May 17, 2012BARNSTEAD — The Barnstead School Board met on Tuesday, May 8, and approved several personnel items.
The board accepted a pair of resignations for the positions of Title I/reading teacher and speech language therapist.
The board approved the hiring of a half-time guidance counselor, a new Title I/reading teacher and a new fifth grade teacher.
Principal Tim Rice said he is still working on hiring teachers for the positions of speech therapist, special education teacher and a second reading position.
Rice announced that the current enrollment of Barnstead Elementary School was 505 students.
Special Education Director Misty Lowe said that she would be conducting interviews to hire a new special education teacher.
Lowe talked about the pre-school screening that the school had recently completed and voiced concerns about meeting the speech and language needs of students coming in.
"I am not sure how I am going to meet those needs," Lowe said. "There are things we need facilities wise, equipment and professional development that will be needed."
Superintendent Dr. William Compton suggested alerting the budget committee of what the school will be dealing with.
An announcement was made about the band concert at Prospect Mountain High School that will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, the chorus concert will be held on Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at PMHS.
The board approved several recommendations provided by the buildings and grounds committee.
Vice-chair Eunice Landry explained that she talked to road agent Chris Carazzo about doing some paving work at the school but was told that the town couldn't do it any cheaper.
The board approved a bid by Advanced Excavation to do three separate projects with a total cost of $24,260, with the funds coming from the fund balance. The majority of the board approved the project, with Landry opposing the project.
The board also approved a plan for restructuring brought forward by Rice that will be funded by Title 2A grants from the state.
The board also approved a proposal by ESP for a new fire alarm and electronic keypad and additional cameras and a new DVR system that will used to monitor the gymnasium. The total cost of the project is $20,095.
The board also approved a bid by American Fence that will be paid out of the stipends from the school board members. The expected cost of the project is $6,200.
The board also approved the installation of two new lab sinks for the seventh and eighth grade science labs, with a cost of $4,138 plus shipping.
Landry brought up an issue about another SAU losing all their information that was on PowerSchool.
She was informed that the school backs up its information thoroughly.
The board approved a first reading of a policy on employee expense reimbursement for conference workshops.
This policy allows for reimbursement for mileage and for meals when they aren't provided at conferences.
The board also approved a first reading of a policy on home-school students being allowed to attend vocational school in Wolfeboro.
The board approved job descriptions for assistant principal and director of special education, with both including 210-day contracts.
The board approved the 2012-2013 calendar and announced that the last day of school this year will be on June 18.
The eighth grade graduation will be held on Friday, June 15.
Christine Blouin, the business administrator, asked the board to authorize the SAU to accept an oil bid as a member of co-operation. The reason for request is that there usually is a 24-hour window when the request comes in.
Landry and member Maureen Fitzpatrick will serve as members of reformed space needs committee.
Chair Diane Beijer talked about requests to purchase school jackets and said that the parents and students will be able to purchase apparel directly through the company.
During public input, a question was raised about the cameras that will be installed in gymnasium.
Member Kathy Preston and Beijer and pointed to the safety of the children as a reason for the cameras. Beijer explained that the cameras will help protect public property, which is taxpayer funded property and benefit of having a DVR.
Rice said that the cameras have no night vision and need ambient light to operate and have a limited zoom.
The next scheduled meeting of the Barnstead School Board is on Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m. at the Barnstead Elementary School library.
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