LACONIA — The consultant for the 13-member superintendent's search committee will be making his recommendations as to who the School Board should interview on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
School Board Chairman Stacie Sirois said last night at the regular school board meeting that the search committee is finishing up its interviews over the next few days and will meet with the consultant as to who the finalists are.
She said after the consultant's meeting with board, visits to the final applicants' schools will be scheduled, if the board determines they are necessary.
When asked directly how many people were interviewed and if they were candidates from New Hampshire or other states, Sirois decline to answer saying that information is current protected by non-public personnel status. She said she didn't know how many finalists there would be.
In other business, Superintendent Dr. Phil McCormack questioned the board about whether or not it had a policy about board approval of field trips, especially those that are out of the country. He said a trip request to Spain in 2017 triggered his interest and the other schools where he served as superintendent required School Board approval.
"I felt I had a responsibility to bring this to your attention, especially with all the turmoil in Europe," he said.
Member Scott Vachon said he can recall having approved trips as a school board member in the past but said he doesn't recall approving any in the past three or so years. He said the board was made aware of them.
McCormack mentioned that not only is he concerned for student safety, he said there is a trip scheduled for France next year.
Sirois said that in her experience the trips are planned by education companies who are very much in touch with what is happening globally. She said that one of the school trips to Egypt was changed to Greece because of civil unrest at the time in that country.
McCormack said he isn't looking for a vote to approve the 2017 trip to Spain but suggested the newly formed Policy Committee led by Chris Guilmett may want to address the lack of a policy.
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