June 13 last day of school in Laconia in question

LACONIA — The School Board has not officially determined the last day of school for this school year, as some had previously thought.

Superintendent Terri Forsten said Monday that while the district will have enough teaching hours completed in the school year to set June 13 as the final day, some of the sending high schools to the Huot Regional Technical Educaiton Center would like to see the last day of school set for June 19 or 20 to compensate for the four of five snow days lost this year.

Gilford School Board set its final day of school at its meeting Monday night as June 19, with graduation to take place on June 14.

Winnisquam Regional School District Superintendent Tammy Davis said the last day of school for her district is June 20 and she would prefer seeing the Huot Center open until then.

Gilford Superintendent Kent Hemingway said he would also prefer to see a full 180-day school year.

"It think we're all united on this," he said.

Forsten also explained that because the board hasn't set the final day of school, graduation date (June 7) is also tentative because graduating seniors can't have more that five less days in a school year than can the other students.

Forsten said she is waiting to see if there are an "surprise April weather event" before she makes her final recommendation to the School Board.

Got Lunch! Laconia program coordinator Rev. Paula Gile said yesterday that her organization has been planning on beginning summer food distribution on June 23. She said she had presumed school would end on June 20 because of the number of snow days but added if Laconia's date is set a week earlier, Got Lunch! will be ready.

Last year, Got Lunch! Laconia served 570 students with meals during the summer and Gile said they are planning for at least 600 to 625 meals for this year.

The program provides a bag of groceries for children during the summer who could otherwise qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school. It ensures these children get at least one or two healthy meals daily while school is not is session.

She said the program is always looking for donations and in particular is having local food drives seeking jelly, jars of peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna packed in water, and canned fruit packed in water.

Gile said she is also excited to report that there are now 12 different Got Lunch! programs serving students in 18 different communities. She said Gilford is starting their first program this year and the communities of the Inter-Lakes School District and the Plymouth School District began programs last summer.

For more information about Got Lunch! or to register to to www.gotlunchlaconia.com.