For those who think a program is a contract

Below is a quote from the Oct. 2, 2014 minutes in which Mrs. Metzler’s contract was supposedly approved by the board:

Full Day Kindergarten Update (00:07:30) Mrs. Armfield outlined the kindergarten program including the benefits for early learners that enrich student with full day learning and foreign language. Senora Hughes and Senorita Jones outlined the accomplishments of the Foreign Language in Elementary School program (FLES) for kindergarten students. Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Mezquita and Mrs. Bell outlined the benefits of a full day program for the students noting how fast they have come along with the Spanish language and how accustom to the full day schedule they have become. Mrs. Barcelos and Mrs. Dayotis thanked the board for this rich opportunity for both students and staff. They reported on positive feedback from families who have embraced the FLES program.
 Motion: Mr. Collins motioned to approve the progression of the FLES program through the fifth grade in keeping with the current kindergarten students. Mrs. Sherman seconded. After a lengthy discussion, the motion passed by a vote of 6-1-0 (Mrs. Green opposed).
There was never a vote to extend the contract.  There was only the admission that the consultant would have to be extended if the program was carried forward. That is a big difference in substance and in law.
The specific discussion, raised by me,  starts at 46 minutes into the meeting:
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2 responses to “For those who think a program is a contract

  1. Tony

    People keep referring to Sandown Central (up for closing) as the best performing school. Didn’t Sandown North receive the Blue ribbon award ?

    • Yes, indeed it did. We have two excellent schools in Sandown. The Blue Ribbon Award was given in 2011. This is from the NH DOE site explaining the criteria for the award:

      Blue Ribbon Schools
      About the Program

      On July 28, 2002, the Secretary announced that schools singled out for national honors will now reflect the goals of our nation’s new education reforms for high standards and accountability. The No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

      First, it recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to a high level on state assessments or assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade, as determined by the Chief State School Officer (CSSO).

      Second, it recognizes schools whose students, whether from disadvantaged or privileged backgrounds, achieve in the top 10 percent on state tests or the top 10 percent in the state on assessments referenced against national norms at a particular grade. These No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a Washington, DC ceremony and invited to present at Department conferences.

      (I know nothing more about the award than this.)

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