By Barbara Munsey
---- — 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.
Personnel – Melissa Barr was approved as the varsity winter spirit coach.
Next Meeting – The next meeting is scheduled for December 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., in the Town Hall. A meeting with the Budget Committee is also scheduled for December 18, at same time and place. Meetings are open to the public and regular meetings televised on ETV.
Epping School Board News Corner is based on draft meeting minutes and is an unofficial meeting summary. Approved meeting minutes and other district and school publications can be viewed on the Epping School District, SAU14 website at www.sau14.org. Contact information is also located on the website.