September 26, 2013WOLFEBORO — A brief Governor Wentworth Regional School Board meeting was held Monday evening, Sept. 23 following the New Staff Reception at the Skylight Dining Room in the Lakes Region Technology Center.
During the meeting it was discussed that three school district board member's seats will be up for grabs this March.
The Wolfeboro seat currently held by the board's Chair Stacy Trites, James Manning's Brookfield seat, and the At-Large position held by Charlene Seibel will all be on the ballot for potential newcomers who wish to run for a chance to serve on the school board. The filing period for school district officers is Jan. 22-31, 2014.
Other important dates regarding the budget timeline and March elections include: on Dec. 2, the board will vote to adopt the preliminary budget at its 7 p.m. meeting at Carpenter School and then, at the Jan. 6 school board meeting, the final budget will be voted on.
Jan. 7, 2014 is the last day to file a petition warrant article and the last day for collective bargaining.
Lastly, the district's deliberative session is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 and ballot voting will take place on Tuesday, March 11.
Academic Affairs' Diane Carlson reported that the group continues its review of policy KHC regarding the distribution of promotional and/or commercial materials.
The review was prompted by an earlier complaint made by New Durham Resident Duane Armstrong that the current policy is negatively affecting the Boy Scouts of America's recruiting efforts.
Because the organization has been unable to send home flyers with every student in the district, Armstrong stated that enrollment has dropped considerably over the past few years.
According to him it used to be the case that in addition to a representative from the Boy Scouts being given a few minutes to speak at opening day in each elementary school, flyers would be sent home with each student as well. However for the past several years the policy was changed so that the Boy Scouts and other organizations are limited to leaving pamphlets in the front office to be picked up by interested students whose interests might be piqued by an overhead announcement.
The Eagle Scouts put in over 1,300 community service hours in this area last year, he said, "but without Cub Scouts there are no Eagle Scouts."
Two years ago Armstrong said there were 35 new kids that signed up for Boy Scouts from Wolfeboro alone, however this year there were just 12 district-wide.
Academic Affairs anticipates a first reading of the revised policy at the next board meeting.
On behalf of the Buildings and Maintenance Committee Ernie Brown reported that an energy audit would be conducted on not just the district's elementary schools earlier identified as having poor efficiency ratings, but on all of the elementary schools in order "to get a good picture of what our needs and requirements are for when we are getting ready for warrant article for March."
Psychologist Lynn Lyons will be presenting information from her new book, "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children" on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Kingswood Regional High School.
For those interested this would be a great presentation for parents to attend in order to gain insightful and practical information recommended Superintendent Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert.
The school board will meet again on Monday, Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at Ossipee Central School.
This meeting can be viewed in its entirety on http://wolfeborocommunitytelevision.com.