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Pelham - Windham News 6 - March 18, 2011

PHS Students Compete for Scholarship Funds through Math Challenge

submitted by David W. Gilcreast, Dean of Mathematics, Pelham High School Who spends 14 hours on a Saturday in school

working on a mega math problem? Four Pelham High students did to compete for $20,000 in scholarships. At 7 a.m. on March 5, Ben Bradbury-Koster, Ryan Birmingham, Alexander Chen, and Steven Hammer arrived in the high school library to download the competition problem from Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The Challenge is an Internet-based, applied mathematics modeling competition for high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools on the East Coast. It is sponsored by SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematicians, and is funded by The Moody’s Foundation. The goal of the competition is to get students excited about mathematics and motivate them to consider pursuing careers in applied mathematics, economics, finance, and related fields. The challenge is a realistic problem that illustrates the power of mathematics as a problem-solving tool, and the topic is straight from the issues of the day. In recent years,

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the challenge problem led participating students to think about the effectiveness of biofuel and how to improve the U.S. Census count. This year, students explored the impact of the southwest drought on Lake Powell and how the change in the lake would affect the water supply and the economy of the region. Finally, the students would make recommendations on how residents could implement water conservation efforts to maintain a minimal capacity in Lake Powell. Ben, Alex, Steve, and Ryan competed against 567 other teams and 2,585 students this weekend and submitted a final draft of their solution by the 9 p.m. deadline. Now, panels of professional applied mathematicians screen the submissions and select the best solutions based of the approach, methods, and creativity in problem-solving and mathematical modeling. These solutions are forwarded to the panel of judges, who select the top six teams. These teams are invited to Moody’s Corporation headquarters in Manhattan to present their solution orally to the judges, after which a final placement is determined. All of these teams win scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 at an awards ceremony. The winners are also invited by SIAM to apply for a 10-week summer internship at Moody’s Corporation. The team will be notified of the results of the judging in April.

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country music filled the air as well as the smell of ham, beans, chili, cornbread, and more, which was rustled up at the chow line! The food and fun raffle was a hit and prizes were donated by local businesses. “We want to thank the Pelham business community for being extremely supportive of the VFW,” said Commander Mark McCabe. “It is greatly appreciated and I wish to thank Diane Brunelle of our Ladies Auxiliary for her efforts in obtaining many these donations.” Folks dressed as cowgirls/boys and the winner of the costume contest received a free ticket to next month’s Texas Roadhouse Event, which will be held at the Pelham Fish and Game on Saturday, April 9, from 12-4 p.m. This will take the place of the April theme dinner, and is sponsored by the Royal Red Hats to benefit the Pelham VFW. “The Royal Red Hats are one of the user groups of the Post and we wish to express our sincere gratitude to them for holding this event. This will go a long way in helping to the VFW to continue to support all its Veterans Programs,” McCabe stated. Flyers are up around town! The Pelham VFW will also be holding a “Friendly’s Family Fun Night” at the Nashua Friendly’s Restaurant on the D.W. Highway near BJ’s. This will run from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, April 11. A percentage of the proceeds taken in that night during that time period will go to the Pelham VFW! Those flyers are also up around town. Call 635-1540 for additional information.

SAU #28 Seeking Assistant Business Administrator

by Barbara O’Brien It wasn’t until a resident of Windham came right out and asked

School Board members what was going on with the position of Business Administrator that they admitted, publicly, that former Windham Business Administrator Donna Clairmont had resigned and they were actively seeking someone to serve as assistant business administrator for the entire School Administrative Unit (SAU #28). SAU #28 is comprised of Windham and Pelham. Long-time Windham resident Bob Coole, who said he came across the information about hiring an assistant business administrator while searching online, posed the question to School Board members. “I saw on the Internet that the SAU is looking for an assistant business administrator,” he said. “Why? We already have two business administrators.” “We’re looking to change that,” School Board Chairman Bruce Anderson replied. For the past several months, School Board members maintained that Clairmont was out on medical leave and would return to her duties as soon as possible. In the interim, Adam Steel, who is currently Pelham’s Business Administrator, filled in for Clairmont. Steel only began working for Pelham as business administrator last year, when the former business administrator, Kathleen Sargent, suddenly left the job. Anderson provided no information about Clairmont other than

to say she tendered her resignation several weeks ago and that it became effective on March 8, the same day as the Town and School District Elections. “It was an unexpected resignation,” Anderson said. Steel told Coole that it is much more effective to have one business administrator to cover both school districts, than to have one for each of the two individual districts. “No other SAU has this model of one business administrator for each district,” Steel said. “What about Pelham? Do they know about it?” Coole asked. Anderson said a new SAU employee could not be hired without the


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approval of the full SAU Board, which includes both the Windham and Pelham School Boards. He did not say, however, if the Pelham School Board was already aware of the SAU seeking an assistant business administrator.

Coole also mentioned that the 2011-2012 budget includes enough money to pay for two business administrators. “That’s starting the new year with a $23,000 to $28,000 surplus,” he said, as an assistant business administrator would likely have a lower salary than the business administrator would. According to the SAU Website, the advertisement was posted on

February 22 and the position of assistant business administrator is available “immediately.” The salary is listed as $52,000 to $57,000, depending on the applicant’s experience. The job description includes assisting the business administrator, currently Adam Steel, in oversight and administration of all job functions of the business office, including facilities, transportation, financial management, food service, and information technology, including the following: •

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Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality. • Comprehend, interpret, and apply regulations, procedures, and related information. • Assemble information in a concise manner. • Monthly verification and submittal of Food Service reimbursement from the Department of Education. • All other duties as assigned. Work experience requirements for the assistant business administrator include the following: • Extensive accounting and bookkeeping experience in a corporate or educational environment. • Knowledge of bookkeeping principles and procedures. • Knowledge of payroll processing procedures. • Understanding of state/federal grant processing/compliance regulations. • Outstanding organizational skills, including effective use of various hardware and software applications. • Extensive experience using Microsoft Excel for financial reporting and analysis. SAU #28 Superintendent Frank Bass said school administrators are concerned about the continuity of services to both Pelham and Windham. “We’re looking to blend quality and talent,” Bass said, referring to Steel’s abilities as a business administrator. “This will provide for a smoother transition and give us greater flexibility.” According to the advertisement for an assistant business administrator for SAU #28, the application period will remain open until the job is filled.

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