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    Patrice Benard
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    Tonight’s meeting should be kicking off at 5:30 pm. Here’s the Agenda and it’s a hoot!

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B-yGY7dXhbqsV2tZeGFwUGxpSVk

    #63809

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Starting at 5:30 pm. Mercier, Ouellette, Lavallee, Humphrey, Scarpone, Childers, Gaumont, Lawton at the table. Absent: Best, Comptois, Mooney.
    Mooney arrives late, wheeling in her suitcase.

    #63810

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Mercier reading the entire policy on Public Comments. (because you can’t speak freely at The Founders Academy, you must only do as they wish.)

    Elizabeth Sanville- parent-

    Attny Robert Best arrives at 5:35 pm.

    Sanville asks about the Agenda Item about FERPA and if the policy applies to students or staff. Questions about new Roles and Duties. Change Businessman to business person. Change to Serve as a Chair. Is there a way to reword the Always speak positively …. Be respected for integrity and ethics…. make it more objective. Be free of criminal charges period. Take out the subjective. Under Duties – money required to be given. Everyone has a gift to give, not just financial.

    #63811

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Rachel Sanville- student- re: humanities alignment and curriculum. Founders is about learning more than math and English. Being open minded, working things out together. Focus on the human element.

    #63812

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    I spoke about Budget discrepancies.

    Motion to approve March minutes.
    Motion passes.

    Student Report – Liam Childers – reading from his report as tagged in the Agenda. Senate wants to go to Roller Kingdom for field trip.

    Here it is: As of now, the student senate is still continuing to work on the Spring Fling which will be on May 5th. The event was a great success last year and will hopefully be better this year. The senate is also working on organizing a High School field trip. As of the time of writing this, the destination hasn’t been officially chosen yet (Change if it has) but the senate has almost made its decision. The Senate has also officially taken over the morning announcements, making them more fun and entertaining than the old announcements. The High School Drama Club has also recently performed at the regional competition and then moved on to state level. We have also celebrated our first John Stark day since the date was changed by Governor Sununu after work was done by Founders Academy students (including myself) to change it. With that, the Founders Academy is looking forward to another great month of learning.

    #63813

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Dean’s Report – as tagged in Agenda: From Student Services: Student Services along with the help of teachers and staff administered the PSAT 8/9 on April 6. Student Services also hosted their first Technical-Trade School Fair for high school students on March 28. Student Services has created an Exit Interview form for students leaving our school as a means to gauge why families choose other school options.

    March 30, 2018: Officer Linstad provided lockdown drill training for faculty and staff on this professional development day. The History teachers along with the Dean and Mrs. Humphrey visited Mr. Alcox at Milford High School on “We the People” program.

    Teacher of the Month: Mr. Stephen Fernandes is the Teacher of the Month for April 2018. He was recognized for his dedication to his classroom, teaching, and for stepping up to help out the High School Drama Club production of “Peter Pan.”

    Students of the Quarter: Justin Gandia is the Student of the Quarter for High School. His peers said he has always strived for good grades and takes pride in his work. Justin is always in a good mood and always makes everyone laugh. He follows all the models of the code of conduct. He helps his other classmates with respect and politeness. Keyshaun Sullivan is the Middle School Student of the Quarter. His peers said he always tries to help out everyone else while still being comedic. He puts hours of effort into his work so that he makes sure he gets it done right. He always makes everyone laugh with his crazy jokes.

    Mr. Drew Cline’s Visit: On March 22, 2018, Drew Cline of the Josiah Bartlett Center and the State Board of Education visited Founders. He was given a student led tour of the school by the House of Representatives and participated in a discussion in Mr. Van Ewyk’s history class.

    New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild: The High School Drama Club put on “The Entire American Revolution in 40 Minutes” at the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild Festival on March 24. The students were awarded one of three “Best Production” Awards, and six students brought back individual All Star Awards. Frank Riccio- Directing, Emily Ahern- Directing, Jon Goncalo- Lighting, Allison Ouellette- Costume Design, Trent Moore- Acting, and Garrett Olsen- Acting. The club was selected as a top show and advanced to the State Festival on April 7 and 8.

    John Stark Day Breakfast: The 1st Annual John Stark Day Breakfast was held on April 9. The program consisted of the annual John Stark Day Award, student Revolutionary skit and opportunity for giving.

