School Board Announcements
The Board would like to thank everyone who braved the blizzard to get out and vote on Tuesday. In case you haven’t heard yet, here is a quick summary of the results:
Deerfield School District
Article 1: The proposed 2017-2018 budget passed.
Article 2: The new three-year contract with the para-educators passed.
Article 4: Adding $30,000 to the Facilities Repair Trust Fund passed.
Article 5: Replacing the DCS gym floor ($102,000) failed.
Article 6: Adding $35,000 to the Facility Paving Trust Fund passed.
Article 7: A request asking the District to form a standards-review board and to notify parents of their children’s participation in Smarter Balanced testing passed.
Article 8: A request asking the District to monitor its involvement in competency-based education and Performance Assessment Competency Education (PACE) passed.
Article 9: Rescinding the authority of the Municipal Budget Committee (MBC) to set the proposed budget failed.
Article 10: Delegating determination of the default budget to the MBC failed.
Election results: Jim Deely and Ken Heckman
The School Board would like to thank all of the voters who attended the Deerfield School District Deliberative Session on the February 11th. Here is an update on the current status of the warrants.
Voting day for these warrant articles is Tuesday, March 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the the town hall. Voters will also be electing two members to three-year terms on the school board that day. Alphabetically, the candidates are:
Jim Deely (current board member), Ken Heckman (current board member), Leila Thompson, Kevin Verville
We look forward to seeing you there!
There will be a School Board meeting on Monday 2/13/17 at 3pm in the school library.
At our February 1st meeting the School Board finalized plans for the Deliberative Session, which is happening this Saturday morning at 9 am at DCS. We met with Moderator Jack Hutchinson to coordinate the agenda and made other preparations to ensure a smooth meeting.
One warrant article that will likely involve some discussion on Saturday is Article 1, the proposed operating budget. As people are likely aware, the Municipal Budget Committee decided to present a budget to the voters that is almost $500,000 less than what was proposed by the School Board. If approved at the Deliberative Session and on Voting Day in March then it would become the school’s budget for next year. In preparation for this possibility, Superintendent Sherman and Principal Yergeau presented to the Board last week the places where this money might come from. While their proposal eliminated money from several programs, the most affected was DCS personnel; the administration argued that meeting a budget cut that large would likely eliminate around four teaching positions. If the MBC budget is accepted by the voters, this proposal would serve as a starting place for our discussions. Final budget decisions rest with the School Board.
Since deliberative sessions involve motions being made, debated, and amended, the Board proposed the idea of providing background information to voters to assist in keeping up with the discussions that may happen. This document, entitled Background Information, can be found on the school’s website (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxVL913rNwPOOGxDczcwTk0tRFk/view) and will also be available at the Deliberative Session Saturday morning. Remember that babysitting will also be provided so that interested parents can attend. We hope to see you there! - Nate Oxnard
The School Board would like to welcome two familiar faces back to the DCS administrative team for July of 2017. At our January 25th meeting the Board voted to accept Superintendent Sherman’s nominations of Chris Smith for DCS principal and Brian Grieve for assistant principal next year.
Mr. Smith, who has been working as DCS assistant principal since last summer, has been impressed by the school’s sense of community and the teachers’ high level of commitment. His work experience has included years of teaching as well as administration, including two recent years as principal of a PreK-8 school in Vermont. Mr. Smith has earned two master’s degrees in Secondary Teaching and Educational Leadership and is currently working on a third. He sees a great deal of potential in Deerfield and is excited about using his previous administrative experience and research to meet the needs of our students at DCS.
Mr. Grieve worked as the DCS assistant principal from 2012 - 2016. For family reasons he decided to move to South Carolina last year, but upon experiencing education outside of New Hampshire, his family decided that our school is a better match. Mr. Grieve looks forward to re-establishing the rapport that he had developed with the community and helping lead DCS into its next phase.
We would like to thank all who served on the search committee as well as parents who came to our Meet the Candidates Night and provided their input. There were many insightful comments that helped the Board in our deliberations, and we are confident in our district’s choices. We look forward to the next chapter at DCS!
- Nate Oxnard
The School Board made the decision this evening to hire Chris Smith as next year's principal and has hired Brian Grieve to return as the assistant principal. Congratulations to both for enduring a very long, thorough and grueling interview process.