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JR school board agrees to demolish home on district-owned property

  • The Jaffrey-Rindge School Board made a motion Monday to commit to demolishing the house on 30 Charlonne St. in Jaffrey, which is owned by the district.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Jaffrey-Rindge School Board has officially expressed its intent demolish a house on 30 Charlonne St.

The motion made Monday was considered more of a formality, as the board had never officially voted to demolish the building. Taking the vote allows the district to use funds accrued in a fund used for purchasing and preparing property. 

The property was purchased by the district in 2015 as a way to alleviate parking and circulation issues at the school. The district is currently working to overhaul the parking situation at the school. 

The property abuts the Jaffrey Grade School property to the west.

In other school board news: Superintendent Reuben Duncan said Monday that the search for a new middle/high school principal has officially begun. If all goes according to plan, a new person will be in place by mid-June. 

The board accepted two donations: $1,500 from the NH Charitable Foundation for an artist-in-residence for the high school’s Infinity program and $3,617.52 from the Jaffrey Grade School parent’s group and activities account for three water bottle filling stations. 

The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Association (JREA) to add three more professional development days to the school year. Duncan said the JREA will ratify the agreement. 

A few questions and statements were made during the two public comment portions of the meeting. 

Jason Boyle, a Conant High School teacher, expressed his discontent with the superintendent’s office, specifically regarding faculty development.

“I feel like a lot of mistakes have been made,” Boyle said. 

Boyle also said he has been asked by the district not return as a teacher next year. The district has not renewed his teaching contract for the next school year. 

Boyle also questioned the addition of more professional development days, saying that the system as it is now is “horribly run.”

Jaffrey resident Chris Johnson called for more transparency on the district’s end regarding teacher evaluations. Johnson said he was interested in seeing some sort of bell curve.

The school board did not respond to either person. Chairwoman Laurel McKenzie said school board meetings are for the public, not with the public.