Londonderry School District: Deliberative Session Information

Good afternoon, Londonderry School District Families:

Today’s video and infographic focus is on the upcoming Deliberative Session, which is this Friday, 2/10, at 7pm in the Londonderry High School Cafeteria. Childcare is provided by the Londonderry High School National Honor Society. This meeting is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our warrant articles and participate in local politics. We hope to see you there.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se2v7TQeNhk

 

Info graphic about deliberative sessions
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Sincerely,

Dan Black, Superintendent

Londonderry School District: Warrant Articles 9 & 10 Technology Needs

Good afternoon, Londonderry School District Families:

The next video and infographic in our budget and warrant article series showcases technology needs as proposed in Articles 9 and 10. https://youtu.be/7WRzsN97pw4

We have more videos coming on other articles next week, as well as one on the School Deliberative Session, which is 2/10 at 7pm in the LHS Café. Childcare by the LHS National Honor Society will be available.

Sincerely,

Dan Black, Superintendent

1 to 1 Computing Info Graphic

Londonderry School District: District Wide Infrastructure Repair and Replacement

Good morning, Londonderry Families and Staff:

Today we are releasing our next video and infographic connected to the School Ballot Warrant Articles. This information focuses on Article 2: District Wide Infrastructure Repair and Replacement, which proposes a 5 Million Dollar plan to address aging systems, well past their life expectancies, in several of our schools.  This article allows the District to address these systems proactively, before a failure could be catastrophic.  Please see some of those systems here: Budget 2023-2024 Article 2 District Wide Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Bond. – YouTube

More specifics can be found via the attached infographic, as well as on the www.londonderry.org home page.

We will continue to share more videos and infographics as we make our way to the March 14th Election Day since we want to best-inform the community about what is on the School Ballot this year.

Sincerely,

Dan Black, Superintendent

Infrastructure Bond Info Graphic

Londonderry School District Budget: Warrant Articles

Dear Londonderry School District Families:

On March 14th, the citizens of Londonderry will come out to vote on the Town and School Ballots. We have spent many months preparing a lean school budget and proposing warrant articles that keep our schools best supporting the academic and extracurricular needs of our students. This year, we are also committed to sharing what we’ve proposed with our families and community members in as many ways as possible so everyone is informed when they vote. So over the next few weeks, the District will be sharing some short videos and infographics about what you will see on this year’s school ballot. Since the Operating Budget makes up the bulk of our budget, we are sharing that video first today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mAM7n3QP8

In the coming days, we will release more videos on other articles, like the District Wide Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Bond, the 1:1 Device Initiative for LMS, the Custodial Contract, and some of our other items involving school safety.

For more in-depth information, feel free to check out the Superintendent’s Budget link on www.londonderry.org

Click here to view the Proposed Budget Infographic

Sincerely,

Dan Black, Superintendent

Letter from the Londonderry School Board Chair: Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch

At the Londonderry School District, we are grateful to participate in the National School Lunch Programs Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility Program. For about two years, all of us in Londonderry with children in our public school system benefitted from free breakfast and lunch due to generous eligibility criteria set by the USDA. When our current school year began back in September, we went back to the regular eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible- or think you may be eligible- for free or reduced lunch, you must reapply every school year. You may be eligible if your income meets certain limits, your household receives NH SNAP, FDPIR, or NH TANF benefits, or you are housing a foster child. Those who are eligible for free lunch pay nothing out of pocket for breakfast or lunch, while those who are eligible for reduced meals pay nothing for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch, with the eligibility for reduced meals having higher income brackets.

A family of three qualifies for free meals if their yearly household income is less than $29,939 but qualifies for reduced lunch if their income is up to $42,606. For a family of four, these limits increase to $36,075 and $51,338 for free and reduced lunch, respectively.

As a School Board and School District, we want to make sure that any family that is eligible is aware of how to apply and receive these benefits- children cannot focus on learning when they are hungry, and cost should not be the reason students are not eating at school. Applications are confidential- no one knows that your student is receiving free or reduced lunch. If you need help applying, or you are unsure if you may qualify, please reach out to your dining services director Krystle Connell at 603- 432-6941 x2230 or send an email to kconnell@londonderry.org

Thank you,

Amy Finamore

Londonderry School Board

 

From the Kindergarten Committee: Sharing Frequently Asked Questions Document

Just to note, there is nothing in the upcoming March 14th Vote on the Budget that pertains to Full Day Kindergarten. This Committee and the School Board are still gathering feedback from Londonderry on Full Day Kindergarten.

 The Kindergarten Committee has posted a new document to their website that they want to share with all of Londonderry. Since the Committee’s presentation on Full Day Kindergarten in September 2022, we have attended numerous public events and made presentations to gather as much feedback and answer as many questions as possible. Many questions we heard over and over again from the community. For that reason, we are sharing our “FAQ Document” with the community so everyone can see the types of questions we are getting as well as answer them for the community. We were able to answer the eight main questions we keep getting into a simple four page document.

Many of the questions we kept getting were around the research behind Full Day Kindergarten. In this FAQ document, we provide links that summarize the major research done on Full Day Kindergarten in the past for the community to look through.

The Committee presented the answers to these questions last week to the School Board on January 10th – if you are interested in watching the short presentation – it begins about 32 minutes into the School Board meeting – https://youtube.com/watch?v=6iqLgTxPXMw&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE&t=1906.

 Thanks again for your time and interest in Full Day Kindergarten.

The Londonderry Kindergarten Committee