February 22, 2012BARNSTEAD — Principal Tim Rice reviewed the scores of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests from this past fall during the Barnstead School Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Seventy-two percent of the students in grades three through eight at Barnstead Elementary School had proficient scores in Reading, meaning they scored a three or four on the test.
This was four percent better than the scores from last year in the reading category.
In math section, 67 percent of the students tested had a proficient score, which was two percent more than last year.
In the writing test, which only fifth and eighth grade students take, 35 percent of the students had a proficient score. This was a 16 percent drop from last year.
The writing score isn't factored in the school meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.
Rice said that the school would find out if they meet AYP sometime in March, and if they meet AYP in either the math or reading section, BES will no longer be included as a School in Need of Improvement (SINI)/District in Need of Improvement (DINI).
The board accepted with regrets the resignation of Gwen Starr as a Kindergarten teacher. Starr has been on maternity leave and then took a leave of absence, but she recently made the decision to not return to her position.
Christine Blouin, the business administrator, reported that she has received 10 applications for the position of food service director.
The list has been narrowed down to two finalists and the board will be receiving a recommendation in the coming weeks.
The board authorized Dr. William Compton to approve the hiring of a new food service director and a new Special Education director in the near future, as they won't be meeting again until March.
Vice-principal Misty Lowe talked about two open paraprofessional positions. Both are full-time and are one-on-one positions.
One is for a seventh grade student, and the other is for a first grade student.
The board approved a replacement for the first grade position and Compton will be approving the other position in near future.
Rice announced that the current enrollment as of Feb. 7 is 505 students.
Rice and the board talked about moving away from the NECAP test in three years and moving to another test that would be done all online.
The board agreed that it will be a challenge to have enough computers to allow students to take the test online.
Compton provided the board with several policies for a first reading. He provided the board with an updated policy on parents objecting to specific course material, which is being created as a result of House Bill 542. The board approved the policy for a first reading.
The second policy simply sets up a standard procedure for those wishing to object to materials, and the board approved this policy.
The board discussed the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget.
The Barnstead Budget Committee has cut a total of $74,387 out of the school budget.
Chair Diane Beijer talked about the budget committee and the school having a different bottom line number.
"It's been four or five years we have had a different number than the budget committee," Beijer said.
The school board approved a bottom-line budget totaling $10,858,987.39. This number includes $3,232,780.46 for funding Prospect Mountain High School.
The board briefly reviewed the warrant articles and talked about getting together to create slides that will shown at the annual school district meeting on March 24.
The board agreed to have legal council at the annual school district meeting to answer any possible legal questions from the public.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.
Tim Croes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126