New Hampshire Department of Education

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New Hampshire Department of Education
Agency Profile
Superintendent:Virginia M. Barry
FY 2014 Budget:$1.42 billion[1]
The New Hampshire Department of Education oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in New Hampshire. The department managed 475 schools and 207,417 K-12 students during the 2010-11 school year.[2]



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See also
New Hampshire Commissioner of Education
List of school districts in New Hampshire
Public education in New Hampshire
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The mission statement of the New Hampshire Department of Education reads:[3]
To provide educational leadership and services which promote equal educational opportunities and quality practices and programs that enable New Hampshire residents to become fully productive members of society.[4]


The current Commissioner of Education is Virginia M. Barry. The following list details her cabinet officials:

  • Deputy Commissioner: Paul K. Leather
  • Mediation, Neutral Conferences and Hearings: Stephen Berwick
  • Legislation, Laws and Rules: Mary L. Mayo
  • Bureau of Credentialing: Judith D. Fillion

Departmental divisions

The Department of Education has four divisions managed by assistant superintendents listed below:[5]

  • Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning: Paul K. Leather
  • Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission: Richard A. Gustafson
  • Division of Instruction: Heather Gage
  • Division of Program Support: Judith D. Fillion

State Board of Education

The State Board of Education is composed of seven members. Five members are appointed from the five executive councilor districts and the remaining two members are appointed from the public at-large. All members are appointed by the governor and executive council. Members are appointed to serve five year terms and may only serve two consecutive terms.[6] The Board is responsible for reviewing all programs and activities of the Department of Education, advising the Commissioner of Education, hear appeals and issue decisions, and appoint members of the professional standards board and other advisory bodies as provided by law.[7]

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