Lost and Hopefully, to Be Found

Becky Spaulding posted this comment under the school board minutes.  I did approve the comment so it can be found there but I know that often readers don’t notice and therefore, do not read, Comments.  I wanted to be sure this was read and received as much publicity as possible. – Lil



School Board Meeting Minutes – 10/13/14



Fall Mountain Regional High School Library

Monday, October 13, 2014

Public Session

Board Vice Chairperson, John Streeter called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM in the Fall Mountain Regional High School Library. In attendance were, Andy Collins, Lil DeCoste, Gabe St. Pierre, David Hogan and Linda Christie. Also in attendance were Lori Landry and Jamie Teague.


Motion: (St. Pierre/Christie) to approve the minutes from Monday, September 22, 2014 Public Session. Passed unanimously.

Minutes: (DeCoste/St. Pierre) to approve the minutes from Monday, September 22, 2014 Non-Public Session. Passed unanimously.


Superintendent Landry reported that Dr. David Pook led today’s Professional Development Day for PK-8th grade educators, with a focus on Writing and ELA for Common Core. Teachers from the HS works worked with Paul Ezen on the Leadership Initiative. Best practices and SLO’s were discussed.

Superintendent Landry also reported that the tech committee is working out details of the community forums to be held in each attendance area.

Ms. Landry mentioned that the Commissioner of Education, as part of the League of Innovative Schools would honor the HS Leadership Team in Concord Tuesday afternoon.

Superintendent Landry briefly discussed CTE programming, the Homeland Security audit, the recycling event and National Board Certification.


Tom Ronning reported that Emily Phillips has been selected as the school board student representative. She will attend the October 27th meeting.

Lil DeCoste reported that eight teachers completed the requirements for National Board Certification and approximately six are on the horizon for this year. The committee has requested that before the calendar gets set for next year, that consideration be made for the presenter to come in during the October PD day or 4 days before school starts.

Lil DeCoaste also reported that on October 1st, the Fall Mountain Regional School District Preschool Team was recognized by the Parent Information Center of NH for Parent Involvement in Education.

The board discussed the food service proposal and a recommendation was made to sign with the Abbey Group.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Christie) to accept the proposal from the Abbey Group to manage food service for the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Motion passed unanimously.


Motion: (Christie/DeCoste) to approve a conditional contract for Hillary Robinson, Grade 5 Teacher, Vilas effective October 14, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (DeCoste/St. Pierre) to approve a conditional contract for Gordon Dansereau, Athletic Director, FMRHS effective October 14, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.

Lil DeCoste expressed how pleased she was with the selection process and how much she is looking forward to having an experienced person in the role as Athletic Director.

Mr. Dansereau stated that it is an honor to come to Fall Mountain and that we need to work together as a whole. He further stated that he is look forward to working with everyone and is ready to go.

Motion: (DeCoste/Hogan) to approve the transfer of Joanne Thomas from inclusionary paraprofessional position S232 to S33 at Charlestown Middle School. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/Christie) to approve the following co-curricular contracts:

Chris Fecteau-Winter Spirit Coach (FMRHS)

Larry Sayers-Boys Cross Country Skiing Coach (FMRHS)

Kate Northcott-Girls Cross Country Skiing Coach (FMRHS)

Rick Elliot-Varsity Winter Track Coach (FMRHS)

Jason Bardis-Varsity Boys Basketball Coach (FMRHS)

Pat Allen-JV Boys Basketball Coach (FMRHS)

Jon “Boomer” Aumand-Varsity Girls Basketball Coach (FMRHS)

Russ Pickering-JV Girls Basketball Coach (FMRHS)

Meghan Hannson-JH Cross Country Running Coach (FMRHS)

Rich Senerchia-Boys Soccer Coach (WES)

Jeff Faulkner-Co-Boys Basketball Coach  (WES)

Allen Parker-Co-Boys Basketball Coach (WES)

Michelle O’Brien-Girls Basketball Coach (WES)

