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Meadows project eking forward

November 03, 2010
After a few setbacks, the School District may have crossed its final hurdle in getting the Meadows project underway.

Gilford School Board member Sue Allen, also a representative of the Meadows Advisory Committee, announced during Monday night's School Board meeting that the district has received its second extension in filing a permit application.

The extension approval had been stalled by well monitoring of the Meadows during this past growing season.

"We needed more time to put the information together," said Allen, who plans to attend a meeting Nov. 10, along with engineer consultant Paul Fluet and Gilford Superintendent of Business Scott Isabelle for a review of the most recent information.

On Nov. 17, Fluet will present this information to the MAC, and on Jan. 4 to the School Board.

The permit application must be submitted to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services by Jan. 14. According to Allen, the DES will respond to the submitted application by Feb. 28.

"With this extension, everything should be back on track now," said Allen.

School Board Chairman Kurt Webber asked where the School District now stands with the Gilford Conservation Commission, which is concerned about the Meadows project and the wetland impacts it may have.

Allen said the board is required to give the commission a copy of the application, as well as a copy of DES's response by the end of February.

The board also approved a warrant article asking voters to replace the Gilford Elementary School boiler for $195,000. The capital reserve fund would be used to cover $50,000 and then a remaining $145,000 would be raised and appropriated.

At the conclusion of the meeting, before approving the proposed 2011-12 School District calendar, the board discussed potentially combining the two spring vacations into one week on the calendar.

Board members believed that taking these measures may prevent GHS students from missing classes at the Huot Technical Center in Laconia, or struggling to find transportation of their own.

Webber also suggested if these two spring vacations were merged into one week, that it may be a good idea to coincide with Lakes Region Community College's spring break, due to a high amount of single parents with children in school.

Merging 2012 spring vacations in Feb. 27 March 2 and April 23-27 would also mean students would get out of school one week earlier on June 7, 2012 rather than June 14, which some board members said seemed early.

The board voted to send a letter to surrounding School Districts for their input.

Martin Lord Osman
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