J. Gail Barry

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J. Gail Barry
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 9
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 16
1989-1990, 1995-1996, 2002-2012
OtherMount Saint Mary's College, Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing
Date of birthDecember 29, 1938
ProfessionRetired Registered Nurse
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J. Gail Barry was a candidate for the Ward 9 seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee up for primary election on September 17 and general election on November 5, 2013. She lost election of the seat to incumbent Arthur J. Beaudry. Barry was also a 2012 Republican candidate for District 18 of the New Hampshire State Senate.


J. Gail Barry resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. She earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1959 from the Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary's College.[1] She worked as a nurse for Boston City Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital Pediatrics, and the Manchester Pediatric Association during her career.[1] She also spent time as a co-owner of an automotive repair shop, as a bureaucrat in the New Hampshire Department of Justice, and as Treasurer and Vice President of InterPak Incorporated before retirement.[1] She first won a seat in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives in 1989, and she served there from 1989 to 1990, 1995 to 1996, and 2002 to 2012.[1]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Manchester School District, Ward 9 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArthur J. Beaudry Incumbent 65.2% 779
     Nonpartisan J. Gail Barry 34.5% 412
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 4
Total Votes 1,195
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013


Barry reported no contributions or expenditures to the City of Manchester.[2]


J. Gail Barry received an endorsement for her campaign from the New Hampshire Union Leader.[3]


See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

Barry ran in the 2012 election for New Hampshire State Senate, District 18.[4] Barry ran unopposed in the September 11th Republican primary election and was defeated by Donna Soucy (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Soucy 51.6% 12,139
     Republican J. Gail Barry 34.1% 8,024
     Independent Arthur J. Beaudry 14.3% 3,378
Total Votes 23,541

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.[6] 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.

District audit

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.[7] 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."[8] 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.[8] 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."[7]

Common Core

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.[9] 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."[9] 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.[9]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats are Manchester and Nashua. Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[10] In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.[11]


Hillsborough County overperformed compared to the rest of New Hampshire in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.6 percent of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 33.1 percent for New Hampshire as a whole. The median household income for Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The percentage of people below poverty level for Hillsborough County was 7.5 percent while it was 8.0 percent for the state of New Hampshire.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Hillsborough County Party Affiliation, 2013[12]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[13]

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