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School Board approves teacher contract

January 11, 2012
School Board members announced during their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 3 that they and the Gilford Education Association have reached a collective agreement on a two-year teacher contract with no increase to salary or benefits until the 2013/2014 school year.

Board members finalized the agreement during a non-public session, and gained approval of Budget Committee members on Thursday.

According to Superintendent Kent Hemingway, teachers will not receive any wage increase for the 2012/2013 school year. The next year, they are entitled to a step-increase averaging about 2.4 percent, with those at the top step gaining about one percent.

For student recognition, Hemingway turned to GMS Principal Marcia Ross for the Silver Hawk Award recipients for the first trimester. Recipients were, for the eighth grade, Tayla Dionne and Carter Mercer; seventh grade, Haley Bartlett and Jack Harding; sixth grade, Kaia Langathianos and Tyler McKinney; fifth grade, Riley Goodwin and Cal Schrupp.

Ross invited students who were present to stand and be recognized while she read some positive remarks about each one.

"We are trying to build a school culture around what really matters, and what is important," said Ross.

Hemingway added that they will probably be seeing these students recognized again as they continue in their academic careers through high school.

In other business, Hemingway said they were in the process of drafting preliminary changes to the Gilford High School cell phone policy.

"We need to make the distinction between accademic and social use, and make sure we have clairity on that," said Hemingway.

According to Hemingway, the policy changes would be implemented on a trial basis, and adjusted as needed.

School board members are also holding the final interviews to fill the GES and GHS principal positions on Jan. 23 and 24.

Chairman Kurt Webber also brought up the issue of naming school property after certain individuals, after the board fielded a a request to name the soccer field after coach Dave Pinkham.

"We have to make a decision on this," said Webber. "We need to make sure this doesn't fall through the cracks. If there is no policy in place, we need to make a policy."

Board member Sue Allen sugessted they make room for the issue on the at the February policy review meeting, as the January meeting will be booked with descussion over the cell phone policy.

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