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Alton School Board approves calendar for next year


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
April 23, 2014
ALTON — The Alton School Board met for just over an hour in public session on Monday, April 14, and approved accepting nearly $300,000 in unanticipated funds, approved the school calendar for the 2014-2015 school year and approved school board meeting dates for next year.

Business Administrator Kathy O'Blenes explained that the board needed to accept a total of $296,717.56 in grants and a public hearing was held, with no public comments. The grants included: $23,495.93 from E-Rates, $37,665 from the Rural Education Action Program (REAP), $90,093.26 from Title I funding, $8,069.88 from a Special Education IDEA grant and $4,786.74 from the same grant for pre-schooling and $22,607.25 for Title II funding. Following the public hearing, the school board accepted the unanticipated funds.

The topic of forming a study committee on dissolving the Joint Maintenance Agreement between Alton and Barnstead was on the agenda, but the issue was tabled, as Carlos Martinez and Steve Miller weren't in attendance at the meeting.

The board discussed the minutes of March 31 meeting at length and moved approval and discussion about sealing the minutes into a non-public session.

Following public input, where a concern about approving the calendar so late in the year was raised, the school board approved the 2014-2015 calendar and the board also approved meeting dates for the school board for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board approved several committee assignments for the board members to serve on throughout the year.

The board approved first readings of policies regarding the following issues: service animals, student discipline in out and out school, tobacco on school property and public conduct on school property. The board also rescinded policies regarding suspension and expulsion of students that was replaced by the above policy regarding discipline.

Superintendent Bill Lander discussed the plan for finding a new principal and forming a principal search committee. He said he would like to be finished with the process by May 30. Member Terri Noyes was appointed to serve as the school board representative on the committee. Lander announced that he already received 13 applications for the position.

It was announced that representative from Profile Bank would be attending a school board meeting and giving a presentation about a program it would like to introduce to the students about banking and savings.

The next meeting of the Alton School Board is on Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Central School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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