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Kingswood renovation plans undergo changes

Scientific method
MRS. NANCY PERKINS’ fifth grade class at Effingham Elementary School has been studying the Scientific Method. Pictured with Mrs. Perkins are students (back row) Carlton Sanborn, Grace Bartoswicz, (front row) Jacob Ferland and Kayla Scates, who presented their projects and explained the key steps involved in the process to the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board at its May 4 meeting. Terragni, Heather. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2009
EFFINGHAM — Despite state building aid being currently in limbo, the Building and Maintenance Committee is not just sitting idly by. As reported by Committee Chair Ernie Brown at last Monday evening's Governor Wentworth Regional School Board meeting, the committee continues to meet with the project architects Al Corzilius and Chip Krause regarding concerns and comments gathered by the committee from frequent meetings with staff, faculty and administration.

In response to the input offered, several changes have been incorporated into the plans for the physical structures. Most notably the face of the multi-purpose building as well as the entrance to the practice gymnasium have been altered to appear less "boxy." Some curved glass and windows will allow for a sleeker multi-purpose building while the entrance to the practice gymnasium will be relocated altogether to soften its appearance. Other changes include moving the art classrooms to the north side of the building to provide optimal natural light and making adjustments to the auditorium control booth access-way as well as improving auditorium seating in order that both meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Brown concluded that the layout is a "work in progress" which the committee hopes to ultimately present to the public for input before the architects go out to bid in mid-August as anticipated.

With respect to the lacking state aid, Superintendent Jack Robertson announced that the Commissioner has approved the newly revised district calendar for the next two years rather than one. This extension was sought out by the administration as the district anticipates some delays due to funding.

The district will be taking part in the Strategic Plan for Arsenic Research in Kids (SPARK) study conducted by the New Hampshire Institute of Health Policy and Practice (NHIHPP) at the University of New Hampshire, as it did during the 2006-2007 school year. The study is designed to measure levels of arsenic in well water to determine high-level areas throughout New Hampshire and Maine. If found to be an area at risk the Institute works to educate local families and help to alleviate the situation. NHIHPP "examines the link between arsenic exposure in children and development of cognitive skills."

Between the Alert Now phone messages, letters sent home with students, conference calls and a board presentation the administration are doing all they can to inform and update students and parents throughout the district on the H1N1 Influenza. Aiming to "mitigate the panic" and emphasize healthy habits parents are asked to "be vigilant" about their children's health, "stay informed" of the influenza spread, to "teach children about healthy living," "keep sick children at home," and "follow the advice of the experts." As a reminder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "any child with symptoms should remain home for 24 hours symptom free," and "any probable case should remain home for seven days or 24 hours symptom free, whichever is longer." At this point the state is "not recommending cancellation of fieldtrips" and "not closing schools for confirmed and/or probable cases." The administration, who continue to monitor the situation within the state and district, are strictly following the guidelines provided by state and federal agencies, informing the community, involving health professionals, and taking extra precautions within the schools to keep it clean.

The statewide battle of the bands fondly known as Kingswoodstock will return to the Kingswood Regional High School auditorium on Saturday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. The event's low fee of $5 goes towards the high school's Student Assistance Program which "sponsors teens to attend summer programs such as the one from NH Teen Institute and Life Bridge, provide items to teens going through difficult times, and assist with access to prevention, intervention and treatment programs." Student Assistant Program Coordinator Karen Lovett has worked with Dave Roberge, owner/operator of Transit Music Group, LLC, to acquire "12 hours of studio recording time" to cut a demo CD for both the first place winner and runner-up. In addition to recording time, the winning band will appear on PFG-TV out of Manchester and perform "a weekend gig in New York City." With so much at stake it is expected to be a competitive, talent-strewn, fun-filled event for all to enjoy.

Kingswood's Junior-Senior Prom will be this Saturday, May 9, aboard the M/S Mount Washington. The promenade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Cate Park in Wolfeboro for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the trendy prom-goers.

The Governor Wentworth Regional School Board will meet again on Monday, May 18, at 8 p.m. in the Region 9 Vocational-Technical Education Center following a joint boards meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

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