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Principal's March 2016 Newsletter

                                                                                                            March 4, 2016

Dear Main Street School Families,

 

Welcome back everyone from your February break.  If you are a snow hound and love skiing, tubing, or simply walking in the snow, I hope you were able to find a chance to enjoy your passion outdoors.  

 

Jump Rope for Heart- The Jump Rope for Heart program was a huge success on multiple levels.  In addition to the students having fun participating in this program, we raised $5,107 for the American Heart Association.  Thank you for your support of this program. 

Full Day Kindergarten

What is being proposed?

-       The proposal is to build an eight-room addition to MSS to provide Full Day Kindergarten for all Exeter Students.  The addition would be two stories built along the existing gym. 

-       Some additional renovations would also be done to update classrooms to meet current standards for kindergarten classrooms, which include having bathrooms in all Kindergarten classrooms.

-       Other current space needs would also be addressed by this proposal including updating the elevator entrance on the second floor so that it doesn’t go directly into a classroom and by providing some additional learning spaces for students with significant needs who sometimes benefit from having time outside of the classroom.

 Why are we doing this now?

-       We are striving to maintain the quality of our community through top-notch education.

-       The school board has set as one of its goals for several years the study of Full Day Kindergarten and has charged a committee to collect research and information about the value of Full Day Kindergarten. 

-       Two parent surveys were completed on Full Day Kindergarten.  In the spring of 2013 79% of parents wanted Full Day Kindergarten 

-       Full Day Kindergarten would provide more time for student learning in a variety of ways including:

o    More time for creative learning;

o   More time to learn foundational skills;

o    More time to learn and explore other subjects such as health, science, social studies and the related arts;

o   More opportunity for peer interaction and support for social skill development;

o   More time to spend with students in small group and individually to support developmentally appropriate learning strategies.

-       Exeter has maintained steady student enrollment for many years and does not expect to see the decline in enrollment experienced by other surrounding towns. This is the result of Exeter maintaining an affordable housing market that makes it an attractive place to live for young families.

 What is the cost estimate for the addition and renovations?

-       The addition and renovations are estimated to cost approximately $5.4 Million

-       The estimated impact on the tax rate will vary between $.41-$.31 per $1000 house value over the ten year term of the bond.

 Voting on all Exeter School District warrant articles will be Tuesday, March 8th at the Talbot Gym at Linden Street from 7:00 am to 8:00pm. 

 I greatly appreciate the time and care that the Exeter School Board and the school staff has taken to create this proposal and again encourage people to take the time to vote.  If you have any questions about this proposal, please feel free to contact me.

 

                                                                                                            Yours truly,

                                                                                                             Steve Adler