Great Brook School enrollment swells

  • The ConVal school board met on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 for a regular meeting at the Great Brook School in Antrim. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ConVal superintendent Kim Saunders said Great Brook School Middle School currently has 72 students signed up for its incoming fifth grade class and three teachers.

If two or three more students enroll, they may need to take on another teacher.

“I just want to make you aware of the situation,” she told the board on Tuesday night during a regular meeting at GBS in Antrim.

During its meeting, the school board also ratified the town election voting results.

The district’s budget received 53 percent approval across all nine of its towns. Only Greenfield and Temple did not pass the budget, voting 40 percent and 32 percent respectively for the district’s budget.

The board held a public hearing prior to the ratification in accordance with House Bill 329. The process was completed because many town’s postponed voting as a result of a snow storm that hit the area in March. The district was required to ratify the votes for legitimacy. It passed unanimously.

ConVal school district is in the process of hiring several job titles across a number of schools.

A recent job posting update shows the board is looking to hire a business administrator/ manager to replace Marian Alese, who has held the position since 1997 and is still employed. The district is in the process of interviewing for the position.

It is also in the process of interviewing candidates for the principal position at ConVal High School, after Brian Pickering’s abrupt departure late last year for which he cited health-related concerns.

It is also reviewing candidate applications for Francestown Elementary School and Temple Elementary School principals. At the boards last meeting, it unanimously supported the hiring of Antrim Elementary School and Benning Elementary School Principal Stephanie Syre-Hager.

The district is also in the process of reviewing applications for three elementary school teachers, five high school teachers, two middle school teachers, two student support services, and a technology position.

Board members gave Saunders the OK to hire teachers, SSPs, and paraprofessionals without a vote from the board due to time constraints needed to fill those positions. Saunders said an email description about each of the candidates and their salaries would be sent out to the board, who can ask questions or raise concerns through the process.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.