Heidi Plummer-Spirit Team Coach (Vilas)

Jared Bobbin-Boys Basketball Coach (Vilas)

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Collins) to accept the retirement of Amy Jenkins, Nurse, FMRHS effective June 30, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Christie/Hogan) to accept the resignation of Mindy Markwell, District SLPA effective October 24, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/DeCoste to approve the transfer of Judy Kinrade, Bus Driver from S173 to S176 effective October 14, 2014. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Collins) to grant permission for Teri Finando-Zelenetz to lead a trip to Spain, April 2016. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Hogan/Christie) to approve the following overnight trips for the FMRHS Ski Club:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015-Jay Peak Resort in Jay, VT

Friday, March 6, 2015-Roundhearth at Stowe in Stowe, VT.

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (St. Pierre/Hogan) to approve the request form the following Sunday events:

FMRHS Girls Basketball: Sunday, December 21, 2014-Keene State Basketball Tournament

FMRHS Boys Basketball: Sunday, December 28, 2014-Keene State Basketball Tournament

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Hogan/Christie to accept amended policy JICK-Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention-Bullying for first reading.

Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (DeCoste/Christie) to accept amended policy IFA-Instructional Needs of Each Individual Student for first reading. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Chrisite/DeCoste) to accept amended policy IK-Earning of Credit for first reading. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Chrisite/Collins) to accept amended policy EB-Joint Loss Management Committee for first reading. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Hogan/Chrisite) to accept new policy GBED-Tobacco Products Ban-Use and Possession by Employees in and on school facilities and/or Grounds for first reading. Motion passed unanimously.

A brief conversation ensued regarding the restriction of an employee possessing tobacco products on school grounds.

Motion: (DeCoste/Christie) to send policy GBED-Tobacco Products Ban-Use and Possession by Employees in and on school facilities and/or Grounds back to policy committee for further review. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion: (Collins/St. Pierre) to enter into non-public session. Motion passed unanimously.

After an affirmative roll call vote, the board entered non-public session at 7:29 PM under RSA 91-A:3 (a) (c) to discuss a personnel issue and a student concern.

The board exited non-public session at 9:03 PM and resumed public session.

Motion: (Christie/DeCoste) to accept the Superintendent recommendation for termination of Melissa Heavisides. Motion passed unanimously.


Respectfully submitted,

Misty D. Bushee

School Board Clerk


Did You Know? – 10/28/14

On Thursday, October 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the FMRHS math department will host a parent night to share ideas how to help our youth with math. We hope you can join us. Location: FMRHS library

As a member of the New England Secondary School Consortium our school has been undergoing a self-assessment pertaining to global best practices in education. After our self-assessment we will develop a plan, with your input, to further personalize learning in our school community.

Our Students Point of View about learning at FMRHS is: “I am a student at Fall Mountain who needs to understand how learning empowers me and positively affects my future because I need to be prepared to live a full and rich life as a contributing member of my community.”

Our school has a new Athletic Director, Mr. Gordon Dansereau. Please welcome him and share your ideas about how we can improve.

St John’s Church Holiday Fair – 11/22/14

Looks like another busy Saturday but – talk about “One Stop Shopping”….! – Lil


St. John’s Episcopal Church in Walpole will host a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9 AM to 2 PM in the parish hall on Elm Street.

This year’s fair will include St John’s famous Cookie Walk, featuring dozens and dozens of home baked cookies. The Holly and the Ivy table will have wreaths, swags, and centerpiece decorations. The Harvest Home table will have with pies (perfect for Thanksgiving!), muffins, tea breads, chocolate-covered pretzels, fudge, novelty Christmas treats, and delicious jams and pickles made from produce harvested from local gardens. Beautiful ornaments and Christmas decorations, including hand painted sled ornaments which can be personalized with names while you shop, will be for sale at the Deck the Halls table.

