Message from Chair of the School Board on COVID-19 Grants

Good afternoon – this is Mike Saucier, Chairman of the School Board this year.

While it is not the practice of the School Board to respond to rumors or social media chatter – based on the number of people who have reached out to the Board with concerns I felt it necessary in this case to issue a statement to be sure that the public has the correct information.

1. The COVID relief grant is just that – a federal funding plan to help schools and districts recover from the challenges of the pandemic and to prepare all of us for the final weeks of this year.

This grant has nothing to do with school curriculum.  There is a separate process for all of those discussions. Any discussions about changing our state’s education curriculum would come with full public notice as well as input from both the NH Department of Education and from Commissioner Frank Edelblut.

Specifically, any conversations or debates about “CRT” are happening at the state level, in the New Hampshire legislature. We are monitoring those discussions and pieces of legislation such as HB 544.  Those debates are not a part of the work being done by Londonderry School Board.  Those are questions best directed to our state lawmakers and to Commissioner Edelblut.

The Board supports moving forward with this COVID relief grant. We believe it will help us offset the expenses and financial losses our district and our taxpayers have all suffered since the early months of 2020.

2. The process for the Covid grants that the federal government has used is to send all information to the states.  Then the state governments send guidance to local districts.  It is the state’s job to monitor how that money is spent by the local districts – here is a link to that guidance that we are following – https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-learner-support/bureau-of-instructional-support/cares-act-funding

To be as clear as possible – the Covid grant money has nothing to do with CRT and the School Board is not considering, discussing, or debating anything to do with CRT.  Anyone sharing information that says otherwise is misinformed.

I will close by encouraging all people to reach out directly to the school district if you have questions or concerns and to receive accurate information.  You can reach out to the full School Board through email at schoolboard@londonderry.org or you can reach out to Superintendent Scott Laliberte at slaliberte@londonderry.org

Michael Saucier – Chairman of the School Board

Legal Notice of Public Hearings (Tuesday May 4th)

LONDONDERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT
LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Londonderry School District will conduct two public hearings at their May 4, 2021 scheduled meeting.  The first public hearing will be the acceptance of the Federal ESSER II Grant.  The Londonderry School District is scheduled to receive $696,335 to defray the costs associated with the COVID pandemic. Such funds shall be received under RSA198:20-b, appropriations for Unanticipated Funds.

The second public hearing will be to withdraw funds from the School District’s Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund.

The School Board Meeting will take place at the Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend.

The following notice is for the 5-4-21 School Board Meeting with Public Hearing on the Jacob Naar Memorial Scholarship Fund that needs to be placed on the Announcement Page as soon as possible:

LONDONDERRY SCHOOL DISTRICT
LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Londonderry School District will conduct a public hearing at their May 4, 2021 scheduled meeting to create the Jacob Naar Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The meeting will create the scholarship fund and establish the purpose of the fund.  In addition to creating the Scholarship Fund, the School Board will vote on the family’s request to withdraw funds for this school year.

The School Board meeting will take place at the Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm.  The public is invited to attend.

School Board Meeting April 20th Agenda

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

There will be a School Board Regular Meeting open to the public on Tuesday April 20th at 7 pm in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Click Here to View Agenda

School Board Meeting April 6th 2021 Agenda

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

There will be a School Board Regular Meeting open to the public on Tuesday April 6th at 7 pm in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

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From the Chair of the Londonderry School Board Regarding Federal COVID-19 Related Grants

The School Board would like to share the following information with all interested community members.  The Board encourages you to reach out any time if you have questions through our email address – schoolboard@londonderry.org

The District has been very fortunate to have received several different rounds of grant funding from the Federal Government to cover the unanticipated costs of operating our schools under the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Click here to view a summary of the grants that we have received, and the areas to which they have been allocated.

Last week, we learned that we will be receiving an additional $696,335 in funding for continued COVID-19 expenses as a result of the ESSER-2 grants. While we are still working out specific details regarding how these funds will be allocated, we do know that the funds will be targeted at the following areas:

  1. Extended day and extended school year academic skills development programs, which will allow students to remediate skills lost during the pandemic.
  2. HVAC system upgrades intended to increase our ability to recirculate fresh air in our school buildings.
  3. Refreshing PPE Supplies such as masks, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer for next school year.
  4. Increasing student technology to be able to extend the learning environment beyond the school day and building. While we hope not to have to enter a period of remote learning again, it is clear that students will need to be able to access their learning outside of school. We need to maintain the technological infrastructure to make this happen.

We have been fortunate to receive these funds, and will continue to maximize their use in maintaining a safe and effective learning environment. These funds will be available for our use through the 2022-2023 School Year. We do anticipate that there will be a third round of ESSER funds disbursed, though we are still awaiting details on that program.  The details of our federal grant programs will be reviewed in greater detail at our April 6 School Board meeting.