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Kingswood construction in its final phase


High school graduation set for Saturday, June 16



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LAST SATURDAY, May 12, Kingswood Regional High School held its annual Junior/Senior Promenade at Cate Park in Wolfeboro followed by a cruise on the M/S Mount Washington on a perfect spring evening. (Kathy Sutherland photo) (click for larger version)
May 17, 2012
WOLFEBORO — In addition to the Adequate Yearly Progress results the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board learned about in its May 7 meeting (reported on in last week's GSN) the board also conducted its usual agenda items.

Ernie Brown reported from attending the 103rd Phase II constructing meeting that progress is really taking shape at the Kingswood complex.

Where once modular classrooms stood in front of the high school a swale for rainwater drainage mitigation is being dug. Of the 40 trailers used to hold classroom furniture and supplies in transition only about 14 are left.

Sections of the high school and Lakes Region Technology Center are nearing completion, but the middle school Phase II construction has been completed, said Brown.

The last project for Phase II construction will be the repaving of McManus Road in June/July.

New Board member Tim Eldridge said that he had been through the building less than a month ago and then again had a tour more recently.

"It's amazing to see what has happened. It's moving fast," he said of the progress.

Superintendent Jack Robertson asked if the board would like to utilize some of the funds from the Wood Estate in order to increase the board's annual scholarship given to each year's graduating top gold scholar.

The school board has traditionally provided a $1,000 scholarship, but now has the resources to increase that amount, possibly to $2,000 via the Wood Estate.

Wood Estate money can be used for field trips, special programs or scholarships, and has historically has been used for the benefit of a larger group of students rather than one individual.

Because of this and the effects of the current economy the board decided not to make any changes to the scholarship at this point. While everyone agreed on the importance of recognizing the top scholar with the scholarship already in place, many said they would rather see the Wood Estate funds benefit a group of students rather than one individual.

The board held a first reading of several policies that needed to be updated in order to meet Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) certification and state standards. These policies included facilities development, facility maintenance and planning, energy goals, and energy efficient equipment and appliances.

A second reading will be held at the board's next meeting.

Graduation will once again be held outdoors at the Kingswood complex rather than at The Nick, where it has been held for the last several years due to the ongoing construction project. Planned to be held in the fields the Kingswood Arts Center will be used as a backup in case of bad weather.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 22: Gold Scholars' Luncheon at the Wolfeboro Inn, noon.

Thursday, May 31: Academic Awards Night, KRHS, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, June 4: Retirement Reception, Skylight Dining Room, 4 p.m.

Monday, June 4: GWRSB meeting, Skylight Dining Room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 7: Scholarship Night, KRHS, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 8: Senior Banquet, KRHS, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 10: Baccalaureate, KRHS, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13: Lakeside Academy Graduation, 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 16: KRHS Graduation, KRHS, 10 a.m.

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