Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Only Certain Things Can Go on the " Official Ballot"

One final word on placing a bond article on the Town warrant. RSA  39:3-d IV:   "IV. Articles concerning the issuance of bonds or notes shall not be placed on the official ballot, unless the municipality has adopted a charter provision authorizing that votes on the issuance of bonds or notes shall be placed on the official ballot or unless the municipality has adopted the provisions of RSA 40:12-14. "
The "Official Ballot" is what is voted on on the second Tuesday in March. 

Q. Can bond issue questions be placed on the official ballot? 
A. The only circumstances under which bond and note questions can be voted on by official ballot is if the town has adopted the provisions of RSA 40:12 through 14, known as the official ballot referendum form of town meeting (SB 2), or has adopted a charter that provides for voting on bond questions by official ballot. RSA 39:3-d. Otherwise, bond questions are put to the voters in the form of articles in the town meeting warrant. They must be voted on by written yes-no ballot distributed to voters at the meeting. If the bond is for an amount in excess of $100,000, that warrant article must be acted on by the town meeting before other articles, and written ballot voting must remain open for at least an hour. RSA 33:8 and 8-a



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Unofficial Moultonboro Primary Results

More than 2400 ballots cast ( 404 absentee). 

Democrats

Sanders:  445
Clinton:  283


Republicans

Trump:   611
Kasich:   257
Bush  :    193
Rubio:    191
Cruz  :    182
Christie: 134
Fiorina:  58
Carson:  22

Monday, February 8, 2016

Community Center Information

The two presentations concerning the proposed Community Center can be found here on the Town website under Major Projects. 
In addition, poster boards with enlarged  ( 24x36) visuals will be at various locations including at the Life Safety Building lobby tomorrow during the primary voting. A good time to grab one of the selectmen if you have any questions.
Remember, if you want accurate information on any aspect of this project, ask a Selectmen, or our Town Administrator.

Tonight's Meetings


  • The Selectmen/School Board joint meeting scheduled for 7pm tonight has been cancelled.
  • The School Board will meet at 6pm and then go into non-public session until 7pm and then conduct it's budget hearing and business meeting. 
  • The BoS will have a brief meeting at 6:30pm at the Life Safety Building at the request of the Moderator to review the election day procedures. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Literally Every Sentence In This Ted Cruz Quote Is Misleading Or False" Huffington Post

"Socialized medicine is a disaster. It does not work. If you look at the countries that have imposed socialized medicine, that have put the government in charge of providing medicine, what inevitably happens is rationing. You have a scarcity of doctors. ... And that means the elderly are told: We're going to ration a hip replacement; we're going to ration a knee replacement. We're going to ration end-of-life care." Senator Ted Cruz  at last nights GOP debate.
I heard this statement as I watched part of the debate and my first thought  was , really Ted? Much of those " facts" were debunked years ago. The one that popped out most annoyingly was the return of the " death panel" nonsense. Idiotic.
The Huffington Post had a lot to say about this, and I agree with their commentary. I get the " limited government" platform, but continually spreading this very old manure to bolster the case to repeal the Affordable Care Act is wrong. What are you going to replace it with?
The better question is why are we so afraid to go toward a system that does work in many countries? Could it be that big health insurers have exerted their considerable influence to see that it doesn't happen?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Yes our Schools are indeed accredited.

C'mon folks. Comments were made last night that our Schools are not "accredited." Perhaps it was just a poor choice of words, but others at the meeting picked up on it and repeated it. That is how things that are not true come to be believed as being fact. And along the way, the truth gets lost.
As we try to build on the positives in our community , such as our school system, it is disheartening to hear such negativity. Our schools are something we should be using to promote our town. Telling people that we " lost our accreditation" is especially counterproductive and very damaging to our community image. The bottom line is that it isn't true.

The full New England Association of Schools and Colleges report is on the Academy website. The following is the SAU announcement of the most recent reaccreditation which also contained a number of commendations.


Moultonborough Academy Continues to be accredited by NEASC

During the school year, 2012-2013, Moultonborough Academy received its reaccreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  NEASC works to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education—pre-kindergarten through doctoral level. 