    Academic Department Changes 2018-2019: Math and Science will be separate departments next year. Each will have their own chairman. The business courses will move from the Humanities Department to the Technology Department in 2018-2019.

    Parent Survey 2018: The parent survey is expected to go out in early May, focusing primarily on the school’s mission and curriculum.

    High School Evening for New Families: On April 11, 2018, Mr. Kline led a High School Information Night for new families. Student Services also presented.

    THANK YOU: A special thank you to Mr. Croteau, Dr. Stanton, and Ms. Nichols for conducting a parent Math Focus Group. A special thank you to Mrs. Scarpone for emceeing the John Stark Day Breakfast, and to Mr. Van Ewyk for organizing the student skit; a congratulations to Rep. Barbara Biggie for receiving the first John Stark Day Award.

    #63814

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    (Nice to hear they will finally start doing exit interviews for students. Hope they start doing one for teachers who leave as well. It’s a little late for some, but better late than never.)

    Teacher of the Month: Fernandes. Students of the Quarter: HS: Justin Gandia MS: Keyshaun Sullivan.

    (She’s reading directly from her newsletter. Because….)
    (very pleased with herself for the great success of the funds raised on John Stark Day breakfast, which was an invite-only event for select people.)
    (Dean randomly decides that Math and Science will be separate departments, each with their own Chair. Remember, the Dept Chair gets a $3 bonus!)
    (High school info was for new families only.)

    #63815

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Treasurer’s Report $14+ in Annual Fund.

    Budget released had a typo. Basing them on 380 students, not 350. (WOW – That’s huge!!!! They have no idea, or, they do and they refuse to admit it. Either way, they are not budgeting realistically)

    Patting themself on back for not letting any teachers go due to lower enrollments.

    Will post salary schedule when they finish it.

    #63816

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    154 applications in process. approx 109 accepted. Ahead of previous years.

    Caitlin Davis from DOE regarding Charter School Funding.

    She has her back to the audience and has known Patty Humphrey since she was a little girl. Went to school with Patty’s son.

    gave a report to the Board, not to the public.

    (there is no way to get this all down and listen at the same time. Video camera is running, so I’ll post the link later. Camera should get it all.)

    #63817

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Barbara Comtois shows up at 6:25 pm. (Wow!!!!)

    Liam Childers leaves the meeting at 6:28 pm.

    #63819

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Now over at 6:39 pm.

    Outreach Committee – Kim Lavallee – has been in existence since the beginning of school. Was supposed to be outreach to parents and fundraise. Would like to make this more of an outreach to the community. Would like to draft a new description for the board to approve. Could include internship opportunities for seniors. Lawton very excited about this. Humphrey wants to make a motion to have Lawton write the description. Mercier doesn’t think that needs a motion. Lavallee thinks Scarpone should also be involved.

    #63820

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Humanities Alignment: Humphrey wants to make sure she understands Rachel’s concerns. Lavallee says it is just a rearranging of the courses. Gaumont babbling on… (I went to find Rachel who had just stepped out for a moment)

    (They apparently passed it… Lawton tries to talk to Rachel, Mercier shuts her down and says she can’t according to state law)

    Passes.

    #63821

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    MacKenzie – school calendar- faculty liked the calendar this year. Liked the PD days for meetings and workshops. 169 educational hours. Does not include testing days. State requires 150. Junior SAT test date has not yet been set by state so may change. The Fridays will continue to be all classes, for 45 min. periods, so no one class/block falls behind.

    Motion passes.

    #63822

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Finance- wants to vote on the 18-19 budget, not the full 5 yr projection.

    Have added a line item for $20K for Legal. Unfortunate, but we will plan for it.

    Broken it down more than previously. Have put people where they belong. Need to have increase in Health Ins line. Rent is also going up. Formal lease being drafted, never had one in the past. (with Foundation). Small inc in supplies. Inc in Electricity and Gas. Has shopped for custodial. Have heard how clean the place is from visitors. (Remember – based on 380 students)

    Virtually no discussion, short of Patty praising Kim. (no words)

    #63823

    Patrice Benard
    Participant

    Croteau and Nichols presenting on Math Dept Updates/Textbooks.

    (If he shares this computer presentation, I will share with you. But honestly, I should stop typing now, because these two are really some of the worst math teachers I have ever known.)

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