By Barbara Munsey
---- — EPPING — Welcome to the Epping School Board News Corner for the May 2, 2013 School Board Meeting.
Guests – The Board approved moving forward to determine interest for a science trip to the marine and forest habitats of Honduras.
Facilities/Financial – a. Finances - The District is projected to be in good financial standing with $177,000 in projected surplus. This figure does not include funding the buildings and grounds capital reserve or the cost for outstanding safety, security, and facility projects. b. Playground - On April 22nd the Board attended a meeting of the Selectmen to determine the amount of impact fees that could be used for the playground. The Selectmen approved impact fees to cover fifty-percent of the total project cost. On April 25 the Board attended a meeting of the Playground Committee to discuss the status of the project. The committee recommended moving forward with the project balance coming from monetary donations and using a supervised build. The Board approved the elementary playground project as presented by the committee. On May 16 a public hearing will be held to accept the gifts/donations of the form of money and services.
Next Meeting –On May 20 at 7:00 p.m. there will also be a meeting of the district and town to begin discussion on facility/program needs and resources. All meetings are being held in the Epping Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
Nonpublic – The Board requested a comprehensive safety and security assessment of district schools. In nonpublic session, the Board was presented with the full report including the assessment and prioritized recommendations to improve safety and security.
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.