GILFORD — As the final piece of the restructuring of the Gilford School District administrative team for school year 2015-16, the School Board on Monday opted to extend the job responsibilities of the Middle School vice principal to include the Elementary School.
Superintendent Kent Hemingway said Kara Lamontagne, currently the assistant principal for the Middle School alone, will work with new Middle School principal Peter Sawyer and Elementary School Principal Danielle Bolduc in a K-8 support role.
"It is an opportunity to fill in gaps in student support," Lamantagne said, adding she was very excited to take on the additional role. She said she liked the idea that she could spend time the students as they transition from the elementary school to the middle school and her constant presence in both places will make the change for them easier.
"We will have a K-8 collaboration team for structure and discipline," Lamaontagne said, noting it mirrors the way Gilmanton School does it and gives all of the high school freshman a similar jumping off point. Gilmanton 9-12 students attend Gilford High School.
Board member Chris McDonough said he would like to see a full-time assistant principal in each school however, he and other board members realize the cost would be prohibitive.
Future Middle School Principal Peter Sawyer told the board he supports the combined approach and hopes it will give him more time to bond with the students.
In other staffing-related business, the new assistant principal of the High School will be Tim Goggins — an educator from Granite Hill School in Newport. According to the Granite Hill Website, Goggins is a certified special education administrator and a crisis prevention and intervention specialist. He is expected to start this summer at Gilford High.
The board also approved hiring a fourth fourth-grade teacher for the Elementary School.
According to Hemingway, the Elementary School has currently has five full-day kindergarten sections, four sections of grades 1 through 3 and three sections of fourth grade.
With fourth grade enrollment pushing 70 students, Hemingway recommended hiring an additional fourth grade teacher. Funds for the position will come from a vacancy in the assistant teachers position at the kindergarten level.
The additional $10,000 to $15,000 dollars for the full-time fourth grade teacher came from some other internal reorganizations that were done in a non-public meeting of the School Board
He said the five kindergartens will share four teacher assistants next year rather than having an assistant in each class.
Hemingway said the board unanimously supported the additional fourth grade teacher.
The board also unanimously supported hiring three new teachers — two in Special Education and one in World Languages to replace teachers who have either retired or resigned.
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