6 - February 3, 2012 | Salem Community Patriot Issues Facing Salem Residents at Deliberative Sessions As a courtesy to our readers, the following
Warrant Articles will be reviewed at Town and School Deliberative Sessions: Town, Saturday, February 4, 9 a.m., Salem High School
Article 12: (By petition) – Adopt the provision of RSA 40:12 (known as SB2) to allow official ballot voting on all issues before the Town on the second Tuesday of March. Required a three-fifths majority, and if adopted, will repeal the official ballot town meeting charter. Article 13: Rescind the action of the 2006 Annual Town Meeting to elect planning board members and instead have the planning board appointed by Board of Selectmen. Article 14: Rescind the action to elect a five member Zoning Board of Adjustment adopted in 2006 and return to a five-member board with four alternates appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Article 15: Operating budget totaling
$35,881,198. Article 16: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Selectmen and members of the AFSCME, Local 1801. Article 17: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Selectmen and members of the State Employees Association of NH (SEA), Local 1984. Article 18: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Selectmen and members of the Salem Public Administrators Association. Article 19: Approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Selectmen and members of the Professional Firefighters of Salem, IAFF, Local 2892.
Article 20: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the
Board of Selectmen and members of the Salem Police Relief, NEPBA Local 22. School, Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m., Seifert Auditorium, Salem High School Article 2: Raise and appropriate $21,500,000 for the design, construction, and original equipping of additions and renovations to the Fisk, Haigh and Soule Schools. Article 3: Operating budget totaling $59,777,128. Should this article be defeated, the operating budget shall be $60,312,713, which is the same as last year. Article 4: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and the Salem Education Association. Article 5: Approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and the Salem Education personnel Association.
Article 6: Approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and the Salem Educational Support personnel Association. Article 7: Approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and the Salem School Custodian Employees Association. Article 8: Approve cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement between the School Board and the Salem Association of Food Service Personnel. Article 9: Raise and appropriate $63,291 representing the interest earnings on the investment of the $14,506,160 in bonds authorized by a vote on Article 2 at the District’s March 9, 2010, Annual Meeting. Article 10: Discontinuance of the Beede Waste Oil Expendable Trust Fund created in March 2003.
New Hampshire Continues to Have One of the Lowest Dropout Rates in the Nation
submitted by New Hampshire Department of Education
Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., New Hampshire’s Education Commissioner, has released dropout data for the 2010-2011 school year, which shows that while the state’s dropout rate has increased slightly, New Hampshire continues to have one of the lowest dropout rates in the nation. New Hampshire’s dropout rate is currently 1.19 percent, which is a slight increase from the previous rate of .97 percent. Since the 2007- 2008 school year, when the state began an intensive focus on reducing the number of high school dropouts and ensuring more young people received a diploma, the dropout rate has been cut by more than 50 percent. The Department of Education, superintendents,
school boards and educators across the state remain committed to the goal set by Gov. John Lynch, which is to reduce the dropout rate to zero by the 2012-2013 school year.
“New Hampshire continues to be a national leader in reducing the number of high school
dropouts. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Lynch, and the cooperation and determination of education administrators and teachers across New Hampshire, we are making tremendous progress on reaching the Governor’s goal of zero dropouts by the 2012-2013 school year,” Commissioner Barry said. “The data contained in this report shows the schools continue to make progress in ensuring more of our young people receive their diploma. It also shows our intensive efforts to identify and reach those most at-risk have been successful.” Five high schools, Mascenic, Hinsdale, Pittsburg, Sunapee and the Academy for Science and Design Charter have reported zero dropouts for two consecutive years. In addition, 10 high schools, Colebrook, Gorham, Hopkinton, Lin- wood, Oyster River, Belmont, Windham, Cocheco Arts and Technology Charter Academy and Virtual Learning Academy Charter, have reported zero dropouts for this year. The Department is reporting the annual dropout rate using the same methodology as in the past,
and is reporting for the second year the cohort rate defined by the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) in parallel with national definitions. The annual dropout report continues to break out students into three subgroups: 1) students who receive GEDs; 2) non-graduating students who are enrolled in college either part time or full time; and 3) students who have dropped out. The annual dropout rates include dropouts during the 2010-2011 school year. The NESSC cohort rate requires four years of student level data. The Department has been collecting student level data since the 2006- 2007 school year. The cohort model includes all students during the past four years who were expected to graduate at the end of the 2010-2011 school year resulting in a more accurate picture of students who were in New Hampshire schools during the past four years. This is the second year that the Department has had sufficient data and reported a cohort rate. For school year 2010-2011, the cohort dropout
rate for students who did not earn a GED and dropped-out of school is 3.30 percent. This is a decline from the 2009-2010 cohort dropout rate of 4.44 percent. The cohort graduation rate also increased from 85.89 percent last year to 86.63 percent this year. “This is clear evidence that our dropout
prevention programs, put in place to complement the increase in the state’s compulsory attendance age are in fact working,” Commissioner Barry said. The complete 2010-2011 Early Exit and Dropout Rates for Grades 9-12 includes rates for each New Hampshire high school, as well as definitions and calculation methods, can be found on the NH Department of Education Website at www.education.nh.gov/data/dropouts.htm
. For more information about dropout prevention
programs contact Paul Leather at 271-3801 or Paul.Leather@doe.nh.gov
. For information about the rate calculation contact Irene Koffink at 271- 3865 or Irene.Koffink@doe.nh.gov
Shaheen, Schumer Announce Super Bowl Beer Bet
As the New England Patriots and New York Giants prepare to face off in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-Patriots) and Chuck Schumer (D-Giants) announced on Twitter today that they’ve thrown down the gauntlet in a wager on the outcome. According to the terms of the bet, a Patriots win means Schumer will buy a New Hampshire craft beer for every member of the United States Senate and a Giants victory requires Shaheen to offer Senate
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Gymnasts Compete in Brestyan’s Invitational
submitted by Ruth Licata Gym-Ken Gymnastics competed at the Brestyan’s
Invitational at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Brestyan’s is the home gym of Olympic star Alicia Sacramone and hopeful Olympian Aly Raisman. Following are the results of the area gymnasts: The level four team took home the second place
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