Lisa A. Witte
|Lisa A. Witte|
|Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Mt. Ararat High School|
|Bachelor's||The Pennsylvania State University|
|Other||New England College|
Lisa Witte resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. She graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in Maine before receiving her B.A. degree in Art from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.Ed. degree from Temple University. She began her career as a teacher in Philadelphia before moving back to New England to continue teaching and to study educational administration at the University of Southern Maine. She moved to Manchester in 2005 and took a position working in the school district administration, and she is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She is also currently studying for her C.A.G.S. certification at New England College.
|Manchester School District, Ward 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa A. Witte||39.6%||455|
|Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013|
As of August 27, 2013, no campaign donations or expenditures for Lisa Witte have been reported to the Manchester City Clerk.
Lisa Witte did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Witte's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
"My desire to serve the city and students of Manchester on the Board of School Committee stems from both my experiences as an educator and my perspectives as a parent of a child in the Manchester School District. I believe that every child learns, every day. It is the role of all stakeholders in the school system and community to ensure that we are providing a safe environment where that learning can take place, be encouraged, fostered, and developed; where the barriers to that learning can be recognized, reduced or removed; and where the successes of that learning are recognized and celebrated."
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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." Board member Christopher Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."
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 1.4 1.5 Facebook, "Lisa Witte for Board of School Committee - Ward 7," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed August 27, 2013
- ↑ City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
- ↑ Ted Siefer, "Manchester school audit points finger at school committee itself," June 26, 2013
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 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