GILMANTON — Superintendent John Fauci said yesterday that despite the fact that the building housing the SAU is for sale, the School District has a two years left on its lease and has no plans to relocate.
Fauci made his comments when called to respond to a letter to the editor penned by Elena Ball suggesting the SAU 79 offices will "be looking for a new home and asking the taxpayers to foot the cost."
"The School Board hasn't mentioned it and I don't foresee any changes," Fauci said, noting there are no "for sale" signs on the property and nothing to indicate that if the building were sold the new owners would make any changes.
"We are excellent tenants," he said.
He described the building as an historic building that is perfect for the size of the SAU — which has five employees, two of whom are full-time. He said the owner of the home lives in the upper two floors and the SAU offices occupy the first floor.
In other School District news, Fauci said the schools have reviewed with the police and fire departments some new security protocols in the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, Conn.
He said cameras can now not only monitor the outside of the school but are set up so there is the ability to monitor them remotely. He added a parents forum about safety jointly sponsored by the police and the school board was widely attended.
Enrollments is up, Fauci said, bucking the overall trends in New Hampshire.
He said the New England School Development Economic Council recently completed a demographic study that included a 10-year look back and a 10-year forward projection that indicates school enrollment in Gilmanton will increase over the next 10 years.
Fauci said one of the things that makes Gilmanton a desirable place to live for young families is the quality of the public school system and the full-day kindergarten.
The study shows K-8 enrollment has increased from 388 to 406 students or 4.6 percent from 2002 until 2012 — the last year the data was available for the study. Enrollment through 2022 is projected to increase 15.5-percent and is based on the number of births through 2012 and the projected number of births in the next 10 years. The number of students is projected to go from 406 to 469 during that period.
With enrollment increasing in 2014 from 406 in 2012 to a projected 420, Fauci said the district has hired one additional teacher.
The Demographic study is available on the SAU site at www.gilmanton.k12.nh.us.