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Howard Bean Sr. to be honored on Kingswood's Memorial Rock

September 29, 2009
WOLFEBORO — The Governor Wentworth Regional School District held a brief meeting last Monday, Sept. 28, after attending a dinner during the new staff reception held at the Skylight Dining Room.

On behalf of the Alumni Association, Ed Roundy requested that the late Howard E. Bean, Sr.'s name be added to Memorial Rock, located off McManus Road. The association would like to have the plaque mounted during the upcoming Oct. 30 home Kingswood football game against Kennett High School. Roundy spoke briefly of Bean's contributions, time and volunteerism over the years. The board fully supported the idea. The Alumni Association is accepting donations to cover the cost of the plaque.

In addition, Superintendent Jack Robertson thanked Roundy for all the work he has done in keeping the Alumni Association going, to which Roundy replied, "It's been worth it."

The board voted to elect member Charlene Seibel to again represent the board on the New Hampshire School Board Association (NHSBA).

Robertson updated the board on the resolution Seibel had presented to the SBA last year on behalf of the district. The board's proposal asks, "to remove the requirement of Commissioner approval for school calendars that comply with Department of Education regulations." Robertson recently received an e-mail from Dean Michener, Associate Director of the Association, confirming that the legislation is moving forward and that action is taking place.

If passed, the proposal will give school districts back local control over the school calendar, provided any revisions to a calendar meet state standards.

Robertson also informed the board of the administration's desire to attain CHPS certification for New Hampshire High Performance School status. If acquired, the district will receive an additional three percent in building aid. The certification process requires the district to meet many standards falling under the categories of Policy and Operations, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, as well as others. This means, Robertson concluded, that the board will be seeing many new policy recommendations and revisions in order to update the current standards. The district is working with a commissioning agent who ensures that the plans for the renovation and expansion project meet the certification standards.

Ernie Brown stated that the Building and Maintenance Committee is "down to the wire" in finalizing specifications for the contract to go out to bid next month. The committee continues to meet regularly in an effort to move forward with the process.

Student Representative Tim Campbell updated the board on the school's Spirit Week competitions and festivities. In addition, he announced that the Drama Club would be presenting "The Wedding Singer" Nov. 5, 6, and 7.

The GWRSB will meet again on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ossipee Central School.

Heather Terragni can be reached at 569-3126 or hterragni@salmonpress.com

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