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New Year, New News! We’re trying out a new format for our district updates. We’re happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Note that our You Make the Difference! announcements are in a separate post. Look for the link on the right side of your page or click here.
School Board News
At their meeting on January 4, the School Board held a hearing to use capital reserve funds from the Equipment, Facilities Maintenance, and Replacement Capital Reserve Fund for construction of a secondary access road at Raymond High School. The project was awarded to Advanced Excavating. Work is expected to be completed by mid-May.
The School Board approved the overnight field trip request for the Annual Student Athlete Leadership Conference in March. They also authorized their Board Chair to sign a letter of support for the NH Schoolyard Action Grant at LRES. This grant would provide for an inventory of natural resources in the eco-trail area as well as some professional development resources for teachers to incorporate those resources into their curriculum.
Steve Woodward presented a proposed schedule change for next year at RHS. This proposed schedule is an 8-period block schedule with reteach/enrich periods built in. Mr. Woodward will be holding a parent forum to discuss the proposed changes and will be bringing the schedule back to the Board at an upcoming meeting for final action.
Ron Brickett reviewed the options for the LRES bond interest rate and the School Board voted to use the level principal funding for twenty years, with an interest rate of 3.25%.
The School Board reviewed and approved the draft version of the warrant articles. To date, our warrant articles include the LRES construction bond, the operating budget, capital reserve funds, the RESS Collective Bargaining Agreement, call for a special meeting if the CBA warrant article doesn’t pass, an advisory article regarding outsourcing our food service program, and approval for the District to grant an easement to the Town of Raymond to access a well site on Raymond High School property. Regarding School Board positions, we have one three-year position and one two-year position on the warrant.
There was some discussion regarding the presentation of warrant article information to the community, including taping programs with RCTV and writing letters to news outlets.
Lastly, the School Board voted on some NHSBA Delegate Assembly Resolutions left to be addressed from their December 21 meeting.
Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 PM, LRES Bond Public Hearing, RHS Room 109
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 PM, Regular School Board Meeting
The following public hearings are also scheduled:
Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 PM, Budget Committee Public Hearing on the School District Budget, RHS Media Center
Thursday, January 12, 7:00 PM, Budget Committee Public Hearing on the School District Warrant Articles, RHS Media Center
You can always visit our Voter Information Page throughout our budget and voting season.
Biometric Screening Scheduled at RHS March 17
Registration is open to SchoolCare members for the biometric screening on March 17th. This screening was scheduled for the morning of our in-service day to allow for our member employees to take advantage of the opportunity. Appointments are 15 minutes long and you can earn a $100 cash incentive. You can see the flyer with more information about the biometric screening here.
You can register by going to your Good For You! account under the “Events” icon on the top right.
Accessing the Digital Library
From the NH DOE: “There is a new, easier process for gaining access to the digital library. Teachers can now create their own accounts.
“To do this, teachers can either go to Smarter Balanced directly at www.smarterbalanced.org or they can go in through the Smarter Balanced portal on the NH DOE website and click on the Digital Library card.
“They will have to request an account as their username and password for access to the SB portal is not filed with Smarter Balanced and will not be recognized by them. However, an existing Digital Library account that has been set up directly with Smarter Balanced should continue to be recognized and get you into the library.
“After a teacher requests an account, they will get a reply from Smarter Balanced giving a temporary password with directions on how to reset the password. Once that is completed, the teacher has direct access to the library and can access it as they want.”
Interact Club Food Baskets
Our RHS Interact Club and Peer Outreach students helped the Raymond Area Rotary Club with their holiday food baskets. They helped 50 local families in need.
Granite State Challenge
Congratulations to our RHS Granite State Challenge Team. They defeated the Manchester School of Technology in a wildcard game and secured a place in this year’s Challenge. They competed against Nashua High South on Saturday. The game will air on NHPTV PRIME on February 11th at 6:00 PM.
Quarter 3 Newsletter from School Care