By Barbara Munsey
---- — EPPING —Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the February 20 School Board Meeting.
Guests – Auditor Tamar Roberts reviewed the 2012-2013 financial report. The district ended the school year with a positive fund balance and a clean audit with no findings.
Policy – Policy EF Food Service Management was approved. The policy was revised so that middle and high school students with insufficient funds could receive up to 5 emergency meals. Policy K governing school and community involvement, communications, safety, and facilities was revised and recommended by the Policy Committee for a first reading.
School Administrator Reports – The elementary school report highlighted student fundraising for the NHSPCA and American Heart Association. EES is celebrating reading with a reading jamboree. The second universal screening STAR assessment has been completed as part of a district-wide Response to Intervention initiative. The middle school report highlighted the Artist in Residence play production, the new Science Bowl Team, and Scholastic Art Awards. The high school report highlighted Scholastic Art Awards and the Penguin Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics of NH. The Board approved an amendment to the Program of Studies for Virtual Learning Academy classes to count towards athletic and extracurricular eligibility. The athletics report recognized NHIAA Scholar Athletes. Jimmy Stanley was also recognized for being the 9th boys’ basketball player in history to score 1,000 points. The Board approved exploring the Life of an Athlete program. The district NECAP results were reviewed. NECAP was first given to grades 3 to 8 in 2005 and to grade 11 in 2007. The 2013 NECAP is the last as the state will be transitioning to a new assessment program. Over this period student proficiency in reading and mathematics improved from below state average to significantly above state average. It was reported that this data shows the dedication and hard work of our school staff. The Board approved the 2014-2015 school calendar.
Financial Business – The projected year-end fund balance has been impacted by increasing special education costs and heating costs, but it is anticipated to cover the budgeted revenues and capital reserve fund. Voting, the second session of annual meeting, will take place on March 11.
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.