Screening committee for school super’t named

LACONIA — School Board members have named the following people to be on the Screening Committee for the Laconia School District superintendent's search: Joe Cormier; city resident and former School Board chairman; andStacie Sirois and Scott Vachon, who are both School Board members. Sirois and Vachon will serve as committee co-chairs.
Also serving are school district Business Administrator Ed Emond; Geoff Gray, a parent; Kim O'Neill, an educational assistant; Jen O'Reilly, who is a parent and a member of the district staff; and Jennifer Sottak, a student services coordinator.
Joining them are staff member and parent Regina Theberge, School District Academic Coordinator for Teaching and Learning Steve Tucker, and Police Chief Chris Adams.
According to the school district website, the screenings are scheduled to begin on Nov. 30 and last through Dec. 3. Recommendations are due to the School Board on Dec. 7.
The school district is looking to replace former Superintendent Terri Forsten, who is now the superintendent in the Concord School District. In the interim, the district hired retired Inter Lakes Superintendent Phil McCormack to administratively head the district.
The information has been posted on the website, said newly elected School Board Chairman Stacie Sirois, for about a week. The board discussed it last night when former teacher Richard Coggon asked them why the list hadn't appeared in a local news paper.
 

 

 

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Belmont Police arrest would-be burglar

BELMONT – Police arrested a Laconia man after he was caught red-handed climbing through the window of a woman's home on Jamestown Road yesterday at 12:56 p.m.
Steven M. Belanger, 30, no street address given, is charged with one count of burglary, one count of operating a motor vehicle after a license suspension and one court of misuse of plates. He is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail and is scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division this morning.
Police said the woman told them that she heard a saw an unknown man knocking on her door. She didn't open the door but watched him as he walked to the rear of her property and then called the police.
While still on the phone with police, she reported to them he was opening a window in the rear kitchen of her home and was crawling through it. When he encountered her, she told them he ran from her back deck and got into a black four-door sedan that was parked in her driveway.
Police said she was able to photograph the car and give police a description such that patrol officers located the car quickly and arrested Belanger. Where the police stopped him is unknown at this time.
Police said the resident did the right thing by not opening the door to a stranger and alerting them in time to make an arrest.

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Belmont roads to benefit from found grant money

BELMONT — The town coffers got a small boost last night when selectmen voted unanimously to accept $11,521 from the state Department of Transportation grant program in money not previously allocated or calculated during the process of setting the recent tax rate.
Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said the money comes from some kind of excess harvested through taxes by the state and was not included in the annual transportation grant distributed to each state community.
"This is the first time this has ever happened," Beaudin said.
She said the money will be allocated to the Public Works Department and spent for road maintenance as is the money that comes annually from the state transportation grant.BELMONT — The town coffers got a small boost last night when selectmen voted unanimously to accept $11,521 from the state Department of Transportation grant program in money not previously allocated or calculated during the process of setting the recent tax rate.
Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said the money comes from some kind of excess harvested through taxes by the state and was not included in the annual transportation grant distributed to each state community.
"This is the first time this has ever happened," Beaudin said.
She said the money will be allocated to the Public Works Department and spent for road maintenance as is the money that comes annually from the state transportation grant.
In other business, Beaudin was given the go ahead by the board to apply for a USDA Community Facilities Rural Development Grant to upgrade four heating system in the four buildings current operated by the town.
She said the total project for 2016 would cost $62,000 and the 15 percent offset from the grant would reduce the cost by $9,300. The Budget Committee included upgrades for three of the four systems in their proposed 2016 budget but with the grant, Beaudin said all of them can be done.
Because of the most recent census report regarding low- to moderate-income families, she said Belmont is eligible for 15 percent.
The board also granted permission to take the money from the Building and Maintenance Capital Reserve fund rather than the general administration budget so the town can show a capital offset for the grant.
The board also advised her to place a warrant article on the the 2016 ballot so the general public can see where the grant offset will be.
In other business, Beaudin was given the go ahead by the board to apply for a USDA Community Facilities Rural Development Grant to upgrade four heating system in the four buildings current operated by the town.
She said the total project for 2016 would cost $62,000 and the 15 percent offset from the grant would reduce the cost by $9,300. The Budget Committee included upgrades for three of the four systems in their proposed 2016 budget but with the grant, Beaudin said all of them can be done.
Because of the most recent census report regarding low- to moderate-income families, she said Belmont is eligible for 15 percent.
The board also granted permission to take the money from the Building and Maintenance Capital Reserve fund rather than the general administration budget so the town can show a capital offset for the grant.
The board also advised her to place a warrant article on the the 2016 ballot so the general public can see where the grant offset will be.

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