Leadership Lakes Region group spends a day learning about educational issues

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare recently sponsored Leadership Lakes Region's annual Educational Issues Day.

The day was planned by three professional educators who graduated from the leadership program last year; Gilford Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway and Laconia School District's Technology Integration Facilitator, Karen Switzer and Academic Coordinator for Learning Steve Tucker. The trio was assisted by Leadership Lakes Region Coordinator Jennifer McLean.

The Day began at Gilford Elementary School where Principal Danielle Bolduc introduced three young students who demonstrated their computer programmed robotic vehicle. This was followed by three more students demonstrating their interactive computer math lesson using a classroom "smart board". Superintendent Hemingway and Curriculum Developer Scott Laliberte then walked the Leadership class through various computer exercises demonstrating the State's Common Core Standards.

The Leadership group then traveled to the new Huot Technical Center for a lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts students under the guidance of Department Chairman Jack Aldrich and Instructor Rhonda Fahrner. The students represented the towns of Gilford, Belmont, Tilton, Meredith and the City of Laconia. Following lunch, retired Huot Center Director Scott Davis led the group in a team building exercise followed by a presentation by NH Ball Bearing's Gary Groleau and Huot instructor Ken Martin about the Manufacturing/Engineering Program at the Center and the recent grant the Lakes Region Community College received to promote and assist students pursuing manufacturing careers.

The program continued with a presentation by Assistant Principals, Anthony Sperazzo from Gilford High, former member of Leadership Lakes Region, Christopher Ennis, from Laconia Middle School, the Laconia High/Middle Schools Resource Officer, Laconia Police Officer Steve Orton and the Director of the Huot Center, David Warrender. The four gentlemen covered safety and security issues as they pertain to schools in light of recent tragedies around the country. Several area college students and LHS senior Garrett Guillmett conducted a panel discussion with LHS Guidance person Wendi Hamill on innovative ways now available to high school students to earn Alternative Credit.

The Education Day concluded with the Leadership Lakes Region class of 23 area professionals taking a walking tour of the Huot Center followed by a computer lab demonstration of the Career Cruising Software; a program which allows students unsure of their career options to input their personal interest and choices with the software aligning those interests with potential careers to consider.

"Our Day was jam-packed" said Program Coordinator McLean "but the class really learned a lot by "going back to school' for this day" she added.

Leadership Lakes Region's next program, Economic Issues Day, is scheduled for February 5th. For more information visit www.leadershiplakesregion.org.