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Prospect barely misses out on AYP

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
April 10, 2012
ALTON — During the Prospect Mountain High School Board meeting on Tuesday, April 3, Principal Jay Fitzpatrick reviewed the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for Prospect Mountain High School.

Fitzpatrick explained that the students had met requirements in reading and mathematics, but the school missed AYP by failing to meet the participation rate in the subcategory of economically disadvantaged.

"I stand before you to tell you that that we didn't make AYP," Fitzpatrick said. "I am very excited about how we did, but disappointed that we didn't make AYP."

He explained that the three-year average for participation in the economically disadvantaged was 95 percent, and that the school missed the number by 0.9 percent.

Fitzpatrick said as a result of one student "flat out refusing to the test" the school didn't make AYP.

The student was given multiple chances to take the test, but continued to refuse.

Fitzpatrick said the school would be appealing to the New Hampshire Department of Education.

At the beginning of the meeting, Krista Argiropolis was elected as the chairperson and Eunice Landry was elected as the vice-chair.

Mark Bingham, the history club advisor and history teacher at PMHS, came to the bord for approval of a field trip to Antietam, Maryland.

Bingham said that this is the club's fifth annual spring trip, and the board approved the trip, which is set for April 19-22.

Members Sandy Wyatt and Kathy Preston voiced their support for the program.

During the principal's report, Fitzpatrick talked about the success that the robotics team had during the recent state competition, as they made it to the semi-finals.

He also gave credit the boys' basketball team and its trip the state finals.

The board announced that Raymond Burton, the Executive Councilor of District One, penned a letter of commendation for the students' performance in the robotics competition and their professional and polite manner during the competition.

Superintendent Paul Bartolomucci announced the current enrollment of PMHS as 516 students, which is down significantly from the beginning of the year when the enrollment was 541 students.

He also talked about the two-year progress report from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The report recommended several areas that the school needs to work on.

Member Jeff St. Cyr announced that the Fiscal Year Audit for 2011 would be presented to the board in the coming weeks.

St. Cyr presented a recommendation from the finance committee to take more than $12,000 to pay for a new air-conditioning unit for the server room and nearly $54,000 to pay for improvements to the fire suppression system. The recommendations were approved by the school board.

Member Diane Beijer questioned Steve Miller, a newly elected member, about comments he made during candidates' night in Alton back in March.

Miller said he would go back and look at his comments and get back to Beijer at the next school board meeting.

The board approved a request for early graduation for a student that is graduating a year early.

The school board also approved continuing a $500 school board scholarship, where each school board member would donate $50.

The board approved a graduation date for PMHS for June 8.

Member Terri Noyes questioned if this date would conflict with baseball playoffs, and the board agreed to approve the date tentatively.

A proposed 2012-2013 calendar will be coming to the board at the next meeting.

A question was raised about the superintendent search.

Bartolomucci provided the board with a draft of a proposed process that was used when he was hired. The position is posted on the EdJobs Web site and will be open until April 17.

Bartolomucci explained that a one-month transition period would be appropriate for the superintendent.

The next scheduled meeting of the Prospect Mountain High School Board is on Tuesday, April 17, 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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