New president chosen for Hampton school board


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Posted Online: May 14, 2013, 6:24 pm
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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com
HAMPTON -- Jeanette Smith and Lori Risiu were sworn in to serve four-year terms on the Hampton Board of Education on Monday night. They replace Trish Allshouse and Rob Davis who did not run for re-election.

Lisa Reynolds, Joe Jordan and Lori Risius were sworn in to new terms. Ms. Reynolds was chosen as board president and Mr. Jordan as vice president and Ms. Risius as secretary.

In other action, the board agreed to hire Sue Tackabury, Mike Johnson and Gerry Stahr to work as part-time security liaisons at the school. They will join Bill DeVrieze, who began employment on April 23, and are paid at an hourly rate of $13.They will be present during the whole school day.

In a letter sent out to parents last month, Superintendent Tom Berg called the liaisons a "preventative measure" meant to offer "peace of mind." The security liaisons will be tasked to monitor the only unlocked entrance to the school, and will ask visitors to sign in when they enter the school. The security liaison will not handle issues with students.

The board also approved a school maintenance grant application, which if approved, would be used to repair the upper roof of the school building and remove an old chimney. Mr. Berg told the board that there is some leaking during rain, so a new roof is necessary.

"There's about $45,000 worth of work up there, so if we submit the grant, the state will pay for half of it. The roof needs to be done whether we get the grant or not," said Mr. Berg.

The board also approved a holiday waiver, which will allow students to attend school on certain holidays. The old rules were that a district had to apply for a waiver of the state code and the legislature had to act on it. The waiver was good for 5 years, but now it is good for perpetuity, or until the legislature changes it.

"For us it means that we can attend school on Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Casimir Pulaski day. We have been using Pulaski Day as an optional emergency day if needed," Mr. Berg added.

















 



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