Kathy Staub

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Kathy Staub
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCentral High
ProfessionEducation activist
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Kathy Staub is an at-large member of the Manchester School District. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011. She ran for re-election in a primary election on September 17 and won the seat in a general election on November 5, 2013 in an unopposed race.


Kathy Staub resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is a current at-large member of the Board of School Committee, which she was first elected to in 2011. Staub graduated from Central High School in 1975, which is part of Manchester School District.[1] She has helped to found the Manchester Coalition for Quality Education and the Manchester Foundation for Education.[1]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Manchester School District, At-Large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Staub Incumbent 50% 1,323
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Wihby Incumbent 49.5% 1,310
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 14
Total Votes 2,647
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013


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


Kathy Staub has not received any official endorsements for her campaign.


Manchester School District, At-Large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Staub 34.1% 7,108
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Wihby 31.9% 6,648
     Nonpartisan Joshua A. Harwood 17.6% 3,673
     Nonpartisan Ross W. Terrio 16.5% 3,432
Total Votes 20,861
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013


Manchester School District, At-Large General Election, 2-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen M. Kelley Incumbent 37.6% 9,653
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebra G. Langton Incumbent 33.6% 8,621
     Nonpartisan Kathy Staub 28.8% 7,374
Total Votes 25,648
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "November 3, 2009 Municipal General Election," accessed August 22, 2013

Campaign themes

Staub's campaign website does not provide campaign themes for 2013, but does state that she ran in 2011 due to her "sense of civic duty," experience, concern over a perceived decline in the quality of Manchester School District and her belief in the "potential" of the district.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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."[6] 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.[6] 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."[5]

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

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.[8] In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.[9]


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.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
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[10]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[11][12]

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