Londonderry School Board Begins Transitions For Next Year

With the school year starting to wind down, the School Board took time to recognize some exceptional students from the middle school who won the “What’s Cool about Manufacturing? “contest. (full story on page 6) Superintendent Scott Laliberte also took a moment to recognize the “passing of the torch” for the new Student Council representative. Tyler Cullen introduced Derik Pignone, who will be continuing the work of keeping the School Board informed of the student’s point of view and giving feedback on various issues. Laliberte thanked Cullen for a wonderful year. “He put a lot of work into it this year and gave us some real good feedback,” Laliberte said. “I know the Board appreciates being updated on an ongoing basis from a student’s perspective.”

The Board then went into deliberations to see what action they would take regarding the update on the Adult Education Grant Proposal for FY 2018-19. There are about twenty teachers that work with the adult education program and the idea for adult education in Londonderry was brought about by Londonderry High School (LHS) principal Jason Parent in 2004. In that 14 year period, the program has helped over 600 kids get their diplomas and helped hundreds of other students get credit recovery. This was an easy decision for the School Board to make to submit the proposal to the state of New Hampshire’s Department of Education for the program to be continue its funding.

The meeting wrapped up with the Superintendent’s April Enrollment Report that found the enrollment number at 4,362 students in the Londonderry School District. There has not been much change since the March Enrollment Report, which is typical for this time of year according to the Superintendent. The most significant increase over the course of the month has been in Moose Hill where the enrollment has increased by five students.

Laliberte also made a plea to the audience at home if they themselves or know someone who is relocating out of the district. “We (the school district) would really appreciate the opportunity to know that and to work with you early.” Laliberte said. Laliberte also said, “For parents of new students entering kindergarten in the fall to please contact the district office, because kindergarten registration is being done differently than it has been done in the past.” The number to contact the Londonderry School District office is 603-432-6920. The more advanced notice the district gets about an incoming student, the smoother the transition to kindergarten will be for everyone.

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