The lunch menu will include several choices, including hot dogs and chips, bowls of chili with tortilla chips, or slices of quiche with side salads. St John’s is located at the corner of Westminster and Elm Streets, opposite Town Hall. Come out and join in the festivities on November 22!

And while you’re out and about, be sure to visit all the other organizations that are hosting events in town on that day, including:

* The Walpole Congregational Church, next to the Walpole Common

* The Walpole Farmer’s Market, on the Walpole Common

* The Orchard School, at the Walpole Town Hall

* The Walpole Village School at the bottom of Westminster Street

* The Walpole Historical Society Museum and Gift Shop in the Academy Building on Main Street

Each event will hold a door prize raffle. Pick up a door prize flyer at any event, and be sure to enter each raffle!

For more information about the Holiday Fair, our Art After School programs, or about St. John’s Church, please call the church office at 603-756-4533 or send email to rector@stjohnswalpole.org.

Another event for your Saturday calendar – 10/25/14







The headline assumes that you already have the 5K race at 9:00 AM, The Freinds of the Library Book Sale from 10:00-2:00.  Spooktacula for Kids from 11:00-3:00 as well as for adults at 8:00 PM. – Lil

Did You Know – 10/20/14

From Tom Ronning, Pricipal FMRHS – Lil


1) The New Hampshire grade level summary report has been released for the science NECAP test taken in May 2014. Our results:

Level 4 Proficient with Distinction FMRHS 1%; NH 1%

Level 3 Proficient FMRHS 33%; NH 28%

Level 2 Partially Proficient FMRHS 41%; NH 47%

Level 1 Substantially below Proficient FMRHS 25%; NH 24%


Last year the average SAT scores for FM students increased.

Reading: from 497 to 516

Math: from 488 to 498

Writing: from 484 to 502


2) FMRHS recently had two guests to speak at staff meetings:

  • Mark Kostin shared information about Global Best Practices in education on October 6
  • Rose Colby shared information on competency based learning for our students on October 9

3) The FMRHS teachers used Monday, October 13 for professional development in:

  • The Vision, Mission, and Action Plan for Personalized Learning
  • Personalization and Relevance
  • Competency Based Education
  • Assessment Practices
  • Writing across the curriculum
  • Math across the curriculum

Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting Minutes – 10/15/14

Walpole Zoning Board of Adjustment

Minutes: October 15,  2014


Present: Board Members: Chair Myra Mansouri, Vice-Chair Peggy Pschirrer, Clerk Ernie Vose, Jan Galloway Le Clerc, Mary Therese Lester.

Alternates: Stephanie Stoughton, Bob Anderson, Judy Trow.

Recording: Marilou Blaine.

These minutes are unapproved and will be reviewed at the November 19, 2014 meeting for corrections, additions and/or omissions.

Roll Call: Ms. Mansouri called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Three Alternates were needed to hear Public Hearing No. 1 because Ms. Pschirrrer and Mr. Vose recused themselves and one board member was a couple of minutes late.

Minutes: Ms. Mansouri said she would take discussion of the minutes after the Public Hearing.

Old business:

Public Hearing No. 1. (cont’d) Expansion of a Non-conforming Use. Conversion of the former American Legion building at 73 Main Street into a business for Costume Ladies. Tax Map No. 20, Lot No. 52 in the Commercial Zoning District. The building is owned by Mr. Ray Boas, Ms. Barbara Kasper and Ms. Lynne Rollins-Kinnier. The business is owned by Ms. Kasper. The application was approved as complete.

Mr. Boas said that there was a Site Plan Review by the Walpole Planning Board the previous evening. The owners’ new plan was approved and the main concern of neighbors – the display window –  had changed. There were no abutters at this Public Hearing.

The main points Mr. Boas made were:

There are no changes to the site. The topography and driveway are the same,

The existing lighting of the parking lot, which one neighbor complained was too bright, was reduced by two-thirds.

The porch and steps in the front of the building  will be removed making the set back from the highway five (5) more feet. The area will be grass.

