ALTON — Following a 2 1/2 hour meeting with their attorney, the Alton Central School Board yesterday made no decisions and voted to seal the minutes, said Vice Chair Terri Noyes.
She said the board decided to discuss the type of administration they would like to have going forward and it will be one of the topics discussed at the March 2 board meeting.
Noyes said the board will take public input about how a future Alton Central School administration would be structured.
Alton Central — a K-8 school contained to one building — would not be the first school in Belknap County to investigate an alternative theory of administration.
Following the retirement of Gilford School District Superintendent Paul DiMinico, a non-binding referendum was petitioned on to the school district warrant and two-thirds of those who voted supported an administrative plan to be headed by a business manager instead of a superintendent.
The School Board disagreed and stayed with the traditional, superintendent model. A lawsuit was filed by three of the supporters of the business administrator approach but the school district prevailed when a Superior Court judge ruled that the School Board — the elected body — administers the school district.
Noyes said she has no idea what the board will decide but did say that this would not the first time the Alton Central School District has considered alternative administrative models.
As to the immediate issue of the school district contracting with a company formed by current Superintendent William Lander and former Curriculum Director Sydney Leggett — now principal of Gilford Middle School, Noyes said those discussions took place in non-public sessions with the attorney and, at this point in time, no additional information can be released.
At their last meeting, the board voted unanimously to reconsider the contract with Lander's company that was approved by three members in a non-public session held 10 minutes before the SB 2 deliberative session.
The March 2 School Board meeting will take place in the library of Alton Central School and begins at 5 p.m.
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