Documenting construction of Florence Rideout Elementary School in Wilton

WILTON – School District Moderator Walter Holland proposed documenting the upcoming demolition and reconstruction Florence Rideout Elementary School and changes to be made at Lyndeborough Central, making a video or a documentary of the process.

“The buildings will be changing,” he told the School Board on March 19. “We need to create a true history,” perhaps incorporating old pictures and memories of those who attended the schools.

The project is expected to take about 18 months, with students moving into the new school in fall 2015.

“We need to create something for the Historical Society,” Holland said and suggested it could perhaps be a senior project. “They might not like to do all the history, but make the video.”

He suggested several area photographers who might be interested.

Board member Alex LoVerme suggested saving some of the used bricks and selling them as memorials to be inscribed for a walkway or simply kept as a memento.

Member Jim Button said, “We will need a committee to see that this gets done, that it isn’t lost” along the way.

Other members agreed it was “a great idea.”

Holland also suggested “some kind of farewell party” for the last classes at Lyndeborough Central in spring 2015.

Members Joyce Fisk and Geoff Brock volunteered to work with Holland on the project, and also to with the Facilities Committee, which will work on the building project.

Holland was at the board meeting to swear in newly elected members of the board and Budget Committee.

In other business, the board re-elected Geoff Brock and Harry Dailey as chairman and vice-chairman.

A discussion was held with Guidance Director Amanda Kovaliv about offering in-house alternative programs, such as the New Hampshire State Diploma for seniors with personal problems, which prevent them from completing the regular high school program. Such students currently attend a program in Milford, which will end this year. It was noted that the Graduate Education Degree program has also been discontinued, giving such students fewer options.

Kovaliv said, “Maybe two or three students a year” would be affected and it is not offered as an option for graduation but as solution for particular problems.

The board agreed to the program and will receive regular reports.

It was noted that Jacqui Cottle, longtime special education case manager in Lyndeborough, plans to retire.