School Board Notes 11/30/17

posted Dec 1, 2017, 6:53 AM by   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 12:59 PM ]

Much of the Board’s November 15th meeting dealt with budget-type concerns. During our November 1st meeting, when we saw the assembled 2018-2019 proposed budget for the first time, the Board asked the Administration to find places to cut the budget down to a more manageable number. On the 15th we saw that most teacher requests for funding of new projects and initiatives had been eliminated. The Board agreed with the Administration on many of these eliminations and expects to look at the budget one more time before sending it to the Municipal Budget Committee in December.

Also at our Nov. 1st meeting the School Board was first approached by Select Board representative Steve Barry with a proposal for securing funding for building the town’s new security complex at the junction of North Rd. and Parade Rd., across the street from the gas station. Discussion at the Nov. 15th meeting led to the idea of including the town’s conservation committee in the conversation, with the goal of finding funding for the project while also preserving the undeveloped school-district property near the fairgrounds. Work on this idea will continue at future meetings.

Additionally, with the purchase of a new math program included in this year’s current budget, DCS is getting closer to making its choice. At the Nov. 15th meeting the Board heard a presentation by Ms. Heidi Cook, Ms. Erica Martin, and our new Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Chris Motika, that outlined where they are in the selection process. As part of the presentation we saw what the current needs of our DCS students are and also data from other New Hampshire schools and what math programs those schools have used. DCS has been piloting a new program in two classrooms this year and we expect to hear results from the pilot in the next couple months.