Bow plans to transition Dunbarton students
In September, about 90 Dunbarton students will begin their education in Bow middle and high schools. The exact number of Dunbarton students will not be finalized until late January after parents of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders file their intent with Bow by Jan. 10, said Bow Superintendent Dean Cascadden. So far, those "rising students" include 38 sixth-graders entering grade 7, 24 seventh-graders entering grade 8, and 27 eighth-graders transitioning into high school. Dunbarton voted in March to end its 40-year AREA — Authorized Regional Enrollment Area — agreement with Goffstown and join the Bow School District.
"Budgeting for students are done in both the Bow and Dunbarton school districts. Dunbarton will be working on their budget through January, and that's the budget numbers Dunbarton will be working with. Bow will be dealing with the capacity and what we have to do for budgeting for teachers," said Cascadden.
"It's been very interesting for me because I've always done Bow budgets and now it's different because I have three entities to prepare for," said Cascadden. "It's been an interesting process, but it's been good. In any big process it takes a lot of work and if we missed anything we'll be able to work through it. Now, it's about getting the information out to parents."
Several meetings with parents and opportunities for students to learn more about their new schools, teachers and classmates have been scheduled from January through the fall.
For more information on events, the AREA agreement and the transition, visit www.bownet.org.
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