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Gilford schools merg vice principal positions & create new 4th grade class

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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:48

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Bolduc Park open house & yard sale will launch drive to fund disc golf course in memory of Chris Daigle

GILFORD — The Bolduc Park Association is holding a pair of fund-raising events to support construction of a disc golf course in memory of the late Chris Daigle of Laconia, an avid disc golfer who passed away at age 34.

Bob Bolduc, the founder of the park, said yesterday that the new course will consist of a practice tee and nine holes, all par threes and fours, ranging in length from 165 feet to more than 400 feet, placed along the cross country ski trails. Disc golf consists of tossing Frisbees into racks — or "holes on poles." The park will be the third to open in New Hampshire.

On Saturday, June 6, the park will host an open house from 8 a.m. to noon featuring free golf as well as instruction in disc golf by Dennis Grzywacz, a professional player and teacher.

Between Sunday, May 31, and Thursday, June 4, patrons of Patrick's Pub & Eatery who tell their servers they are dining in support the disc golf course will ensure that 25 percent of the cost their meals will be donated to the park. In addition, on Saturday, June 6, the park will host a yard sale to benefit the new course. Bolduc said, "we are accepting donations and anyone who wishes to offer their own wares for sale may purchase a table of $20.


CAPTION: Bob Bolduc (second from right), founder and superintendent of Bolduc Park, is joined by Isabelle Piccola and her mother, Nina, as well as, (from left) Allen Hopkins, Bert Russeau and Dave Nick, all volunteers with the Bolduc Park Association. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:33

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Meredith asks state if 'advanced' signals at 3/25 would help

MEREDITH — The Board of Selectmen this week agreed to ask the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) to present an analysis of how advanced signalization at the intersection of U.S. Route 3 and N.H. Route 25 would affect the flow of both traffic and pedestrians.

Nate Torr, the chairman of the board, said yesterday that the selectmen were responding to a query from the DOT about how the town wished to proceed after town rejected a 3/25 Advisory Committee proposal to construct three single-lane roundabouts between Lake Street and Pleasant Street in January. The DOT has earmarked $5 million in federal funds to address congestion along the 3/25 corridor.

Torr said there was no interest among the selectmen to convene what would be the third committee to address the issue of traffic along the 3/25 corridor, much less to reconsider its decision to abandon the plan to build roundabouts.

Enhanced signalization was among the many alternatives considered and dismissed by the Advisory Committee.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:23

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Gulbrandsen objected to jailer allowing woman convicted of perjury to wear monitor; judge agreed

LACONIA — Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Monday the case cited by Commissioner Richard Burchell in his letter to The Daily Sun, published in Saturday's edition, regarding her alleged lack of cooperation in instituting a "community corrections" incarceration model concerned a case of perjury.

In his letter Burchell did not refer to the case by name but said it involved the county jail superintendent determining how a sentence was to be served — by participating in a out-of-jail electronic monitor program — and having that decision challenged by Gulbrandsen in Superior Court. A goal of the community corrections model is to get non-violent offenders, where appropriate, out of lockups.

Gulbrandsen said that in the case of State v. Tammy Dunn a jury fond the defedent guilty of perjury or lying under oath regarding a landlord-tenant case that was being considered by Judge Jim Carroll of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.

She said the initial complaint about Dunn was filed by the circuit court with her office and was investigated by the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Dunn was indicted, convicted and her conviction was upheld by the N.H. Supreme Court. She was sentenced in Superior Court to 12 months in jail with all but eight suspended. Dunn is on work-release but must return to jail daily and be there when she is not working.

Guldbrandsen said when her office was notified by the jail it objected because the sentence was not contemplated by the court during the sentencing portion of the trial.

"This sentence addressed the punitive, deterrent, and rehabilitative components the court must consider under N.H. law," wrote Asst. County Attorney Carley Ahern in her objection.

Judge James O'Neill IV agreed.

"It is well established in New Hampshire case law that the traditional goals of sentencing are punishment, rehabilitation, and deterrence," wrote O'Neill. "The Court finds the defendant has not shown by the introduction of testimony, exhibits, or oral proffers that her rehabilitation would be enhanced by participation in the Electric Monitoring Bracelet Program."

"The crime of perjury, which is a class B felony, and its effect of the orderly dispatch of justice within our court system must not be minimized," O'Neill concluded before denying her participation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2015 02:08

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