Barnstead board agreeable

Collective bargaining agreement, budget approved by school board

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
December 21, 2013
BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Thursday, Dec. 19, and approved a new collective bargaining agreement and approved a bottom line budget for next year.

The board ratified a new four-year contract between the Barnstead School Board and Barnstead Education Association. A press release will be coming forward in the next couple of weeks with further details on the agreement.

The board also approved a bottom line budget for the Fiscal Year 2015 totaling $11,260,844. This number includes the Prospect Mountain High School budget for next year, which hasn't been finalized. This bottom line number includes last year's numbers for PMHS that will be updated once they are approved.

Donna Clairmont, the business administrator, explained that she is waiting to get the PMHS budget numbers to finalize the BES budget. She also said revenues haven't been reported and an overview needs to be done.

The board approved the nomination of Jennifer Martin as a part-time nurse's aid that will work three hours a day.

Additionally, the board approved the resignation of Cheryl Gagnon as a paraprofessional, maternity leave requests of Kyra Butts and Katie Pagnotta and a leave request from January until March by Priscilla Tiede.

Bob Strobel, the technology director, met with the board to talk about budget recommendations for next year. Among the things that Strobel recommended was some new software and hiring Bryan Stewart, the technology integrator, to work two days per week during the summer at a cost of $4,800. The board agreed with the increases to the budget recommended by Strobel.

Vice-chair Keith Couch asked a question about transportation for the summer school program. Principal Tim Rice explained that part of the issue is funding and Couch suggested a policy needed to be created. Rice said some of the funding would be coming from Title I and the option of regional stops is being looked at, with parents providing some of the transportation. Rice said the transportation would be funded by Title I funding and special education funding.

Rice talked about a new program of having therapists coming into the school to work with students so they wouldn't have to miss school if they needed to see an outside therapist.

Misty Lowe, the Director of Special Education, explained that a pre-school student that was expected to attend won't be attending and added that a high school student would cost the school funds for being placed out of the district. This would result in a wash for the special education budget on this issue.

Policies were tabled until the next board meeting, and the board will review the warrant articles at the next meeting.

The board approved the minutes of Nov. 26 meeting and voted to support the New Hampshire School Board Association resolutions.

The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library to discuss the 2014 warrant articles.

Tim Croes can be reached at or 569-3126

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