CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

March 28, 2013

Epping School Board News

By Barbara Munsey,, Superintendent
Carriage Towne News

---- — EPPING - Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the March 7, 2013 School Board Meeting.

Healthier US School Challenge Award – Epping Elementary School was awarded the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) Bronze Award. This award has been given to only 4% of schools throughout America. Schools must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in both nutrition and physical education for a healthier school environment. Food Service Supervisor Bush presented the school banner and plaque that was awarded to the school earlier that day. The food service department, teachers, school staff, parents, and students were thanked for supporting this initiative and congratulated on receiving this award. It was also announced that the food service department completed all the requirements to receive an additional 6 cents in federal reimbursement for each meal served.

Policy – The Board received facility user input on recommended changes to further enhance security and safety and conducted a second reading on the revised Regulations for Use of School Facilities. The Board also conducted a first reading on Student Transportation Services to address legal parental agreements and Grade Reporting for High School Students to align with the new grading and reporting system. It was also reported that administration continues to work with parents on the EHS grading and reporting guidelines. These guidelines will be presented at a future meeting.

Financial/Facilities – It was reported that the 2005 bond has been refinanced resulting in a savings of $365,689 over the life of the bond beginning in 2014. The district was also found to be compliant with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act after receiving a good inspection report. The Board was updated on progress made toward updating/addressing school and district safety protocols, facility safety resources, and other safety measures. This work has been designated a priority by the district. The Board approved the lowest telecommunication bids as required to receive e-rate funds.

Grading & Reporting Update/Discussion – District and School Administration opened up the discussion by reporting on the High School Competency-Based Grading and Reporting system. It was explained that the system was changed due to shifts in the awarding of high school credit based on competencies, increasing mastery of content to 70%, requiring standards for assessment of learning, grading on overall course and competencies (content and skill), permitting students to reassess their learning to achieve/improve mastery, and providing students and parents with more information on the report card. It was also reported that some issues were discovered during the first semester of implementation. Administration and parent representatives worked together to make recommendations for improvement. Many parents, students, and teachers spoke regarding their support of or their concern with the new system. The Board thanked everyone for their input. The administration’s recommendations, with some language changes to better communicate the new system, were approved. Please reference presentation on the district website at www.sau14.org.

Policy/Other – The Board received facility user input on recommended changes to further enhance security and safety and conducted a first reading on the revised Regulations for Use of School Facilities. The Board agreed to hold future sessions on athletic eligibility. The Board approved the 2013-2014 School Calendar, which uses a similar system to previous years, and adds two more student days by decreasing professional development days.

Personnel – The school nurse job description and 2013-2014 paraprofessional work year calendar were approved.

Next Meeting – The next meeting is scheduled for March 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the Epping Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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.