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Sawyer appointed as new GHS Principal

February 08, 2012
School Board members voted to accept the nomination of current Assistant Principal Peter Sawyer as Gilford High School's new Principal for the 2012-2013 School Year during their meeting Monday, Feb. 6.

Superintendent Kent Hemingway nominated Sawyer, stating in a letter to School Board Chair Kurt Webber that "Peter has served the Gilford community in many capacities, and has exhibited superior leadership skills."

Following the board's affirmative vote, the room erupted into applause and congratulations for Sawyer.

Later on in the letter, Hemingway states, "I have great faith that Peter will lead the next generation of academic, athletic and artistic advancements at Gilford High School with the strong support of staff and community."

In other business, board members accepted a donation from the Meadowbrook Charitable Foundation to fund new music teaching software for the Gilford School District. Foundation representatives pledged to fund the software license and subscription fees for four music teachers and purchase six dedicated computers. Two computers will go to the high school, two to the middle school, and one each to Gilford Elementary and the Gilmanton School. Students will need to purchase a $30 subscription each year, and the Meadowbrook Foundation has offered financial assistance to students who may be unable to pay the fee. Additionally, students will no longer need to purchase the Methods book usually required for music courses, which Music Teacher Paul Warnick estimated to cost between $7 and $10.

Warnick explained the benefits this program will bring to music students in helping with at-home practice time and learning new material.

In other business Monday night, board members approved changes to the policy regarding student cell phone use during school hours. Board members and school administrators stressed that the changes are for a temporary trial basis beginning Monday, Feb. 13 through the next school vacation.

According to Sawyer, students will be permitted to use their cell phones during lunch breaks and between classes. Sawyer added that students may not leave class for bathroom breaks to check messages or, during permitted times, text fellow students who are still in class.

Sawyer hoped this might relieve students' stress and reduce prohibited cell phone use because students will now know they can check their messages about every 70 minutes.

While he had faith that GHS students would not abuse this privilege, Sawyer was quick to point out that the policy changes are being enacted on a trial basis only, and could be reversed if any issues arise.

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