Board agrees to help fund student's trip to compete
May 03, 2011ALTON — The Prospect Mountain School Board met on Tuesday, April 19, and approved funding a student trip to California.
Senior Emily Jeffrey placed first in the Health Occupations Student Association State Competition in March and is seeking financial support for a trip to Anaheim, Calif. for national competition in June.
Jeffrey, who won in the category of Nursing Assisting came before the board and asked for $1,700 in support.
The costs include $400 for airfare if purchased before April 24, $250 for the hotel, $175 for food and $90 for registration for a total of $915.
Member Terri Noyes asked why the sum was different than the verbal request of $1,700 and was told by Principal Jay Fitzpatrick that there are additional costs.
Member Krista Argiropolis suggested approving all of the costs minus the meals, a total of $740, and leave the option for Jeffrey to return if she is unable to raise the rest of the money.
Jeffrey has already raised $300 through friends and family, and the board unanimously approved funding for Jeffrey in the amount of $740.
David Finethy came before the board with concerns about the way the administration and some main-stream teachers are treating students with 504 plans, which are set up for students with disabilities.
Chair Eunice Landry requested that the issue be brought up in a non-public session.
Finethy wanted the issue brought up in public so other parents could come forward, but the issue was discussed in a non-public session later in the meeting.
Election of the vice-chair and secretary were postponed until the next meeting.
Shayna Sweezy, the student representative, reviewed the results of spring sports programs, the Home and Garden Show, which was assisted by the junior class and the prom, which was held on April 23.
Sweezy also announced the official formation of the Drama Club and that auditions for the Pops concert were currently under way. The National Honor Society and the Future Business Club are sponsoring a "sticker shock" campaign, which puts warning labels on alcohol in local stores.
Fitzpatrick reported that five students received Granite State Honors. He also said the freshmen English and Civics teachers are working on their curriculums to make them as consistent as possible.
He also reported that Gilford Well is drilling a new well on site, and some of the science classes are studying it to learn about soil and rocks.
Fitzpatrick also reported that a team of boys would be competing in the Seat Belt Challenge on May 6, the Buildings and Grounds committee will be reviewing drainage issues on the ball fields and that Professional Development Committee recently approved the Professional Development Plan.
Superintendent Paul Bartolomucci informed the board that they can attend the Edies, and that there are no awardees from PMHS.
Bartolomucci reported that the administrative team had their first meeting with the Southeastern Regional Education Service Center (SERESC). He said a follow up meeting for faculty, students and parents will be held with SERESC.
Bartolomucci talked about the importance of the "sticker shock" program discussed by Sweezy. He said it is important to educate parents to be aware of the liquor in the home because that is where most underage drinkers find their alcohol.
Member Jeff St. Cyr reported that the Finance Committee recently met and that they will have the audit information soon.
Business Administrator Chuck Stuart told the board that he has developed a procedure within the budget process to determine possible retirees and notify them of contracted procedures if they decide to retire.
Landry stated that the board has a written waiver from PMHS union regarding the recent retirement bonus indicating that the decision doesn't set precedence.
The board approved the 2011/2012 school calendar, with the only difference between the PMHS and Barnstead Elementary School being the start date.
The board approved the nominations of Amanda Logan, who is the administration's recommendation for the Family and Consumer Science teacher replacing Cindy Mitchell, and Tom Bourdeau, the administration's recommendation for the varsity boys' basketball coach for the 2011/2012 season.
The board accepted a letter of resignation from Katherine Cadorette, who is a Title I math teacher, effective at the end of the 2010/2011 school year.
The Prospect Mountain School Board is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the PMHS library.
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