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    Patrice Benard
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    Let’s see if ManchesterTV stays up on the web. As long as they stream, I can blog.

    Here’s tonight’s Agenda:

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1qU7tmY8-pErl5miVztRiRWqifwO8ApcZ

    As they have scheduled to recess to speak to their lawyer (again), I didn’t bother to go down to City Hall. So this Mom-At-Large will be blogging from home.

    #63766

    Patrice Benard
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    Presentations are up first. They are listed in the Agenda. A swim coach, a service dog and handler, a bunch of students from MST who have won awards in competitions.

    #63767

    Patrice Benard
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    Public Forum:

    Ed Doyle, Music Teacher (wearing red)- Talking about the All-State event. 25 students from MSD high schools participating. Some teachers also participating to help with this. Invites all to come on Sat at Capital Center for the Arts.

    #63768

    Patrice Benard
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    Christie Sutter, teacher (wearing red)- sub situations, not enough subs, teachers have to absorb other students. Difficult to teach, for students to learn, not enough desks, teachers aren’t getting sub pay, worries about colleagues who come in when sick to avoid this. Lists off possible solutions. Happy to discuss with anyone to help with a solution.

    #63769

    Patrice Benard
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    Kelly MacDonald, lives in Bedford, teaches in MSD (high school english), wearing red- teachers work diligently to inspire and empower students. They volunteer for various events, endless hours. Concerns about safety. Attended a 2 hour workshop after school. Bought 2 tourniquets as a result. That was volunteer, not paid. Wants door locks, subs, more staff. References the MSD mission statement.

    #63770

    Patrice Benard
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    Shannon Littlefield, parent of 7th grade autism program student. Discussing Dr. Vargas’ redistricting. Pleased that he is willing to postpone his plan. Students need more time to adjust. Supports the plan, but concerned about how it will affect special education programs that are now in place. Would like to see this in writing for all programs, as to how these programs will be affected. Would also like a forum just for these programs before anything is finalized.

    #63771

    Patrice Benard
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    Glenn Turgeon, MSD Teacher, MEA Exec Board, wearing red- giving the Webster’s definition of a contract. Brings up the school calendar. Mentions real-world situations that don’t allow contracts to be altered… mortgage, credit cards, divorce agreements, etc…. Not fair to ask for things outside contract. Snow days have been an issue, could have been resolved with a conversation, not much taxpayer $ that the district spent on lawyers.

    #63772

    Patrice Benard
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    Robert Fuller, lives in Haverhill Ma, works at MMHSm wearing red- wants to talk about contract.

    MST Teacher, wearing red- (sorry, missed the name)- She does her best, her students get into good colleges, win awards. We need to fund them.

    Janine Sorrentino, parent of MMHS and SS and a grad, wants to talk about driver’s ed. Can’t get into a program until late fall, maybe. Now hears about contracts. Put the money to the kids, they are our future.

    #63773

    Patrice Benard
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    Tara Haarlander, CHS spec ed teacher, wearing red- wks part-time at a restaurant and volunteers as well. (sorry, stream went black for a minute) Talks about events coming up. Worries about lack of support for students. No plan to recruit employees. Teachers are entitled to 5 PD days off, but are denied due to lack of subs. IEPs are a legal document, when we don’t have the right support, we are breaking the law. We are non-compliant. Please hold a job fair. Lists a wish list of programs that she feels we need.

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    Patrice Benard
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    Maxine Moseley, MMS Guidance Counselor and MEA VP, wearing red- has 65 students who applied to MST. Hopes all 180 who have applied will be accepted. Wants to talk about MS counselors. We had a cut a few years ago. It’s not working. Talks about SEL. Wearing red means we care about our students. Mondays is wear red for public ed. Please join us.

    Sean Russell, lives in Hooksett, wearing red, must be a teacher- students wanted to start a philosophy club. Took a year to get it off the ground. Then a second teacher offered to help. Meet on Fridays after school for about an hour. Offers an article weekly which they read beforehand and then discuss. HYPE festival for young philosophers. Held in March. No stipend. Has 4 seniors going to a forum at NHIP this weekend. Invites all to come drop in on Fridays at 3.

    #63775

    Patrice Benard
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    Sue Hannon, lives in Derry, teacher at Hillside, MEA Pres, wearing red- Calendar – contracts. Given to us in January. Did not align with contract. Pretty bold move for the district to assume that starting early would be best. Also bold move to assume public wouldn’t understand how a contract works. Union has been berated for not ‘collaborating’ but that is not true. Have collaborated in other areas. They have already conceded to start Aug 31st, with Sept 4th as their set-up date.

    #63776

    Patrice Benard
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    Two SS teachers talking about their Literacy project. Thankful for support. Received lots of support from families. Books were donated, now have 3 mobile book carts. Raised $700 which will be used for literacy programs. Upcoming literacy night, win free books by playing bingo and eating ice cream. Thanks everyone again.

    #63777

    Patrice Benard
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    Sara Lynch, principal at Webster, wearing red- here to support teachers. Critical that teachers make their voices heard, for they are in the trenches. Complains about how little her school gets in supply budget. Opening new EBD classroom, but no paraprofessionals so they are pulled from the general school. Are considering how to buy notebooks for next year. 50% are eligible for free/reduced lunch. But not a Title 1 school.

    #63778

    Patrice Benard
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    Thomas MacGreavey, Hooksett NH, CEO of Greywolf and Assoc. Has two children who graduated from Central. Considered private school first. But was encouraged to look at Central. Was told to look at college placements, not percentages. Central had more Ivy League and prestigious schools than the private school. You’ve got great schools. Support them.

    Elizabeth Moreau, Alderman, Ward 6, parent of GA student- supports the redistricting plan of Dr. Vargas. Wants to make sure the age differences are well-addressed. Need an overall K-12 plan.

    Glenn Ouellette, resident- we have great schools. Good for the public to hear. Do more of it. There are other issues. Saw 3 kids waiting out on the curb, no shoes, only 2 had jackets, 1 had a bed sheet. There are other concerns. Unacceptable for students to be homeless, underfed, underdressed. Poverty is rising in this city. The well-rounded student who is properly cared for will be better behaved. In favor of redistricting. Good and bad in both plans.

    #63779

    Patrice Benard
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    Greg Powers, Ward 2, Presidents of CHAMPS (central’s music parents)- Introduces presidents of the other HS music support groups. Talks about benefits of music education. With budget talks coming up, reminds Board to keep music/the arts, as just as important as other academic programs. Is also a real estate agent, knows how important schools are to community.

    Niko Skaperdas, Jr at Central- member of the band and jazz band. Speaking about his music education. Asks for proper funding, especially for music repairs. Costly to repair instruments. Please reconsider defunding the music department. (where was that???)

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