October 30, 2013BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Julie Couch gave the board a presentation on classroom walkthroughs.
Couch talked to the board and reiterated the vision statement at Barnstead Elementary School as creating a culture of cooperation, collaboration and creativity.
She talked about improving the student learning through raising the level of content, increasing the skill and knowledge that teachers bring to the teaching of that content and increasing the level of each student's active learning of the content.
Couch stressed that the follow-up conversations between administrators and teachers is the most important component of the classroom walkthroughs. The walkthroughs will be short, three to five minutes in length, but will be more frequent. Couch stressed that the experience is supposed to be a positive experience and won't be used as part of the evaluations for teachers.
Member Maureen Fitzpatrick asked if the teachers were in favor of the walkthroughs in the past and remembers it being discussed during the negotiations. Principal Tim Rice said teachers are in support of the walkthroughs.
During public input, Elaine Swinford presented a request from the Barnstead Planning Board to submit a vision statement to be included in the Master Plan.
Chair Diane Beijer said this issue could be addressed at an upcoming buildings and grounds committee meeting.
On a different note, Swinford questioned if school had accepted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Rice explained that the school has been developing a curriculum based on the standards.
Superintendent John Fauci explained that the CCSS aren't a curriculum but establish certain levels that students are expected to reach.
Rice explained that BES students would be moving to the Smarter Balance testing in the spring of 2015.
Fauci talked about rumors regarding biometric bracelets and data mining and said that these rumors aren't true. Beijer talked about the state being very strict regarding data mining.
The board approved the maternity leave request for Jennifer Kloss, who is a part-time math intervention teacher. The leave is a leave of absence because she hasn't been at the school for at least one year.
The board also approved the nominations of Sarah Kiley as a paraprofessional and Sheryl Gagnon as a paraprofessional in fifth grade.
Assistant Principal Scott Young spoke to the board about a parent survey that will be going out in the coming weeks. Young explained that the survey will be available online though Google and hard copies will also be made available to parents who don't have Internet access at home. He is hoping for a solid return on the survey and the window for the survey to come back will be one week. He is hoping that the results will be coming back by the end of November. Fauci said the administrative team will review the survey before it goes out to parents.
Rice informed the board that the school is transitioning its professional development software to a paperless system called My Learning Plan.
The board approved an updated technology plan for 2013 through 2016.
The board approved R&K Landscaping for the snow plow bid of $11,500, which was recommended by Donna Clairmont, the business administrator.
Clairmont said a meeting with the budget committee is coming up and insurance refund checks have been issued to staff.
Eunice Landry spoke about the vision statement that needs to be written and questioned if the high school should be addressed in this statement.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.
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