Yesterday, Colby Sawyer’s President Susan Stuebne announced that 48 positions at the facility will be affected due to restructuring. Seven faculty and 11 staff positions are being eliminated in addition to five faculty and 14 staff members leaving that will not be replaced due to attrition. Modifications in hours, days, or months worked will also affect another 11 staff members.
The restructuring comes after the college hired a consultant firm to help the institution better manage resources and operate at optimal size. In past years, the college’s enrollment has fluctuated between 1,500 and 1,100 and operating at a loss of more than $2 million with the current year’s projections showed another loss of $2.6 million. The extensive analyses suggested the college’s optimal size will be closer to this year’s enrollment of 1,100 students.
The college is also looking at residency requirements along with pricing strategies that optimizes the student experience while also attending to institutional revenue needs.
Some Colby Sawyer College Students were evacuated on Monday night after reporting respiratory problems. New London Fire Department responded to the Best Dorm at Colby Sawyer College shortly before 9:30 pm Tuesday, for report of an unknown gas. Fire Chief Jay Lyons said the students reported having respiratory problems and fire fighters evacuated the building. After using meters and finding no gases present the fire fighters aired out the building. Students returned to the dorm and firefighters were back at the station by 11:00 pm.
The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission is looking at the feasibility of commuter bus service along Interstate 89 in NH. To aid in this research they ask that residents of this area take the online survey at Survey Monkey. Drop-in sessions will also be held in New London this Friday,
At 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at New London Hospital also at the Tracy Memorial Library from 10 to 11:30 AM.
Construction of Colby-Sawyer’s long-planned arts building is underway and moving towards its opening in the fall of 2017. The project began in June with the dismantling of Colby Farm. Last week the foundation footers were poured and in December, the steel frame, sheathing and insulation, trusses and roof will be in place. Interior work will continue in the enclosed building over the winter.
The 15,000 square foot building will offer studios, a state-of-the-art black box theater and a fine art gallery with views of Mt. Kearsarge. In addition, the facility will have offices for faculty and outdoor art areas. Sustained fundraising efforts will enable the college to complete the project without incurring new debt.
The New London Police Department has received three grants. Police Chief Ed Andersen said he won grants for DWI patrols, a STEP grant to enforce unregistered cars and speeding and the third grant was to stop distracted driving. Chief Andersen said the funds from the grants allows the department to pay officers overtime above and beyond being on patrol. It also adds hours for weekend patrols. Plans are in the works for officers to talk with Colby Sawyer college students about texting and distracted driving.
Colby-Sawyer College will expand its nursing education options this fall by offering its first Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.). The 37-credit program was developed with Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H), the college’s longtime partner in the health professions, Program graduates will be eligible to sit for their Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam. CNLs are highly skilled clinicians who focus on outcomes-based practice and quality improvement. CNLs oversee the care coordination over a group of patients using evidence-based practice and provide care to patients in complex situations.
Colby-Sawyer’s M.S.N. program, co-designed by nursing leaders from Colby-Sawyer and D-H, will initially enroll a cohort of 12 part-time students from a segment of DHMC employees to fill the demand for the new role of Clinical Nurse Leader. Applications from the D-H system and other health care organizations are now being accepted for the fall semester.
New London is taking an appeal to the NH Supreme Court. The New London select board voted unanimously to appeal a Superior Court ruling to the NH Supreme Court. The action stems from a case where, summer resident Robert Carr and others had appealed to Superior Court after the town refused property tax abatement after their home burned. NH law sets a time limit for requesting relief, and the plaintiffs were sent letters and e-mails alerting them to the deadline, but Carr failed to file timely.
The judge said the plaintiffs were entitled to relief for $8,300. New London’s Town counsel feels there is a good chance of prevailing on appeal. The board voted after weighing the possibility of saving the $8,300 against the $7,500 cost of the appeal.
The fate of New London’s 1941 Building is still in limbo after a failed 4-4 vote to demolish it. The Kearsarge School District’s, 1941 Building Ad Hoc Committee recommended demolition in a report presented at the school board meeting last night.
One of the issues with selling the building outright to the town is having a non-school entity on campus. Superintendent Winfried Feneberg read the explanation.
However if the town were to lease the 1941 Building, the school district would retain control over the building that is attached to the current SAU offices and middle school.
The Town would like to keep the historic building and use it for a Wellness Center. New London Select Board Chair Bill Helm said the board hopes to work something out with the school district.
The Selectboard will not be on the agenda for the next school board meeting on Aug 4.
New London, NH – New London Hospital Trustees have voted unanimously to begin the process of closing the William P. Clough Extended Care Center. This decision has come after a lengthy review over nearly two years of both current operations and a variety of alternative future operating scenarios, including potential partnerships with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and other entities. Dartmouth-Hitchcock leadership has been kept apprised throughout New London Hospital’s process of deliberating the future of the Clough Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (the Hospital’s parent company) has approved the New London Hospital Board’s decision. Continue reading
The Flying Goose Pub in New London is opened for business, after a fire that started just before 2:30 am. New London Fire Chief Jay Lyons says the blaze was started from improper disposal of cigarettes.
All damage from the fire was confined to the outside.
Lyons said they had the fire knocked down and under control after 20 minutes but the crews were on scene for about an hour.
The Chief praised the mutual aid he received from Sutton, Wilmot, Sunapee, and Springfield.
Only one call was received from a passerby about the fire and Lyons reminds the public to call if they see something.
Lyons reminds the public not to discard smoking materials in or near bark mulch.