March 17 2021 Meeting

March 17 2021 School Board Meeting
Posted on 03/19/2021

School Board News 

March 17, 2021 


School Board members including Student Representative Megan Deane and Superintendent Morse expressed appreciation for the leadership of Thomas Newkirk who served as School Board Chair for the last 7 years. Dr. Newkirk continues to serve as a School Board member.

Andre Kloetz of Bauen Construction provided an update on the new Middle School construction. Construction is now over 42% complete. Interior framing as well as mechanical, electrical, and pumping installation is in full swing. The dark blue layer on the exterior is a rubber sealant and is now being covered with 3 inches of foam insulation and fireproof plywood. Additional insulation is being installed on the inside of the exterior walls. The existing ORMS gymnasium will be demolished beginning over April school vacation. To make way for driveway and parking lot work.

Kendall Gray and Maggie Morrison, ORCSD Sustainability Coordinator, presented a greenhouse gas inventory for the school district. This is the first study of its kind for a public-school district in New Hampshire and will inform a Sustainability Management Plan for the district.

March 24, 2021 and April 19, 2021 will be teacher workshop days with no school for students. This is a change to accommodate the vaccination of all ORCSD and Barrington school staff as well as licensed childcare and youth rec program personnel. The vaccination pod is being run by Strafford County Public Health Network at ORHS.

The School Board approved Dr. Morse's request to begin planning for a 5-days-per-week, full day school model. The district wants to have plans in progress should the State order a change. No decisions have been made yet about implementation. The School Board will meet on March 24, 2021 in a workshop meeting to discuss planning progress. 

School Board workshop is a public meeting, but with a limited agenda. The school board will not take any actions or votes. Workshop meetings are generally not televised and do not include public comments. The public is always invited to provide input by email to [email protected]. The next regular meeting of the School Board including public comments is scheduled for April 7, 2021.

In order to allow staff to focus on planning for the potential 5-full-day model, the elementary schools will not add Wednesdays as synchronous learning days in April as previously announced.