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February 1, 2013

Donations aid programs in Pentucket district schools


The third-grade Colonial Garden at Page Elementary School got an $810 boost from Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc., and parents in Hilary Seager’s fourth-grade class at Bagnall Elementary School received an area rug valued at $276.88.

Lastly, Ray Gouly, who presented an electrical safety program to Bagnall students, donated $100 to be used at the principal’s discretion because he was impressed with the operation of the school and its students.

In other business on Tuesday, the board OK’d a side letter in its contract with the Pentucket Association of Teachers. The additional agreement provides Pentucket High School librarian Rachael Costello with four comp days during the 2012-2013 academic year as compensation for her leadership role in the district’s Technology Initiative.

“This is an unusual person who’s done an extraordinary job. I wouldn’t want to take advantage of her good nature,” said Mulqueen.

Eichhorst agreed, saying, “She’s helping our teachers so they can help our children — how can you go wrong with that?”

The board approved new policies governing a Gifted and Talented program and Communication. They approved a portion of language in a lease for West Newbury’s Page Elementary School. Before all three town leases can be considered formalized, the School Committee must vote to approve the three documents and have the school board chairman sign them, according to business manager Michael Bergeron.

The board approved an out-of-state field trip for the high school Science League to compete in Maine. Merrimac’s Wayne Adams made the case for picking up the transportation costs for these students in the future. He contended they were among the district’s brightest stars and deserved support for their willingness to represent the school in this highly competitive contest. But Mulqueen said he could not provide transportation for one after-school group without having to provide for all groups.

David Mansfield of West Newbury was reappointed as the town’s representative to the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee.

The board went into executive session at the end of the open meeting in order to discuss collective bargaining strategies for non-union personnel.

Groveland’s Jack Willett was not present at Tuesday’s meeting.

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