In December, 2013, following the completion of an intensive self-study process and the week long on-site visit from the NEASC team, Moultonborough Academy received word that the Committee on Public Secondary Schools voted to award MA continued accreditation in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  This vote affirmed that the Academy continues to evolve as an educational institution in line with the NEASC standards.  The committee was impressed with many of the programs at MA and commended us for the following:

-       The extent to which the community charter is evident in the school
-       A safe, positive, and respectful learning environment
-       The degree to which the written curriculum matches the taught curriculum
-       Curriculum which engages students in problem-solving, higher order thinking, and provides opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in authentic ways
-       21st century learning expectations are embedded in our curriculum
-       MA’s personalized education
-       Students are engaged as active and self-directed learners
-       The integration of technology and its availability to students and staff
-       Extra help provided by teachers before, during, and after school
-       A competency based grading system
-       The instructional leadership of the principal and assistant principal
-       The Parent Advisory Council
-       Base Camp program in the middle school
-       Initiative and leadership of the faculty and staff in school improvement
-       Low student to teacher ratio
-       Support of the budget by the community
-       Well maintained school site and plant
-       Mentoring program and other community partnerships
While Moultonborough Academy has been and continues to be a fully accredited school, the staff and administration continue to work to strengthen our instruction, curriculum, and programs for all students in order to fulfill our vision to prepare and empower each student to shape his or her future with knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to thrive in a changing world. 



GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH MEEF

Miller Environmental Education Fund Press Release:

               ATTENTION ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS

               GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE THROUGH MEEF

The Miller Environmental Education Fund (MEEF) is now accepting applications for grant funding for 2016.  These grants will support interested applicants who will have direct contact with Moultonborough children through environmental projects and learning experiences.  Projects that qualify may include: construction of nature trails, wild life monitoring, water quality monitoring or climate change awareness, outdoor classroom activities and supplies, funds can be used to support operations for projects of this type (transportation, supplies, etc.)  Projects previously funded by MEEF have included: A nature garden of native species at MCS, a songbird study including purchase of binoculars for use by all students, a presentation and workshops for children and families by a naturalist encouraging their observations in nature.

MEEF was developed in 2007 out of a profound appreciation for the service and dedication of Michele Miller, former Principal of Moultonborough Central School and the 2006 NH Environmental Educator of the Year award recipient.

Grants this year will be available in amounts up to $5000.

If you have any questions or would like to receive an application call Miranda Ruel, Project Manager, at 476-5535, or e-mail mruel@sau45.org.   Electronic applications must be received on or before March 22, 2016.


MEEF welcomes and encourages your continued support.  Please contact Miranda Ruel if you are interested in making a donation to the fund.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Adele V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Trust Established

Lost amid the bond and budget hearing and unfortunately after just about everyone had left the building, was the funding of the Adele V. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Trust.
In a very generous action by former Moultonboro Fire Chief Richard Plaisted, a check was written payable to the Town of Moultonborough in the amount of $125,000 to establish the scholarship fund from his proceeds of the sale of the Adele Taylor property to the town in 2014.

"Scholarships will be available to members of each years graduating class from Moultonborough Academy who will be pursuing post-secondary education, i.e. 4 year college, 2 year college, Junior College, Professional School or Technical School.
The scholarship money will be paid at the beginning of the second semester directly to the the College, Professional School or Technical School. Applications must be submitted no later than May 15th of each year, to the Guidance Department at Moultonborough Academy."

This is a very generous gesture by Mr. Plaisted and the BoS on behalf of the Town, thanked him for creating this scholarship fund and for his generosity.

Last Reminder: Bond and Budget Hearing Tonight at the Community Auditorium Beginning at 6:30pm

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around out there in cyberspace and newspapers of late. Please come tonight with an open mind so you can vote accordingly on Town meeting day armed with real facts.

"You have to listen to the people who have a negative opinion as well as those who have positive opinion. Just make sure that you are blending all these opinions in your mind before a decision is made."
Carlos Ghosn

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Upcoming Meetings

A reminder that this Thursday at 6:30pm is the public hearing for the proposed Community Center bond. The venue for this and the budget hearing and BoS meeting to follow will be at the MA Auditorium.
The meeting will not be live streamed. This link will take you to the Community Center presentations. Questions and comments on the Community Center issue should be brought to the bond hearing. They will not be posted here. The draft 2016 Town warrant should be on the Town website tomorrow. In the interim, please contact our Town Administrator with any questions or comments.

On Monday, February 8th, the BoS and School Board will meet again in a joint meeting. The main topic of discussion will be a draft charge for the SB/BoS subcommittee.
Tuesday February 9th is of course primary balloting day. Polls will be open at the Life Safety Building from 7am to 7pm. Information on absentee ballots can be found here.