The porch and steps take up 72 square feet. The new drawings show that this display area will now be 59 square feet or 14 square feet less. The windows are now roughly knee height to head height.

The lighting in that porch or display area will be on a timer and probably of less intensity than most living rooms in the area and turned off when most people turn off their lights.

The flagpole will be illuminated in accordance with requirements for an illuminated flag.

Ms. Mansouri said she didn’t understand about the time lights would go off.  The business closes around 6 or 7 p.m. Is that when the lights will go off? she asked.

Ms. Kaspser said the lights would be on longer, probably to about 9 p.m. – to catch the people traveling by on their way home from work.  We want people to know where we are now, she said. The lights will be interior lights and shouldn’t bother people nearby.

Ms. Stoughton questioned the footprint of the building, asking what the size of the display area would be. Mr. Boas repeated that the area had 14 square feet less. He added the display area would be 13¼  feet by 4 feet.

Ms. Stoughton made a motion to accept the proposal for the change to the Non-conforming Use and the new plan as presented. Ms. Trow seconded the motion and the board approved the changes.

Minutes: Mr. Vose pointed out that Judy Trow is an Alternate and was listed as a Board Member. The minutes were approved with that correction.

Gravel Pit Inspection Reports: Everyone turned in the Gravel Pit Inspection Report to which they were assigned. Letters will be sent to the owners.

Comments: Fred Houghton of Chesterfield is in charge of the Cold River pit and gave the commissioners a nice tour, Mr. Vose said.

Ms. Pschirrer and Mr. Anderson noticed a minor concern at the Industrial Park Pit owned by Hodgkins & Sons. Mr. Anderson the embankment was too steep and Roger Hodgkins agreed to fix it.

In Drewsville, Ms. Pschirrer reported, there was no excavation going on there. It was being used for storage of some sand and gravel and there was no standing water.

Ms. Le Clerc said everything was in order at the Graves pit.

Mr. Vose said Mr. Fred Aldrich was in now charge of Whipple Hill. There was very little gravel taken out of this pit.

There was not a problem at Joe Sawyer’s pit, Ms. Lester said.

Water Protection Proposal

Ms. Mansouri said she appreciated Jennifer Palmiotto, executive director of Granite State Water Association, coming to the meeting and even though the Planning Board is actually responsible for putting the amendment on the ballot, the Zoning Board also helps in writing them.

The Planning Board will meet to discuss the revisions on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 7 p.m. at their regular workshop meeting and there is a Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Ms. Mansouri asked the board members to go over the revisions and then attend the workshop session on Oct. 28.

Mr. Vose said the rule is that the Planning Board has a Public Hearing and if there are no changes, the revised ordinance is accepted as final and put on the ballot to be voted on in March. If there are some changes, the Planning Board has to hold another Public Hearing.

Board members received copies of: the current ordinances, a summary of the changes, and a combination of the current ordinances and the proposed revisions dated 10-14.

Ms. Palmiotto started with a little history. In 2002, the selectmen decided that the public water system should be studied every three years. The first  group to study the public water supply was composed of a variety of people – businessmen, the agricultural community, residents from different parts of town. The final product was a plan on how Walpole could proactively protect the water supply. It included land conservation, purchase of some land around the wellheads and education in the school system and at Hooper Institute. The plan was adopted in March 2004 by a healthy majority and a minor amendment to the Ordinance passed in 2008. The document does not provide any legal teeth, it is just to advise.

The village of Walpole has two public wells: one is directly west from Shaw’s Market near the Connecticut River and the other one is on Watkins Hill Road. The one by the Connecticut River is very prolific – pumping 250 gallons per minutes. The Watkins Hill well pumps 25 gallons per minute. There are other public water supplies within Walpole – Hooper Golf Course, Bensonwwod, Drewsville Head Start and North Walpole. These drinking water sites can serve 25 or more people for six months of the year. Once a well is determined “public” it falls into a category that requires a certain amount of testing, filing with the EPA and having a certified operator. These are not community wells. They are called transient systems.

