HIGH SCHOOL RIBBON CUTTING. School Board Chair Stacy Trites, High School Principal Guy Donnelly, school board members Jim Rines, Diane Drelick, Don Meader, Jack Widmer and Assistant Principal William Douglass watch as high school students Katherine McCarthy and Tuckerman Jones cut the ribbon during the celebration of the completion of the Kingswood project last Saturday, Sept. 22. See story on the celebration and more photos on page A8. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
September 27, 2012WOLFEBORO — On Monday evening, Sept. 24 the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board met for its second time in September.
With several major events having just passed – the alumni reception, Kingswood Complex open house, and new staff reception – the board briefly reviewed the highlights of each.
At each Chef Patrick Brideau and his students in the culinary arts program, along with the students in the hospitality program, proved that they can more than satisfactorily handle the pressure of three back-to-back events such as these were. At the Friday, Saturday and Monday afternoon functions elaborate spreads of fancy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments were presented to attendees from sandwiches to deserts.
Friday's alumni reception, though not as well attended as the alumni association may have liked, was hopefully just the first of many. A catalyst for discussions of possibly making it an annual event, about 40 alumni, from a wide array of graduating classes, attended.
School Board Chair Stacy Trites took a moment at the meeting to thank Alumni Association President Kristie Smith for the work she and her fellow association members put in to making the reception happen. A lot of thought was put into contacting alumni and providing special touches such as displaying all of the past years' yearbooks (that they have) for alumni to review and offering complimentary game tickets to the homecoming football game.
The Kingswood Complex celebration on Saturday was also a success, with much of the credit being owed to the high school students themselves. Between preparing and serving the refreshments to the ribbon cutting ceremonies to the guided tours the students represented the school in such a professional and courteous way that both the school board members and Superintendent Jack Robertson commented on the praise they received on how personable, knowledgeable and kind they were.
A list of other key players who took part in the event's success includes Joanne Fiorini and Mary Patry, Chef Brideau and his students, the custodial staff, each of the speakers at the event, Scott Geisler and of course the attending alumni, staff and Governor Wentworth Regional School District residents.
On Monday afternoon yet another reception was held for the district's new staff at the Lakes Region Technology Center's Skylight Dining Room. It was there that the school board and administration got to meet and mingle with the new faces of the district and welcome them to the team.
Representatives of the Middleton School Board were present at the meeting to request that Governor Wentworth consider allowing the town's 7-12 grade students to attend Kingswood Regional Middle and High schools.
Currently Middleton junior and high school students attend Farmington's Henry Wilson Memorial School for seventh and eighth grades and Farmington High School for ninth thru twelfth.
With the town's Area Agreement with Farmington School District (in effect since 1972) up for renegotiation the Middleton School Board is interested in pursuing new opportunities for its roughly 150 middle and high school students. The intention would be to continue sending the town's K-6 grade students to the Henry Wilson Memorial School.
With many factors contributing to a request of this magnitude and in keeping the Governor Wentworth Regional School District students' best interest in mind the board voted to have Superintendent Robertson conduct an analysis on how this proposal might work.
"What you've always done and what you'll always continue to do is to do what is best for the students of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District," said Robertson to the board before adding that determining what the impact on the students would be and where they are best served is most important to a decision of this type.
The Middleton School Board will return after the board has had a chance to review Robertson's forthcoming analysis that is to include an abstract of what an agreement with Middleton might look like, the financial impact of such an agreement, and factors such as student capacity and staffing.
The school board will meet again on Monday, Oct. 15 beginning at 7 p.m. at Ossipee Central School. Following that it will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday evening, Nov. 5 at Tuftonboro Central School.