March 05, 2014WHITEFIELD — The WMRSD school board met on Monday night for the last time before the Tuesday, March 11, school meeting under the SB-2 format of ballot voting in each of the five District towns.
Chairman Greg Odell of Dalton repeated what he wrote voters in a Letter to the Editor in this and other newspapers: "The WMRSD school board asks for you to carefully consider your vote on Town Meeting day, as we believe that this may be the most important vote we will make for our children's education for many years."
Jim Brady of Jefferson added, "Passage of the proposed CTE project is in the best interests of the students. The project is not for the teachers, but for the students."
Peter Riviere of Lancaster said, "The CTE project is an investment in the future. In addition, I believe that the new facility will allow job-enhancing adult education to be offered to area residents in the near future, helping local industries to grow with a workforce that has access to needed up-to-date skills."
Becky Matthews of Whitefield said, "The school board unanimously recommended the CTE bond and we continue to recommend it."
School board student representative Brandon Lalonde, a WMRHS junior, reported that he is working with principal Mike Berry to devise a way to streamline communications, likely in a monthly roundtable format, with students who are involved in a variety of activities in order to make himself more as the student body's liaison to the board.
The board voted unanimously to accept the retirement of Susan MacKillop, Lancaster School cook at the Lancaster School, effective June 30, with great appreciation for 25 years of service and best wishes for the years ahead.
The board also voted unanimously to retroactively accept the resignation of Henry Verret, District van driver, effective Feb. 28, with appreciation.
Because this was his last meeting before the March 11 election, board members joined in thanking Rep. Herb Richardson of Lancaster for his board service. Richardson decided not to run for another term but, rather, to concentrate his efforts and energies on the state Legislature where he serves on the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Committee.
Former school board member Randy Boggess of Lancaster is running unopposed to fill the upcoming vacancy. Incumbents Jessica Ryan of Whitefield and Mollie White of Carroll are also running unopposed.