SANDOWN – There’s a new time for the start of school at Sandown Central this year, and principal Douglas Rolph hopes it will help parents with children at both North and Central Schools. North School serves kindergarten through third grade; Central offers fourth and fifth grades. Central School is looking to get kids into the building by 8:20 a.m., with the start of the school day at 8:30 a.m. After 8:30 a.m., the kids will be considered late. The end of the day is 3 p.m.
Rolph explained that parents had notified him and principal JoAnn Georgian of North School about the difficulty of getting kids on time to both schools. Last year they both started at the same time but are located across town from each other. “It could be a real challenge for parents,” said Rolph. So they’re looking to make it a bit easier.
The instructional time remains the same. North School’s times will remain the same as last year, with kids arriving by 8:30 a.m., classes starting at 8:40 a.m. and school ending at 3:10 p.m. The time change is the major news for the start of school this year at Central, Rolph said.
Rolph is looking forward to a smooth start of the year. The teachers have already been busy preparing for the start, and although they are required to be in a couple days before the kids, they’re usually at school much earlier, preparing their classrooms and instructions.
Some security upgrades were made at the school over the summer, largely in the form of security cameras, with eight new ones in place. Rolph explained they are high tech and will keep better watch over the school. That was something identified last year as schools in the district reviewed their security measures and precautions.
A couple of new doors have also been installed, including a new fire door in one of the classrooms. Other than that there have been cosmetic upgrades, and the whole building has been cleaned and polished for the returning students.
The outside of the building is also getting some work done in the form of landscaping and better “curb appeal,” said Rolph. Together with a local Eagle Scout, the school is also looking to replace its marquee out front.
North has some new faces this year and some familiar faces taking on new roles. In preschool, former kindergarten teachers Kim Stewart and Elizabeth Leone will be taking over. Taking their spots in kindergarten will be Judy Tubbs and Lee Anne Miller.
Long term substitute Sherry Bollhorse is officially taking over a grade two classroom. And replacing longtime music teacher at both North and Central is Alison Yankowskas.
Central’s open house for new and returning students takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28, is the first day back for students at both schools.