|Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 17, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Plymouth State University|
|Master's||Notre Dame College|
|Other||University of New Hampshire|
|Profession||District Director of Guidance|
Bill Hughen resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and three children. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Plymouth State University before earning his M.Ed. in School Counseling from Notre Dame College and C.A.G.S. in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He began his career as a school counselor in Manchester Central High School for eight years before becoming District Director of Guidance for Alvirne High School in 2001. Hughen has served on Manchester's Districts in Need of Improvement Committee and currently serves on the district's Strategic Planning Committee.
|Manchester School District, Ward 6 Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Dan Bergeron Incumbent||42.7%||308|
|Nonpartisan||Robyn M. Dunphy||35.9%||259|
|Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Unofficial contested Manchester primary results," September 17, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
As of September 18, Bill Hughen reported $250.00 in donations and $585.00 in expenditures to the Manchester City Clerk, which left his campaign $335.00 in debt.
Bill Hughen did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Hughen stated that, "I look to bring my common-sense approach to the board, to improve communication, to continue to make the board financially responsible, and assist the new superintendent in transforming our district into one that everyone is proud of. ...The passion I have for education and the experience I have gathered over the years are key assets that make me a strong candidate for the school board."
What was at stake?
At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards. Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.
On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district. The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district." The auditors acknowledge that, "...the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district. Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do." In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Robyn M. Dunphy stated that, "From the recommendations of this report, we should create short, medium and long-term benchmarks for addressing these concerns."
On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math. Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society." Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.
About the districtHillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.
Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Manchester TV, "Ward 6," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 LinkedIn, "Bill Hughen," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 22, 2013
- ↑ City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Report of Contributions and Expenditures for the City of Manchester," accessed September 18, 2013
- ↑ City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
- ↑ New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013