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Monday, October 19, 2015

Moultonborough School District School Board Invites You to Attend a Presentation and Public Conversation on The New Normal for Public Education

"Our state and community face substantial challenges in meeting the expectations of public school education and community development. Understanding the historic demographic trends and their implications for the operations and educational programming in our schools and community is critical to planning for our future.  

The presentation by Dr. Mark Joyce, Executive Director of the NH School Administrators Association, will profile NH’s Shifting Economic and Educational Trends at the public presentation on October 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Academy Cafeteria.  Understanding the New Forces such as Demographic Changes, Increasing Costs, Different Economic Trends, and Shifts in Student Population will provide the background for the “collective voice” in strategically planning our future educational opportunities. 

Participants in the New Normal presentation will have the opportunity to share their thoughts, suggestions, and ideas on how best to meet the challenges before us in the best interest of our youth, parents, and the greater community.

Please join the School Board on October 20th for this most important opportunity to learn about the educational opportunities before us and create community-based solutions that best represent our collective interests."


All Ears said...

With declining enrollment and small class sizes I'm interested to hear Dr. Joyce's solutions.

Horace Mann said...

He doesnt have any solutions, dont expect to hear any tonight. This is just for community input. They will prepare an expensive report and send it to the school board. These 2 guys are consultants that were hired for big bucks.

Anonymous said...

All Ears......the solution? Spend money, this time to hire a company to "market" Moultonboro. The hope is to attract young families with children. The one thing this town knows how to do is piss away money on one study after another. By the way Blogger, what's the status of the "sidewalk study?"

Moultonboro Blogger said...

There is no sidewalk study.

Anonymous said...

If there was no sidewalk study what was the $85,000, passed at this years town meeting for?

Joseph Cormier said...

Having attended the meeting, the presenters did a good job of providing data and information. They weren't hired to provide solutions. That's supposed to be the "town's" job.

The marketing comment was an acknowledgement of the effort in town to "market" the town to get more kids in the schools. Some believe the school is the main attraction for families moving into MoBo. This is under the guise of improving the MoBo economy. MoBo has to figure out what to market, and for what cause. There's no magic solution. The solution is in the MoBo mirror ... but that mirror appears to be broken.

The attendees were split up into pseudo-Delphi Technique groups, of coming up with, and identify the issues and proposals, for solutions. The same, written on flip chart paper by each table, were assembled, and the presenters will provide feedback. Some of us would have preferred the presenters/moderators, use a flip chart, to write down various comments from the audience en masse, and watch the spontaneous dynamics of the group.

Some of the solutions were: low income housing, make MoBo more attractive for
families to move to MoBo, apple pie, ice cream, motherhood, wave the flag (U.S.). I was leaning towards ... Hail Mary!

There was some comment regarding technology, broadband, in conjunction with virtual classes.

I was surprised when I was asking a one-on-one question to the presenter, who was holding the microphone, not me,(the crowd started yelling "can't hear") about the use of virtual classes, like Khan Academy and other similar on-line education tools. His answer was they are inevitable.

Kudos! to the school administration for providing concrete data and info, via the presenters. There was no disagreement as to the changing school-age demographics.

There was some talk at the table I was at, about school costs. It should be remembered that the school warrants/annual town meeting is separate from the municipal warrants ... although, supposedly, decided by the same legislative body.

It doesn't take a PhD. to know, that is the real guerrilla in the room!

Attendee said...

Moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.
That is all I got from this meeting.
We want. We want. We want.
Have this teacher teach this and that.
Total lack of knowledge of Board of Education certification requirements.
The bottom line is that enrollment is going down and costs are going up.
Table 2 had one suggestion.
Close the high school and send all of the high school students to either Wolfeboro or Meredith. A huge savings if all costs are encompassed. Including salaries, administrators, teachers, teachers aides, custodial staff, retirement, health benefits, electricity, heating, and on and on.
And on top of that the students would probably obtain higher test scores.
But no. Not here in Moultonborough. Just move around the deck chairs on the Titanic of a school system we have here in Moultonborough and well, hope that the ship does not sink.

Joseph Cormier said...

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Terence C. Jatko said...

To Attendee: How can the ship "sink" when it it is buoyed by a seemingly bottomless sea of taxpayer dollars? I can't count the times I've attended school budget meetings and heard some guy (or gal, to be fair) state something to the effect of "I used to live in City Y and our tax rate was XXX, here it's only X, surely we can afford this little bit more for the children" or some such pap.
Have some kind of new-age education scheme(see Common Core)? Let's adopt that. Years later, when the new scheme is proven ineffective or too costly, if that's even possible since it's all "for the children", let's trash that and adopt the newest educational fad. Extra costs? Just stick it to the taxpayers.
Until we collectively wake up and introduce some competition into the education industry, we are going to be stuck with the classic monopoly: ever-increasing price and ever-declining quality. The consumer remains stuck because it's the only game in town.