January 20, 2018
Dear Parents/Guardians/Grandparents/and Interested Citizens:
This Newsletter focuses on bringing you up to date on some of the recently unfolding newsworthy events.
Resignation of the Business Manager: Two years ago, Elisha Jackson joined the SAU Administrative Team to address several specific financial issues. Her short-term goal was to resolve them and then explore other career opportunities that would present new challenges. One issue that required resolution was completing financial audits dating back to 2011.
Another goal was to establish financial systems that would allow the District to operate more smoothly. She also was able to complete some of the building and grounds initiatives identified in the Capital Improvement Plan. Elisha accomplished these goals, and now has an opportunity to continue her banking career, with more responsibilities, at TD Bank in Winchester. She will remain an active part of the community and we all wish her much success as she takes on new challenges.
New Hampshire Dance Institute (NHDI): NHDI will be coming to Winchester with professional dance instructors through the month of February to teach/develop/and prepare students for a performance/play that parents will be invited to before the February vacation. This exciting new drama/dance is possible through the financial assistance from the organization, We Got Your Back. The program will be offered during the school day and is open to all students in grades K – 8. Please be looking for a permission form next week. It will be due back at school on or before January 25th.
Next Year’s School Budget (FY19): The Management Team (School Board and Administrators) developed a budget that addressed supplies, programs and services necessary for the coming year. When the process was completed, and after listening to the Budget Committee, it became apparent that reductions would be necessary to have it more affordable to taxpayers. Therefore, this proposed budget was reduced by $373,014.88. This establishes the FY 19 Operating Budget at $11,516,566.97. This represents approximately a 2% increase over last year. Both the School Board and the Budget Committee are recommending this proposed budget. The Default Budget is set at $11,860952.
Next week’s Newsletter will outline the money articles unanimously voted and recommended by the School Board and the Budget Committee. A link will be provided on our Website to bring you to a Financial Summary of this year’s budget.
Curriculum Collaboration with Keene – On Thursday, January 18th, several of our staff attended 6th-12th grade curriculum meetings with the Keene schools and the towns schools which send to Keene High School. One purpose of these meetings was for all the schools to share where they are in the process of moving toward competency-based learning and standards-based assessment and to share resources and ideas. Another purpose was to discuss the entry expectations for various courses in each curriculum area and to support middle school teachers in recommending appropriate courses for students. We were pleased to have confirmation that we are well into the process of working with competencies and performance assessment, which many other schools are just beginning to think about. We were pleased to be included in these meetings and to continue building our connections with area schools.
Thank you for taking the time to review this Newsletter.
Dr. Genovese, M. Duprey, V. Carey