By Barbara Munsey
---- — EPPING - Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the March 21, 2013 School Board Meeting.
Board Reorganization –Welcome to newly elected member Chris Sousa and to re-elected member Dave Mylott. Dave Mylott will serve as Chairman and Shannon Boelter as Vice-Chairman.
Policy – The Board received a proposal to secure the gymnasiums from the rest of the school building to make for easier implementation of the recommended facilities use policy. Administration will bring cost breakdown to next meeting. The Board also conducted a second 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.
Administrator Reports – EES Principal Vallone reported that students raised $1,565 for the American Cancer Society and kicked off the Jump Rope for Hoops for Heart program. An assembly on The Magic of Science and the I Love to Read Jamboree were held. EES is applying to the UNH teaching intern program and is exploring a literacy consortium with local schools. Kindergarten screenings are being held and planning is underway for the new playground and summer programs. EMS/EHS Principal Repucci reported on the revised competency-based grading and reporting guidelines developed with Parent Representative Carleton. The most recent revision emphasizes different kinds of assessments, multiple opportunities in which to demonstrate learning, performance assessments, and scoring rubrics.
Parent conference appointments are being scheduled for April 8th. The EMS Washington, DC trip was approved. 92% of EMS students improved their NECAP results and 48% of the junior class qualified for privileges. The National Junior Honor Society inducted nine new members. The EMS transition 5th grade parent night is scheduled for April 9th. The EHS transition 8th grade parent night is scheduled for April 3rd. The EHS Program of Studies was also approved. Superintendent Munsey provided a student selection protocol for Seacoast School of Technology. It was explained that next school year there is more student interest than funding.
The revised English/language arts competencies were revised to align better with the middle and elementary schools and work being done with other NH high schools. The Board approved the revisions.
Financial/Facilities – The paraprofessional agreement was signed. The capital reserve fund and fund balance retention authorization will be acted upon at the end of the school year. The Board authorized the old playground equipment be offered first to Town Recreation and then to the highest bidder. Due to the lead time the Board authorized a deposit for the playground equipment. A work session will be held on March 25th to address the default budget. The meeting is being held in the Town Hall at 6:00 pm and is open to the public.
Next Meeting – The next meeting is scheduled for Thurs., April 4, 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.