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Barnstead School Board approves assistant position for school nurse


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
December 03, 2013
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and discussed the nurse's assistant position, reviewed the budget and approved several policies.

The board was provided with a copy of the schedule for the nurse at the school and the times she has to dispense medication for severely medically involved students. Principal Tim Rice said this creates a concern because of students who have to wait. It could become a dangerous situation if there was an emergency and the nurse was at the other end of the building. He noted that a nursing assistant would be able to free up office time for the Registered Nurse. There was a discussion about the medical needs of several students and the need for this position.

The board voted unanimously to approve the request of the administration to have the services of a Licensed Practical Nurse to supplement the Registered Nurse position for the rest of this school year.

The board approved coaching positions for the fifth and sixth grade boys' and girls' basketball teams.

Misty Lowe, the Director of Special Education, distributed a report from NH Connections that highlighted BES for best practices. She also provided another report that indicated that there are 104 special education students at BES, which represents 20 percent of the school population. The information was broken down by grade and the number of special education teachers and para-educators in each grade level is listed. There was a discussion about the pre-school being a special education program rather than an early childhood program. There was also a discussion about revenue gained through Medicaid and Catastrophic Aide. A timeline of ongoing para-educator changes was provided and Lowe noted that they are working hard to improve student achievement for all students.

Rice announced that the enrollment at BES as of Nov. 18 was 498 students.

The board was provided with the proposed 2014-2015 budget. Superintendent John Fauci reviewed the highlights of the budget and noted that there is 1.5 percent increase this year. Member Eunice Landry went through the budget page by page and explained any significant changes. The board approved a list of transfer requests totaling $170,723.21.

The board was provided with a copy of the commercial lease for the SAU building. The lease is for a three-year term beginning on Nov. 1, and ending on Oct. 31, 2016, with a cost of $850 per month. The previous lease was a two-year lease for $800 a month. The board unanimously approved the new lease with Tigger Realty.

The board approved the policy for a second and final reading regarding the technology integration teacher, changing the requirement from "Associate's Degree" to "Bachelor's Degree."

The board also approved policies for a second and final reading regarding the assistant athletic director, the director of after school programs, non-discrimination, admission of tuition and non-resident students, attendance, absenteeism and truancy, concussion and head injuries and student transportation services. The board also approved a second reading of the policy regarding termination and dismissal of certified staff.

The board was provided with a chart indicating monthly enrollment of BES and Alton students at Prospect Mountain High School by grade level. The chart included students who are home schooled but are attending some classes at PMHS. Information on students in out-of-district placements and alternative learning programs was also provided.

The board discussed an update on the special education costs in a non-public session.

The board approved the minutes from Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.

The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 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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