By Barbara Munsey
---- — EPPING —Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the December 19, 2013 School Board Meeting.
Policy – The Board approved Section F facilities, H negotiations, and L education agency relations policies as recommended by the Policy Committee. A first reading was held on Policy EF Food Service Management. This policy is being revised as requested by the state audit.
School Administrator Reports – School Principals reported that the schools celebrated the holiday season with winter concerts, choral sings at the Rockingham County Nursing Home, and various charitable activities. Elementary and middle schools continue to implement the Math in Focus program with professional development and additional student supports. All schools will begin the second round of STAR testing to assess student progress in reading, English language arts, and mathematics and identify students needing additional support. A discussion was held on high school absences, tardies, and athletic/extra-curricular consequences. No action was taken. This year all sophomores were given the PSAT with the hope that the scores and resources will yield positive benefits in the future. The Senior Class Trip to Hershey Park and Jim Thorpe Rafting/Biking was approved.
Financial Business – The 2014 warrant was revised to reflect recommendations made by district counsel. The warrant article information materials were revised to reflect the warrant changes and recommendations made at the Budget Committee meeting. The Board approved the 2013 District Report Card, which will be printed in the annual report.
Next Meeting – The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 16, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the SAU office. A public hearing is scheduled for January 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Epping Town Hall. A meeting has been scheduled prior to the public hearing at 6:00 to address any petition warrant articles. 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.