It’s been quiet here at Newmarket Solutions for the past several weeks as we have been busy enjoying our families over summer vacation. I attended my first school board meeting in several weeks last night and it’s clear that the School Board hasn’t taken a vacation this summer. Here’s an update:
- One of the first topics discussed was the cleaning up of the Carpenter property. The SB voted unanimously to approve the estimated $23,750 for the burning of the property and the $42,000 for the subsequent cleanup. The Superintendent, Mike Martin, plans to ask the Town Council to approve impact fees for the cleanup of the property to help offset some of those costs and that should take place at over the next few weeks.
- The Superintendent search continues. The committee has added 2 more members and the current committee consists of Clay Mitchell, Arlon Chaffee, Kimberly Shelton and Craig Dionne. Most importantly, there will be another opportunity for the community to give feedback on this very important topic. It is tentatively scheduled for September 10 at 7pm and we will keep you posted.
- The Business Administrator gave an update on the summer facilities projects in the district. Overall, she reported that all projects are expected to be completed on time, prior to the start of school. Currently, the F&LS project at NJSHS is 45% complete. The first round of change orders totals $25,000 and include issues such as reinforcing the corridor wall, wiring, reconfiguring the science room and removal of a heat register. Some of these change orders are being disputed by the SAU, but progress is continuing. Other projects include the Perkins building, which is 60% complete and the Kindergarten bathroom project, which is 95% complete.
- Facilities continues to be a major topic for the School Board. The facilities committee received proposals from 8 architects and have narrowed it down to 5 firms. They have scheduled interviews for 8/24, 8/25 and 9/13 from 5:30-8:30pm. The public will not have input during these interviews, but is invited to attend. In addition, Mike Kenison reported that they have been working on communication in this area and have been working on a web page and Facebook page in order to make communication with the community at large as easy as possible.
The next School Board meeting is scheduled for August 20 at 7:00pm.