Ms. Palmiotto had maps showing where the wells were. There was a red line on the map go around each well. She said there is a protocol for uses of the land within the red line. Doug Heath, a retired EPA employee living in Walpole, did the delineations for these wells and recently did a refinement of the Watkins Hill well. Ms. Palmiotto was not sure if his refinement had been recently adopted.

In May 2013, the committee began work on this new public water supply document. The group met monthly. The committee names are listed in the introduction of the revisions.

The group, Ms. Palmiotto said, compared our ideas to a N.H. Department of Environmental Services model and invited a DES specialist to one of our meetings. He gave the group material to peruse. The group also examined ordinances use by other towns, most specifically the town of Berlin. The group then submitted a draft to Southwest Regional Planning Commission at no cost for the town for members. They gave us some feedback. The group incorporated what Southwest Region Planning had to say and at its final meeting on Oct. 1, the committee voted to support the revised draft.

Ms. Palmiotto suggested reading the two documents to see the differences. Then Ms. Palmiotto discussed some of the revisions, many of which revolved around wording issues. For example, an aquifer, to be clear, can go on for miles. The committee limited the scope to the wellhead surface area. Here is a broad look at the revisions:

Definitions were moved from Section 8 to Section III and unnecessary terms were removed (e.g. stratified drift, stratified drift aquifers). In addition, definitions were added for some terms such as “impervious surface” and “junkyards”.

Section IV improves the Overlay District description. Specific references are made to maps, which have been officially adopted on a certain date. The Wellhead Protection area around Watkins Hill was re-delineated and sent to EPA and DES. Ms. Palmiotto wasn’t sure where the change was in the process of acceptance but the NH Municipal Association might know how to find that out.

In Section V Determination and Adjustment of the Boundaries of the district are better defined.

In Section VII specific performance standards are outlined for all uses in the Wellhead Protection overlay District (unless the use is exempt. See Section XIII).

Section VIII adds a “Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan” for conditional uses that use regulated substances within the district (wellhead protection areas). This comes directly from the state.

Section IX describes the review and approval process for all applications withing the District.

Section X spells out 14 prohibited uses. Commercial animal feed lots was removed from current ordinance. Four uses were added: K. concrete, asphalt and tar manufacturing; L. Fueling and maintenance of large earth moving equipment; M. Sewerage/wastewater treatment system; N. Hazardous waste facility.

Section XI provides additional clarification on conditional uses.

Section XII adds a section on existing nonconforming uses.

Section XIII highlights exemptions (e.g. private residences, temporary storage of construction materials, sale transport and use of pesticides etc.)

Section XV describes the process for maintenance and inspection of performance standards. The revised draft includes a table highlighting prohibited uses and conditional uses.

Ms. Palmiotto recommended using Geographic Information System or GIS technology and said it could be very useful to a zoning board and Southwest Regional Planning could help the town establish one.

Ms. Palmiotto suggested if anyone is interested there is “The Model Groundwater Protection Ordinance” online and it can be downloaded from the NH DES site. Go to the Groundwater and Drinking Water Bureau. It is one of the references used by the committee.

Correspondence: Ms. Mansouri noted that the selectmen addressed the problem on Main Street across from the Bellows Walpole Inn regarding the number of unregistered vehicles on this site. The selectmen had received a letter from the Chair of the Zoning Board about this matter. The area seems to have been cleaned up.

There were two letters from the NH Division of Historical Resources about possible archaeological materials on the Abenaki Springs Development land on Route 12. The state archeologist is looking into the matter.

Sign Ordinance: Nathan Lynch submitted a color photograph of the sign he wants to put at his business on South Street. The sign is set back 10 feet from the road and 14 feet from the drive way. The sign post is 8 feet 4 inches, the cross post is 4 feet, 3 inches and the actual sign is 3 feet by 2 feet. Since all these dimensions and distances conform to the Walpole sign code, a motion was made and seconded, to approve the sign and the rest of the board agreed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marilou Blaine


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