EXETER — The following individuals were elected to the School Board: Brentwood—Dianne Vosgien and Jessie Hollister (Write-In); East Kingston— Christina Cassano Pelletier; Exeter—Kathy McNeill and John Maxwell; Exeter Region Cooperative—Maggie Bishop (Exeter), Alicia Heslop (Newfields), and Helen Joyce (Stratham); Kensington— Barbara Darby; Newfields— James McIlroy; and Stratham—Heidi Hanson and Travis Thompson.
In addition, three current members of the Exeter Region Cooperative Budget Advisory Committee were re-elected to three-year terms on March 13. These are David Pendell of East Kingston, Carl Robertson of Exeter, and Susan Canada of Stratham. Congratulations to all!
Students at Kensington Elementary School recently participated in its third annual Biggest Winner program inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. As part of this experience the fifth graders served food at the school that they helped to prepared with Nicholas Callas, executive chef at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.
A recent community forum held at the Cooperative Middle School (CMS) involved a combined effort between school counselors and the Stratham Police Department. This forum, which is one in a series that targets teenagers' risk factors, was titled, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Teen Drug And Alcohol Use In Our Community But Were Afraid To Ask."
Over the past 36 years, since 1976, Kensington Elementary School (KES) has had seven principals, including one who served only three months as an Interim Principal and one who served for one year. These include Frank Scala (1976-1989); Gary VanderEls (1989-1992); Robert Sinibaldi (Interim—September to November 1992); Robert Teel (1992-1994); Chester Lee (1994-2000); Thomas Meehan (2000-2001); and current principal Barbara Switzer (2001-Present).
Exeter High School (EHS) Senior Hillary Holmes earned All-American recognition in the National Pentathlon competition on March 10 in New York City. Nineteen young women from throughout the United States competed in the pentathlon. Hillary placed 3rd, just shy of 2nd place. The second place winner is also going to be Hillary's teammate at Cornell University this fall. Hillary is the daughter of Janel and Jeff Holmes, both of whom are teachers in the Exeter Region Cooperative School District.
Thank You for Your Service
Serving on a school board today is no easy task. The commitment of time and energy is often more significant that one imagines at first. SAU 16 has been fortunate over the years to have capable and dedicated individuals devote some of their community service efforts to help the students, families, and staff members of their respective communities. In addition to those individuals mentioned in my report last month, Townley Chisholm will also be leaving the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board. Mr. Chisholm faithfully served the Coop Board for six years and even served as Chair of the Board for one year. His service is sincerely acknowledged and gratefully appreciated.