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TOWNSEND — Principal Christine Battye, Superintendent Maureen Marshall and other administrators have been discussing changes at the school to better comply with new issues in education.

Battye presented findings thus far to the School Committee Monday night. Possible scheduling changes come as a result of aligning to the common core, new testing and available data after six years of the school’s current scheduling system.

Currently, the school uses a block schedule of four, 87-minute classes per day over two semesters of six months. Elective classes run in quarters. Battye said it allows students to achieve high, but not grow well.

Along with the common core, new Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing requires four tests during the school year that, according to Battye, should show improvement.

“A schedule which carries classes throughout the entire year would suit that type of assessment better,” she said.

School Committee Member Anne Buchholtz said the block scheduling allowed for better Advanced Placement testing results.

“We are looking to hold onto the great things from our current model and integrate new ideas,” NMRHS Headmaster Christopher Chew said. “All models the administration has explored utilize the extended class time of between 70 and 87 minutes.”

Superintendent Marshall updated the board on the possible NEASC probation situation.

“All things in relation to curriculum, instruction and assessment will pass inspection,” she said. “But we are looking at a multimillion dollar project at the high school.”

Marshall, who is retiring next year, said she has again filed for grants with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to fund such projects.

An informational MSBA and NEASC parents night will be held on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. in the NMRHS auditorium to answer questions.

Presentations from three firms that will assist in the search for a new superintended will be held on Monday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m.

The committee also heard from Wakefield-based Powers & Sullivan, an accounting firm that completed an audit for fiscal 2011. From a financial standpoint, said Sullivan, the school broke even and did not need to use excess and deficiency funding.

In a management letter, CPA Richard Sullivan outlined four comments from the previous year, all of which the firm found to be resolved, and five new comments. Powers & Sullivan recommended the creation of a fraud-risk assessment program to analyze and manage asset misappropriation, an audit of student-activity records and a information-technology-disaster-recovery plan.

Sullivan said the recommended disaster plan would establish a plan to ensure data processing in the event of an emergency. If proper IT employees are not on hand, the plan would give directions to deal with internal-control matters, according to Sullivan.

The other recommendations were adjustments and revisions to the approval process of purchase orders and transaction journal entries, both of which Sullivan said were already implemented.

During the time Powers & Sullivan was at the facility, he said, there was a sense of urgency and ownership that the firm approved of.

“There are things that aren’t on the checklist that we measure, and we saw due diligence in all the requests we made,” he said.

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