Mascenic moves forward with district plans regarding academics, superintendent

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/20/2017 6:07:13 AM

Local Destination Imagination teams from Boynton Middle School and Highbridge Hill Elementary School are beginning fundraising campaigns to travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, to compete in the nationwide competition.

School principals John MacArthur and Marion Saari discussed the plans during the administrator reports portion of Monday’s, April 17, school board meeting in Greenville.

They have GoFundMe pages, are collecting at the transfer station, an in-school raffle, and have planned a barbecue and yard sale for Saturday, May 6, at Mascenic Regional High School in New Ipswich.

In coming years, the school board may consider providing additional financial help. It cannot do this for every school trip, but members think the Destination Imagination team’s record of success should let them consider it.

“The whole program’s been understated for quite a while and I’d like it to be more supported in the future,” Greenville representative Tom Falter said. “These people are putting in a lot of work, a lot of school work.”

The Mascenic Special Olympics basketball team was also present at the meeting, and Superintendent Ruthann Goguen presented its members with gold medals honoring their recent win.

The school board continued discussing district business matters, including replacing Goguen as superintendent when her resignation takes effect at the end of June.

Before deciding to name an interim before a permanent hire, the district received 13 applications. Those candidates will all be contacted an updated on the situation. School Board Chair Jeff Salmonson said that most people appointed as interim superintendents are retired former-superintendents who are familiar with the job and laws in New Hampshire.

Three finalists will be selected and interviewed before the seat is filled. Ideally, this person would start on June 1 to ease the transition. They will delay hiring an assistant superintendent to replace the retiring director of student services, Tom Kelly, so that the acting superintendent can hire its own assistant.

The negotiations committee of the school board, not initially created because there is no open contracts this year, was assigned at the meeting for the purpose of possible cost-saving on health plans. Rachel Anderson, a former insurance agent, and Mike Pellerito, both of New Ipswich, make up the committee.

Academically, the board was told about new reading programs that will be piloted by two teachers in the district, and a restructure for the coming year in high school foreign language courses. Because the teacher needs to be reassigned to teach an additional French class, German I will not be offered. German II will be so students who have already started the program may continue. The 11 students who signed up for German I will have options to replace it, and the class will, hopefully, be available the following year.

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