March 3 2021 Meeting

March 3 2021 School Board Meeting
Posted on 03/04/2021
On March 3, 2021, the Oyster River School Board approved Athletic Director Andy Lathrop's proposal for spring sports at ORHS and ORMS, which builds on the success of fall and winter athletics programs. Outdoor sports will be able to accommodate 2 spectators per player. Go Bobcats!

Assistant Superintendent Todd Allen has been working with many teachers, staff, and towns of Lee and Durham to develop an in-person, primarily outdoor REACH program for this summer. REACH is expected to run 5 weeks from July 5 to August 5. The Oyster River School Nutrition department will offer FREE meals to all children in Oyster River during REACH days (and through the remainder of this school year). Once again, ORCSD will partner with the Town of Durham Park & Rec to offer afternoon programming. Final location, scheduling, and program offerings will be published as details are finalized. The programs will not be offered at Oyster River Middle School this summer due to ongoing construction.

The School Board approved a recommendation from Elementary Principals Misty Lowe and David Goldsmith to extend in-person and remote teaching to Wednesdays for grades K-4. Starting the week of April 5, elementary students will have classes 5 days per week. Ms. Lowe and Mr. Goldsmith commended the dedication and tremendous work teachers and staff have invested this year to redesign their curriculum for the hybrid and remote teaching environment. They also recognized the contribution of all staff, students, and families in adhering to infection control precautions to make this year successful.

High School and Middle School staff and students continue to prepare for 2 days-per-week in-person school starting Monday, March 8.

The Long Range Planning Committee has continued to meet regularly refining the models used to predict future ORCSD student populations. The LRPC is seeking an additional member who is a Madbury resident.

Finally, the School Board reluctantly accepted Assistant Superintendent Todd Allen's intent to retire at the end of June. Mr. Allen has served Oyster River for 36 years as a parent, teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Dr. Morse appreciated Mr. Allen as a caring, kind, and thoughtful educator who has been instrumental in the success of Oyster River students, teachers, and staff.

Election Day in all Oyster River towns and for the school district is Tuesday, March 9. The school district ballot is a separate 2-sided ballot that voters fill in at the same time they fill in their town ballots.