Nutfield News • April 15, 2010
School District Adult Education Program Enrollment Rises
Barrie-jane Corey, direc-
tor, of the Adult Education Program for the Derry Cooperative School District, gave an update on its progress to the school board at its April 6 meeting. She said feedback on new clas- ses, which include land- scape design, guitar lessons for beginners and advanced players, digital photography, portrait quilting, weight management, Pilates and
cooking, has been fabulous. “Attendance and enroll- ment are up,” said Corey, “which tells me people like the classes we’re offering. In fact, enrollment is up 17 per- cent from last semester.” Corey said in the fall the district will also be offering classes on modern dance and movement, public speaking and writing, and hopes to offer workshops on wellness. She added that in the final two weeks of May, a display at Taylor Library will show- case some of the artwork
from the program’s art class- es.
She said this semester had 491 students.
Superintendent Mary Ellen Hannon asked Corey to explain what the
Education Program is doing for people who want to earn their GED. Corey said she came before the school board last year to discuss a grant proposal to fund an addition- al adult basic education instructor. She said the dis- trict would often have a wait- ing list of 25 to 70 people
who wanted to get their GED. She received the fund- ing and hired the new instructor, and the program now offers two classes for GED studies, with 15 people each. She said six of the 15 people are on schedule to obtain their GED, which is above average. Corey said all of the stu- dents in her program are 18 years or older, while the Upper Room, which works with students at Pinkerton Academy, is for students not yet old enough to vote.
Board member Brenda
Willis said she has taken six of the adult education class- es, three of them with her daughter, and both of them thought the program was great.
Hannon said that Corey may be coming before the school board next year for permission to use revenue generated by the program to purchase Windows operating systems to be used on the Macintosh computers in the school district. Hannon said currently the computer pro-
gram is run at Pinkerton Academy because people who want to learn Word and Excel like using it on Windows. Hannon said newer Macs can use either Windows or Macs, but require a Windows operating system. Having the classes in the Derry schools would also keep the Adult Education Program on site. Information on the pro-
grams, as well as registration, is available on the school dis- trict website at www.de
Beaver Lake Spring Clean-Up Scheduled for April 17
Beaver Lake is over its banks for the third time in recent weeks, and the constant flooding has added more trash to the winter’s collection. The Beaver Lake Improvement Association has a Spring Clean-Up Day planned for Saturday, April 17. Over the winter, lots of trash accumulates along the roadsides and in the water,
especially by the Pond Road dam. Every spring, a small group of lake residents gets up on a designated Saturday morning and armed with rub- ber gloves, plastic bags and boots,makes their way around the lake to clear away the accumulated debris.
always have to spend a lot of time around the dam because this gets lot of foot traffic from fishermen, and is the divide between the lake proper and the meadow area.
Rob Tompkins has been doing this labor of love for many years. The area has a hundred-plus lake-front homes, almost all of which are now occupied year round. The more people who come out, the less time the clean-up takes. Tompkins asks volunteers
to meet at the Pond Road bridge at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. “We will clean the Pond Road area and then spread out
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around the lake,” he said. “The more help we have, the more lake area we can complete.” Having the roadsides around the lake cleaned is an
advantage for all the lake resi- dents and is a benefit for the lake itself. The spring clean-up is an important step in trying to ensure the lake’s overall
health, he said. For more information on the Spring Clean-Up, con- tact Tompkins at Robert- _Tompkins@uml.edu
Battery Recycling Available
Recycling bins, which
are to be used for discarded cell phones and recharge- able batteries, are now avail- able inside the Derry Municipal Center. This serv- ice is being provided by the Derry Energy and Environ- mental Advisory Committee and is part of its effort to cre-
ate a more energy-efficient town.
“Derry is joining thou- sands of communities across the county in protecting the environment by providing residents with an environ- mentally responsible way to safely dispose of used bat- teries,” said Tom Minnon, committee chair. “Partici- pating in a battery recycling program is one important
way communities can make themselves healthier, safer and more sustainable.” The group singles out
rechargeable batteries,which are used in a variety of everyday items such as lap- tops and digital cameras. The committee notes that while these can be reused many times, once they lose their charge, they should be recycled because many are made with nickel-cadmium (nicad). The cadmium por- tion in the battery can be toxic.
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