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December 19, 2013

Epping School Board News

EPPING - Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the December 5, 2013 School Board Meeting.

Norman St. Laurent Scholarship – The Board approved a scholarship in memory of Norman St. Laurent. Mr. Laurent was the first son of Epping to die in combat in World War II. The scholarship will award $2,000 per year to a graduating senior wishing to further his/her education at a college, university, trade or technical school.

Policy – The Board held a second reading on Section F facilities, H negotiations, and L education agency relations as recommended by the Policy Committee.

District Administrator Reports – a. Food Service Director reported that the middle school was the first NH school to be audited for compliance with new state and federal regulations. She stated that the food service staff should be proud of all the work they have done to meet the new regulations. The audit requested that one section of policy be changed to match practice and a review of Policy EF Food Service Management was recommended. b. Special Services Director gave a presentation on the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, school district responsibilities, and student data. This school year the district has 8 homeless Epping students and 2 homeless students being shared with other communities. c. Per the request of the Board the Technology Director reported on technology expenditures for the last six years. In the past two years technology expenditures have been less than that stated in the district’s Technology Plan. Technology tours will be scheduled for Board members. d. Facilities Director presented road access options for addressing traffic flow at the elementary school. None of the options were found viable at this time. It is recommended that administration look into changing dismissal practices including having buses pickup and drop off students in another location. e. Business Administrator presented a draft warrant and an explanatory summary for each article. The Board voted 5-0-0 to approve $50,000 to be added to the Buildings and Grounds Capital Reserve Fund with funds to come from fund balance and no amount to be raised from additional taxation. The Board voted 4-0-1 (one member abstaining) to approve the two year Teachers’ Agreement. The Board voted 5-0-0 to approve the budget article. f. Superintendent provided a written update on district goals.

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  • EMS Students Take Part in Film Festival

    The Epping Middle School Student Leadership Team took part in the Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival on June 2. Their short film "Where One Post May Lead" focused on the dangers of substance abuse and the appropriate use of social media. The Granite Youth Film Festival is a unique opportunity for young filmmakers to write, direct, shoot, and star in their own productions, designed to ignite change in the community. Students were able to see their work up on the big screen at the O’Neil Cinema in Epping. Maylee Gagnon and Ben Fowler represented the team and were interviewed on the creation process and how it felt to be a star on the big screen. The project was directed by Guidance Counselor Nick DeGruttola and Media Specialist Thelma Thompson. Representatives from the EMS Leadership Team are pictured above, from left, Abby Simard, Jasmyne Bickford, Maya Martin, Maylee Gagnon, Rachel Martin, Ben Fowler, Colin Farris, Nathaniel Marshall, Megan McFadden.

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  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Updated 16 hours ago 1 Photo
  • Students on the Rise Posted 22 hours ago
  • 'How To Talk So Kids Will Listen' Posted 22 hours ago
  •  Successful Conservation Collaboration

    On June 17, the sophomore class of Sanborn Regional High School made a field trip to the Old Frye Town Forest, one of Kingston's five town forests, to assist the Kingston Conservation Commission in the removal of invasive plants from the area near the trailhead, notably, an extensive and aggressive patch of Japanese knotweed. This project was the culmination of the school's third year of intra-curricular collaboration with the Commission to address local environmental issues, and to make conservation an area of study and research. Congratulations from the Commission to the teachers and students for a job well done!

    Successful Conservation Collaboration Posted 6 days ago 1 Photo
  • Volunteer of the Year

    Atkinson Academy Elementary School has named its Volunteer of the Year for 2014. Timberlane Regional High School graduate Ashley Higham, right, received the award from teacher Meredith Bastien, pictured left. Ashley volunteered her services three days a week for two hours in 5-K Intensive Needs classes during the school year.

    Volunteer of the Year Posted 6 days ago 1 Photo
  • July 24, 2014
  • EMS Honor Roll Posted 7 days ago
  • 'Working with Schools' Workshop Posted 7 days ago
  • July 17, 2014
  • Students on the Rise Posted 14 days ago
  • EEH Honor Roll Posted 14 days ago

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Obituaries
  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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