Manchester School District, New Hampshire
|Manchester School District|
|Number of schools:||23|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ted Gatsas|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Manchester
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
The current Superintendent of Manchester School District is Dr. Debra Livingston, who was appointed by the board on June 8, 2013 through a unanimous vote. Livingston began her career as an educator at the Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, Texas. At Socorro, she served as a teacher, principal, director of secondary education, and executive director of curriculum and instruction. Before joining Manchester School District, Livingston served as superintendent for the Fall Mountain Regional School District.
Manchester School District is overseen by a 15-member board, fourteen of whom are elected to two-year terms. Manchester's mayor formally serves as the fifteenth member and Chairman of the board. Twelve members are elected by geographic wards in the district, while two members and the mayor are elected at-large by the district as a whole.
|Manchester Board of School Committee|
|David M. Wihby||At-large||2015|
|Sarah S. Ambrogi||Ward 1||2015|
|Debra G. Langton||Ward 2||2015|
|Chris Stewart||Ward 3||2015|
|Amy L. Bradley||Ward 4||2015|
|Ted Rokas||Ward 5||2015|
|Robyn M. Dunphy||Ward 6||2015|
|Ross Terrio||Ward 7||2015|
|Erika Connors||Ward 8||2015|
|Arthur J. Beaudry||Ward 9||2015|
|John B. Avard||Ward 10||2015|
|Katie Desrochers||Ward 11||2015|
|Constance VanHouten||Ward 12||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Manchester Board of School Committee are elected to two-year terms. The primary election was held on September 17, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Fourteen seats were up for election in 2013 and fourteen seats will be up for election in 2015.
Manchester School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
The current contract between the Manchester Board of School Committee and the Manchester Education Association runs 2009-2013.
|Year||Lowest Base Salary ($)||Highest Potential Salary ($)|
Educators of Manchester School District are represented by the Manchester Education Association, which is part of the National Education Association.
Schools in Manchester
Manchester School District serves 15,536 students in 23 schools. The district has experienced a decrease in enrollment in recent years.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year Change (%)|
New Bedford Public Schools operates 23 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|New Bedford Public Schools|
|Gossler Park School|
|Green Acres School|
|Highland-Goffe's Falls School|
|Selma Deitch Early Learning School|
Manchester School District tested at a level below the state averages for 2010-2011. More than half of Manchester students tested below "Proficient" in mathematics, writing, and science.
|Substantially Below Proficient (%)||15||7||29||15||12||6||34||19|
|Partially Proficient (%)||25||17||22||18||42||37||44||45|
|Proficient with Distinction (%)||12||21||12||22||4||9||1||1|
|Testing Participation (%)||99||99||99||99||98||99||98||99|
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."
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.
In 2012, former Superintendent Dr. Thomas J. Brennan, Jr. advocated expanded use of online course offerings as a means to increase technology literacy and to alleviate overcrowding, which was caused by recent budget cuts in the district. Citizens for Manchester Schools advocacy group President Jim O’Connell criticized the proposal and claimed that it was "a postage stamp, a fig leaf, to cover the fact that politicians in our city will not increase taxes to fund our schools." Dr. Brennan defended the proposal and argued, "It deals with the reality of budgets and the limited resources we have, and the need for students and school districts to catch up with technology."
Last rated on November 19, 2012.
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- Contact information for elected officials is posted, but number of terms is not posted.
- Tax sources are specified in budget documents.
- Budgets and audits are posted.
- Bids are posted, but rules governing contracts are not.
- Meeting minutes, agendas, and notices are posted.
- Rules governing contacts are not available.
- Number of terms for elected officials is not posted.
- Public records are not posted.
- Academic performance data and background checks are not available.
- School board elections portal
- Manchester School District elections (2013)
- New Hampshire school districts
- List of school districts in New Hampshire
- Hillsborough County, New Hampshire ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, New Hampshire
- New Hampshire
- Manchester School District
- Manchester Education Association
- Manchester, New Hampshire
- Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
- New Hampshire Department of Education
- New Hampshire School Boards Association
- Manchester School District, "Accountability - Enrollment," accessed August 20, 2013
- Manchester School District, "Schools," accessed August 20, 2013
- 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
- WMUR 9 New Hampshire, "Manchester school board selects new superintendent," June 8, 2013
- Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Meet Manchester's 3 school superintendent finalists," June 6, 2013
- Manchester School District, "Board of School Committee," accessed August 20, 2013
- Manchester School District, "Finance and Payroll," accessed November 25, 2013
- Manchester School District, "Human Resources - Collective Bargaining Agreements," accessed August 20, 2013
- Manchester Education Association, "Home," August 20, 2013
- New Hampshire Department of Education, "District: Manchester - Test Results," accessed August 20, 2013
- Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
- Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
- Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
- Jess Bidgood, The New York Times, "Strapped District Plans to Add Online Classes," December 7, 2012
- Manchester School District, "Bids," accessed August 20, 2013