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Bid opening for first phase of Kingswood project is next Tuesday



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TUFTONBORO CENTRAL SCHOOL fifth graders from Ms. MacPhee’s class acted in skits pondering the theme, “What would it be like it to be in that person’s shoes?” and demonstrating how they can learn acceptance by looking at a situation from another’s standpoint. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
November 05, 2009
TUFTONBORO — Pictures depicting a recent trip to Spider Web Gardens, construction paper versions of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, as well as posters declaring "when I'm grown up, I want to be…" were among the artwork displayed on the walls of Tuftonboro Central School, where the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board was welcomed by Principal Kathy Koukal this past Monday, Nov. 2.

Kingswood project update

Chair of the Building and Maintenance Committee Ernie Brown stated that the committee will be opening bids for phase I next Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the SAU office.

With obvious enthusiasm, Brown mentioned the board would be reviewing the bids in hope of moving forward, though he anticipates a complicated bidding process due to the large number of candidates in the select list of bidders and the large amount of material to cover. Bidders from the select list include nine general contractors, five site contractors, five turf contractors and seven mechanical contractors. In addition, CMK Architects has provided 175 drawings for phase I alone plus two volumes of specifics.

Once a general contractor is chosen, a date will be set for the groundbreaking ceremony.

A total of 12 qualification packages have been received for Phase II so far.

The committee will be meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. after the bid opening.

Swine flu

Superintendent Jack Robertson stated that Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health at the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, anticipates the flu to peak within the next week. Though designated a level six pandemic, Robertson clarified that the level relates to how wide spread the disease is, not the intensity of it, as many people think.

In a letter sent home to parents on Oct. 28 Robertson commented on the issue as it relates to the district.

"I have become aware of confirmed cases of H1N1 flu within the boundaries of the School District as well as in neighboring communities. While there only have been a few cases close to home and there is certainly no need to panic, I believe it is important to keep you informed…" he stated.

The letter reminds readers of the symptoms of Swine Flu as well as some precautions that should be taken.

"Stay home from work or school if you are sick, cover your cough or sneezes with your sleeve, and wash your hands frequently."

The district Web site, www.govwentworth.k12.nh.us, includes information from New Hampshire Health and Human Services. For more information parents are urged to visit www.flu.gov.

The Wedding Singer

Opening night of the high school production of "The Wedding Singer" is tonight, Nov. 5, in the Kingswood Regional High School auditorium at 7 p.m. A slightly different version of the popular movie, the musical will also be presented Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. as well as Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m.

Budget time

Mary Patry, business administrator for the district, announced that budget time has begun. The preliminary budget will be presented at on Dec. 7 at the next school board meeting by Budget and Finance Chair John Widmer. Final adoption of the budget is scheduled for Jan. 4.

Three seats on the board will also be voted on at the March 2010 town elections, including school board members from Effingham and Ossipee, and a school board member at large. Both the budget and board candidates will be presented to district voters on Tuesday, March 9.

RTI

Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert spoke about Response To Intervention (RTI), a "multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems," currently used through the district's elementary schools.

Initiated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, RTI integrates assessment and intervention. By implementing RTI, schools can "identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student's responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities."

Though there's no uniform way in which each of the district's six elementary schools implements RTI, the key concepts – monitoring progress frequently and knowing when to make changes in a student's instruction – maintain a common thread. The theory so far has been well received by both staff and students.

An ongoing, dynamic process, Cuddy-Egbert stated that the next steps for RTI are to continue to share information, develop a consensus and professional skills, and formulate procedures for the data-based theory. Overall RTI helps target and evaluate students more frequently by providing "an organizational framework for instructional and curricular decisions and practices based on students' responses."

Robertson stated that RTI aligns well with the district's vision statement, "Helping each child create the future." More information on RTI can be found at the Web site www.rti4success.org.

The school board meets again Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at Carpenter School.

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

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