STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE to the School Board Matthew Lounsbury (left) introduced incoming representative for the 2012-13 school year New Durham’s Nils Babcock who will be a senior in the fall. Lounsbury had just received a Colby College sweatshirt, where he will be studying education in the fall, as a parting gift from the school board. In addition to his new duties as Student Representative to the School Board Babcock is a member of the Quiz Bowl team, Math Team and Youth and Government. He also plays on the school’s tennis team. (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
June 07, 2012WOLFEBORO — Amid the annual list of high school senior events attended by many on the board and which mark the end of yet another academic year, the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board also found time to meet for it's final time this school year last Monday evening, June 4.
Kristie Smith, President of the Alumni Association, gave the board a final report of the association's doings throughout this past year.
As parts of the new high school are completed the alumni have been busy installing, with the help of school staff, all the past year's sports plaques and banners.
The alumni sports games continue in full force and a new athletic committee has been created to provide energetic and enthusiastic support for present day athletic programs. Along these lines the Alumni hope to create more special interest committees.
This year the association will be doling out its fourth annual scholarship to a deserving student.
Annual fundraising is done in order to provide the $1,000 scholarship. Currently the association is selling $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win Boston Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees tickets to a July 8 game.
In regard to the future she said, "We're very excited about the physical changes taking place at the complex and the wonderful opportunities this will provide for our students."
The association is looking forward to homecoming weekend in September when the completed facilities will be presented to the public in an official ribbon cutting ceremony and building tours. The group is hoping to organize an event that will coincide with this.
For those interested in joining the alumni association or wishing to make contact visit, http://krhs-alumni.org/ to learn more.
Along the same lines the board voted to approve a new stipend Alumni Association position. The stipend is not to exceed $5,000 and the usefulness of the position will be evaluated on a year-to-year basis.
Now that the Alumni Association has its own office in the new high school it would be a good time to get a solid framework in place, said Superintendent Jack Robertson, and this person would be in charge of that.
Other duties would include expanding the alumni Web site and database, capturing alumni, help get the associations by-laws in order, and work as a liaison between the association and administration.
The "Kingswood swimming pool" is what he gets approached about the most, joked Ernie Brown, who provided a Kingswood complex building update for the board. The large swale which is located in front of the high school has initiated some curiosity from the public. The fact is that it is a requirement of the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and provides for adequate drainage on the site.
The Kingswood Arts Center, middle school and Lakes Region Technology Center are all completed with the exception of a few minor touches, reported Brown. And five more areas of the high school are expected to receive a certificate of occupancy by the end of June.
The final touches of the project will include replacing old doors throughout the older parts of the high school, touching up painting, paving McManus Road, and of course working out small internal glitches as they arise.
"We're really down to the punch list," said Brown.
As the project nears completion and the excitement builds Robertson is reminded of how thankful the district is.
"We're very grateful to our taxpayers for supporting this and very happy for the kids now and in the future."
Wolfeboro resident and Gilford High School teacher Amie Cloos requested that the board research and consider developing a full day kindergarten program for the district's elementary schools.
As an educator for the past 12 years and parent of two young children, Cloos attested that there are enormous benefits to having a full day kindergarten program in public schools.
Realizing that the limited district budget may have an impact on such a program she asked if a program where parents could pay for the other half of the day would be possible. She offered examples of where supplemental tuition plans has made such programs possible.
Board Chair and member of the academic affairs committee Stacy Trites said that Academic Affairs would look into this possibility.
Rosemary Lounsbury, a Wolfeboro resident and parent to senior Matthew Lounsbury, took a moment to commend the board and district staff.
"As a parent and taxpayer in the district, I just want to express my thanks and admiration for all the things you do," she said of all the behind the scenes work that goes unrecognized.
"As my child is completing his thirteenth year here he has grown into the young man that he has because of the guidance and the nurturing, love and education that he has received… Your time, your dedication and your efforts may be unrecognized by many but aren't unnoticed by all, concluded Lounsbury before adding that Matt would be pursuing a career path in education himself when he starts classes at Colby College this fall.
Graduation ceremonies will be held for Lakeside Academy next Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. and for Kingswood Regional High School on Saturday, June 16, beginning at 10 a.m. on the Alumni Field behind the Kingswood Arts Center, which will be utilized in the case of rain. It was mentioned that it would be appreciated if attendees avoided wearing high heels as to protect the integrity of the new turf field.
The district's elementary schools will be holding ceremonies for their graduating sixth graders as well. To find out more about when and where those will be held contact the school of the student or check the district's Web site, http://www.govwentworth.k12.nh.us under "our schools."
The full School Board will not meet again until Monday, Aug. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. at the SAU 49 building on Pine Hill Road in Wolfeboro.