EPPING —Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the January 16, 2014 School Board Meeting.
Policy – In the second reading Policy EF Food Service Management was revised for middle and high school students with insufficient funds to receive emergency meals like that provided to elementary students.
School Administrator Reports – EES Principal reported that the school held its first mid-winter chorus and band concert and students are rehearing for the school’s biggest stage production in years. Teachers will be conducting a walk-through observation of writing, studying the Math in Focus curriculum, and working on revising science units. The second phase of the STAR assessment, used in the district-wide Response to Intervention model, is underway. School and district staff have been meeting to discuss ways to improve arrival and dismissal at the elementary school. EMS and EHS Principal reviewed the 2014-2015 Program of Studies. Changes included an increase in course load minimum requirements and additional explanation for extended learning opportunities, NH Scholars Programs, etc. EMS teachers are working on drafting grading and reporting guidelines. Parent meetings will be planned to receive feedback. EMS and EHS teachers are preparing for the upcoming NEASC accreditation visit. EMS is also planning for a student play produced through the MS Artist in Residence Program. Revised EMS and EHS student behavior, attendance, and tardy and consequences guidelines were approved by the Board.
Financial Business – The district is anticipating a fund balance of $263,750 mostly due to an insurance refund. This will cover the fund balance return included in the 2014-2015 revenue portion of the budget. The copier bid was awarded to Ricoh. It was reported that in 2013 the district saved $25,464 using a secondary electricity supplier. A public hearing was held on January 15. The warrant and warrant explanation information was revised and state reports signed. The charter school request for a differential tuition payment was denied.