Portsmouth Schools to Start Late in 2013; Finance Director Resigns

Resignations and significant changes took place at Tuesday night's School Committee meeting.

Portsmouth schools will start late at least once a month starting in the fall for teacher development. 

The Portsmouth School Committee approved a plan Tuesday night . 

All Portsmouth schools will begin  one day per month during the 2012-2013 school year. The delays will result in a total reduction of 11.25 hours for the school year. 

The late starts will be held on the second Wednesdays of the month, September through May. The selected dates are Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8. 

The purpose of the late start is to provide teachers with professional development at that time. Students who would need to be brought to school at the regular time will be kept in "supervised study halls," according to the proposal. 

School officials submit resignations

The school committee also received two resignations from officials Tuesday night. 

Jeffrey Goss,  assistant principal, announced his resignation effective June 8, according to the meeting highlights. 

The committee also accepted the resignation of Mark Dunham, director of Finance and Administration, effective July 13. 

To read more from the school committee highlights, view the release here

John ("Anything But Sue") June 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Okey Dokey: McGee will surely shut me down NOW for sure.
Middle of the road June 28, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The amount of ignorance on this page is scary. First off, the teachers didn't make the decision for the late start. The administration did and asked for parent input. Those of you complaining as usual, probably hid behind your computer screens as usual and didn't actually give input. It is just like people who don't vote. If you don't have a voice, don't complain. Second, get your facts straight. The retirement age for a majority of teachers (unless you are the few lucky ones to be grandfathered in) is 65. Have fun with that by the way. You all complain that teachers get this and that, so good luck to your children with their 65 year old teachers that really should retire, but can't now due to state mandates. Now, all of you who think teaching is so easy, why not go into the profession?! If you love it so much, go for it! I guess it is kind of like some of our school committee members who complain, complain complain (with the exception of Mr. Croston who actually shows up to school events) yet have never stepped through the doors of the schools since they were elected. Portsmouth has some of the nicest kids and parents I have ever worked with.
Middle of the road June 28, 2012 at 03:57 AM
It is sad that a few bad apples on here who don't even have kids in the system nor take the time to have respect for other human beings. I love my job, and it is fun for me, because I love working with kids. I love the moment when you have worked with a student all year who has struggled, and you are able to celebrate a victory when the student learns to grasp a previously challenging piece. But some of you don't get that, because you don't understand why people teach or have enough respect to know how much we value our job and our students. All you see is a paycheck, and the fact that we have summers off. I am a Christian, and with my religion I was taught to love my enemies and bless those who curse me. I also believe in Karma. So I say blessings to you al
Middle of the road June 28, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Middle of the road June 28, 2012 at 04:01 AM
PS-Mr. Kelly, your facts are completely incorrect. Please, please please, educate yourself before posting again. The false propaganda you have spread on here would make Joseph Goebbels proud.


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