendation.
Fauci brought forward an issue regarding paying substitutes $65 a day, which is more than some of the regular employees make. Fauci recommended reducing the rate for food service substitutes to $45 a day. There was a discussion about pro-rating all substitutes to be paid according to the number of hours worked. The issue will go to policy committee for review.
The board approved policies regarding the joint maintenance agreement, and attendance absenteeism and truancy, video and audio surveillance on school property, school bus safety program, pupil safety and violence prevention; bullying and access to student records.
The board was provided with a listing of Prospect Mountain High School students in 2012-2013 school year separated into grades, towns and home schooled students. Students in alternative learning situations were also noted.
Clairmont informed the board the lease for the modular building has been extended for two years. The board was provided with a letter indicating intentions to start negotiations for a new agreement for with BES teachers.
Fauci noted that the board approved a restraint policy last year and the policy requires training and the assistant principal and school psychologist are required to attend CPI training that will train them to be trainers for the district.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.
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