October 02, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and approved a teacher nomination and several committee positions and was presented with information from Principal Tim Rice regarding the school's status.
Rice talked about the state of New Hampshire's waiver being accepted for No Child Left Behind. As a result, Adequate Yearly Progress won't be determined but the school will continue to take the NECAP tests until 2015.
The school will be switching to the Smarter Balance test, which is based on the Common Core State Standards, in the Spring of 2015.
Rice talked about the implementation of teacher evaluations that must include a weight of 20 percent on student growth measures. A principal evaluation will include one-eighth portion from student evaluations as well. Rice talked about the new test being used on computers and said that the school is ready for this. A school could have the option of going paper and pencil for the first three years, but Rice doesn't see the need for this.
Rice said that data mining has been a concern with the new testing. He said the state would only collect data points allowed by state law and necessary for test security. The cost for the test will be same, $22.50 per pupil per year, as the NECAP test. Rice said that sample questions from the Smarter Balance test are available on the state department of education Web site.
Rice pointed out that the new testing would take part during the last 12 weeks of the school year and test the students on what they have learned during the current year. He also showed another presentation that detailed on how the Common Core State Standards came to be developed over the years.
The board approved a request of Sean Dunne, the athletic director, to hire an assistant. Eric Richards will be assisting Dunne with paperwork and other duties and will split the stipend with Dunne 50/50, with no additional monies needed to pay for the position.
The board approved the hiring of Jennifer Kloss as a part-time math intervention teacher. The board also approved for Cathleen White to serve on the Professional Development Committee, Patty Hamilton to serve as the chair on the committee, Julie Couch to serve on the Curriculum Council and Priscilla Tiede to serve as the BASE Program Director.
Rice announced that the enrollment at Barnstead Elementary School was 494 students. He expects the numbers to rise in the coming weeks.
The board approved the second and final reading of a policy regarding student transportation. The policy states that the students shouldn't walk any further than one mile to a bus stop. Superintendent John Fauci said that was an issue with a student walking 1.3 miles but that this issue has been resolved.
The board also approved policies regarding substitute rates, which are pro-rate based on the position, and a teacher performance and evaluation system.
The board approved a date for the annual district meeting of March 22, 2014.
Donna Clairmont, the business administrator, reported that the end of year fund balance is approximately $145,000, with $73,000 in contingencies that will be returned to the district.
The board approved the minutes of the Sept. 9 meeting.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126