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Mollie White of Carroll appointed to fill WMRSD board vacancy

Former board member Mollie White of Carroll was appointed on Monday night to the WMRSD school board. Photo by Edith Tucker. (click for larger version)
October 24, 2012
WHITEFIELD — Former WMRSD school board member Mollie White of Carroll was appointed on Monday night to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Annette Marquis on a unanimous school board vote, 6 to 0. She previously served on the school board in 2004-2005 when Dr. Tim Markley was SAU #36 superintendent, later succeeded by Dr. Dean Cascadden.

When asked whether she supported the proposed Career and Technical Education (CTE) project at WMRHS, White replied that she was not fully up to speed on all its particulars but that she would look to see that taxpayers' money would be spent wisely.

She said that she was particularly interested in ensuring that the District schools communicate well with parents and provide teachers and para-educators with professional education and training.

"I've been a resident of Twin Mountain for over 20 years," White said. She and her husband Michael Fahey have a daughter, Makayla, who is a WMRHS sophomore.

White has worked for a year at the Lancaster office of the Northern Community Investment Corporation, serving as a business resource manager, primarily working with New Hampshire businesses North of the Notches.

Previously she had worked for seven years for the American Cancer Society.

Earlier as a board member she had worked on District nutrition policies with Heidi Barker of Lancaster, now a member of the UNH Cooperative Extension staff.

White is also a co-founder of the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) in Bethlehem.

When White was asked whether or not she anticipated running in March 2013 for the remaining two years of Marquis' term, she replied that she was not sure but that it was a possibility.

SAU 36 Interim Superintendent Dr. Harry Fensom explained that the next three school board meetings would include extensive budget presentations: Monday, Nov. 5; Monday, Nov. 13 (a newly added board meeting); and Monday, Nov. 19.

"I would like to see the board vote on its preliminary budget before the December holiday break," Fensom said. "We can expect increases in retirement costs, and we also anticipate needing more laptop computers or tablets on which students can take standardized tests during a compressed testing window," Fensom said, adding that he has asked IT Director Jeremy Noyes to look at leasing equipment as a way to stabilize yearly costs.

Fensom explained that if he recommended to the board that the Jefferson School be re-configured (see related article) to house an Early Childhood Center, the board would have to vote — up or down — on approving the change.

School board member Rep. Herb Richardson of Lancaster recommended that a public hearing be held.

Board member Peter Riviere, also of Lancaster, said he would like to see whether there are ways the District could formally work with the federal Head Start program in Whitefield that enrolls 20 children.

Martin Lord Osman
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