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Resident concerned about possible sports policy

July 26, 2011
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain High School Board met on Tuesday, July 19, and Alton resident Kerri Symonds came before the board to talk about the possibility of prohibiting freshmen playing on the varsity baseball team.

Symonds heard that the article was going to be discussed and read a prepared statement against passing such an article.

Chair Eunice Landry said that no such article was going to be discussed and that it would initially be discussed at a policy meeting before coming to the school board for a vote. She encouraged Symonds to attend the next policy meeting in August and voice her input at that meeting.

Superintendent Paul Bartolomucci said both Principal Jay Fitzpatrick and member Lynda Goossens discussed the topic at a policy meeting.

Steve Miller came before the board asked about the wind power feasibility study.

Chuck Stuart, the business administrator, said that a temporary tower to collect data will be installed sometime in August near the tennis courts and data would be collected for a year. After that data is analyzed, a feasibility study will be written.

Bartolomucci announced that a winner was chosen to create domain name for all three schools; PMHS, Alton Central School and Barnstead Elementary School.

The new domain, www.ABProspectK12.org, will allow students to register and use the same login information throughout their entire school career.

He reported that the cost for registering the domain for three years will be nearly $90 and hosting fee should be about $5 a month.

Member Shawn White suggesting looking at other providers and said that he would send Bartolomucci a list of other options.

Bartolomucci reported that 11 members of the administrative team will be going on a retreat on Aug. 2 with the Southeast Regional Education Service Center (SERESC).

He said that retreat will focus on getting a better understanding of leadership system and setting goals and resolving issues.

Landry reported that the board had received a letter from Stephanie Burke thanking them for awarding her with the school board scholarship.

During the policy report, the board discussed a possible change to the student and athletic handbook that would prevent freshmen from participating in varsity sports.

Member Terri Noyes, whose husband coaches the varsity baseball and boys' soccer team at PMHS, received many calls on this issue and felt blindsided by the calls she received.

The policy will first be discussed in the policy committee, and then if it moves forward, it would come before the board for a first reading and then a second and final reading.

During the buildings and grounds report, the unsuccessful attempts to drill a new well was discussed.

Stuart said that there is no obvious answer to fixing the problem, but he suggested funding a report for a geological study, including looking at drilling at the edge of the property, and his suggestion was approved by the board.

Improvements to the drainage system at PMHS will be put out to bid, and that there are a couple of interested parties who are looking to work on the project.

Noyes questioned the timing of putting the project out for bids now. Stuart said that previously there was no interest in the project, and it may have been a timing issue.

The board approved an exchange student that will be sponsored by the Alton Centennial Rotary Club.

The board also approved a fuel bid for oil with a price of $3.20125 a gallon. The bid will allow the school to top off its tanks at the end of the year.

Stuart talked to the board about the school changing insurance coverage. Stuart said that the board had approved switching to Primex to cover property, liability and workers' compensation.

The board questioned if this would cover the superintendent, and Stuart said he would look into this and also check with other vendors.

Changes to the student parent handbook were tabled, as was voting on a new vice-chair and board secretary.

The next scheduled Prospect Mountain High School Board meeting is on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Mountain High School library.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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