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Sandwich school will add teacher to deal with 4th/5th grade buddle

MEREDITH — Without a word, the Inter-Lakes School Board last night approved the recommendation of Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond to hire another teacher at Sandwich Central School, where the 27 pupils enrolled in the multiage fourth and fifth grade class is a third more than the ideal of 18.

Linda Ristaino, a para-educator at Inter-Lakes Elementary School where she has worked for 13 years, was appointed to the position at a salary with benefits of $39,845 pro-rated for the 90 days remaining in the school year.

Before the holidays Principal John Hansen said that a handful of parents expressed concerns and the situation was discussed with parents at a meeting in December. To lighten the teacher's responsibilities, the sixth grade mathematics teacher has been instructing the fifth grade pupils. Moreover, for about six weeks a special educator taught reading and language arts to fourth, fifth and sixth grade pupils. He said that the fourth and fifth grade class would be split into two classes with pupils in each grade in both classes.

In November, 2005 a committee projected future enrollment in the district. Hansen remembered that enrollment at Sandwich Central School was forecast to reach the "high 50s" and remarked "we've got 72 in kindergarten through sixth grade right now." He suggested the recession contributed to the rising enrollment as house prices in the town fell to within reach of homebuyers and some young families returned to Sandwich to live with their parents.
In anticipation of the board's decision, Hansen said that the classroom furniture was shuffled to accommodate the two fourth and fifth grade classes after school yesterday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 01:43

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'It's warm & we can get our work done;' town's employees getting used to temp quarters

GILMANTON — Three weeks after the catastrophic flood that damaged the historic Gilmanton Academy building that houses the town offices, the staff has been relocated to portable unit located directly behind the building.

As of last week, all daily functions for the town, with the exception of car registrations that can temporarily be done in Alton, Laconia, Gilford, and Belmont, could be performed by staff in the temporary quarters.

"It's actually not that bad," said Town Clerk/Tax Collector Debra Cornett, who has her own office as does her assistant and the town administrator.

"It's not perfect but it's warm and we can get our work down," she said.

Town Administrator Arthur Capello echoed Cornett's feelings. Tucked in an office toward the back of the portable building, he said he still trying to get completely organized but said he's really got no complaints at this time.

As for the repairs to the Academy Building, Capello said the town has the estimates and is in negotiation with the insurance company. He said there was no structural damage to the building when an attic portion of the fire suppression system froze and burst but there will be repairs to the drywall, insulation, and electrical system.

Selectman's Chair Brett Currier said the selectmen are meeting at the Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works on their typical meeting nights of the second and fourth Tuesday's of the month.

He said selectmen are meeting at 5 p.m. today to conduct interviews for an open position that will be in a non-public session. The open portion of the business meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Currier also wanted voters to know that they will be voting on March 10 at the Gilmanton School this year.


CAPTION:(Gilmanton town hall outside) A portable building being used temporarily by the staff in Gilmanton sits right behind the Gilmanton Academy builidng that was heavily damaged three weeks ago when a sprinkler pipe froze and burst. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

CAPTION: Town Clerk Tax Collector Debra Cornett sits at her desk in her temporary office in the portable building now located behind the Gilmanton Academy Building. "...it's warm and we can get our work done," she said. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 01:35

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296 storage units planned for prime Weirs Beach land

LACONIA — When the Planning Board meets in March it will conduct a design review of a proposal by the A,E. Mitchell, Corporation of Belmont, a general contractor and property developer, to build a large self-storage facility at Weirs Beach.

The company proposes to build on the 6.8-acre lot on the north side of Endicott Street North (Rte. 3) across the highway from the Meredith Bridge condominium community and next door to the Cumberland Farms convenience store. The land, which was cleared several years ago, backs up to the N.H. Veteran's Association compound that fronts on Lakeside Ave.

As proposed, the facility would consist of 296 storage units divided among 17 buildings. It would include a two-story office building, constructed to a colonial design, facing Rte. 3. The south, east and west borders of the site would be ringed by trees.

The company owns and operates a self-storage facility in Belmont at 393 Laconia Road (Rte. 106), which was built within the last decade. Al Mitchell, principal of the corporation, has contemplated building a similar facility at Weirs Beach for several years, but has been encouraged by Planning Director Shanna Saunders to put the property to a higher and better use more in keeping with the character of the Weirs as a resort area.

Meanwhile, in 2007, a team of consultants sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, recommended refining the zoning at The Weirs, most of which lies within the commercial resort district, to foster development consistent with a waterfront community catering to seasonal homeowners and visiting tourists. The Zoning Task Force has begun reconsidering the uses permitted and prohibited in the commercial resort district.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 01:20

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LSD soliciting professional help with analyzing needs of high school building

LACONIA — Representatives of a half dozen architectural and engineering firms toured Laconia High School yesterday afternoon as part of the first phase of developing a Facility Master Plan for the school.
Business Administrator Ed Emond told the School Board last night that the district is looking at completing a condition assessment of the high school before developing a master plan. The last time the district conducted a facility study was in 2000.
''We reviewed the projects from the last two years with the firms who made the tour and talked with them about some of the issues we'd like to see addressed,'' said Emond.
He said that the proposals from the firms must be submitted by Monday, February 9 at 1 p.m. and that the board's Facilities/CIP Committee will meet next Tuesday night to review the proposals.
Last night the school board approved a budget transfer of $25,000 to pay for the building assessment.
The condition assessment will look at the 173,000-square-foot LHS building and the adjoining Huot Technical Center facilities but not at the free standing building was built in 2013 which houses Huot Center programs and the Meredith Village Savings Bank culinary center.
It was noted that the high school building does have an elevator and that an assessment of the elevator condition should be included.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 02:49

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