Robyn M. Dunphy
|Robyn M. Dunphy|
|Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Elections for the office of New Hampshire State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Incumbent Donna Soucy was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while George Lambert defeated Robyn M. Dunphy in the Republican primary. Soucy and Lambert faced off in the general election. Incumbent Soucy defeated Lambert in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.
|New Hampshire State Senate, District 18 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Donna Soucy Incumbent||53.2%||8,266|
|New Hampshire State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Manchester School District, Ward 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Robyn M. Dunphy||51.4%||810|
|Nonpartisan||Dan Bergeron Incumbent||48.3%||760|
|Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013|
|Manchester School District, Ward 6 Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Dan Bergeron Incumbent||42.7%||308|
|Nonpartisan||Robyn M. Dunphy||35.9%||259|
|Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed December 18, 2013|
Dunphy reported $3,606.91 in contributions and $4,257.05 in expenditures to the City of Manchester, which left her campaign $650.14 in debt.
Robyn Dunphy received an endorsement for her campaign from the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Dunphy's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Role of the School Board
We do this by looking at all the aspects of the school district; we speak with all the stakeholders (including parents, students, and community leaders); and do a ton of listening. From this, we set benchmarks for our school administrators and personnel to meet; and instead of looking over their shoulder, playing backseat quarterback; we work as partners with them.
Success comes through collaboration, not finger-pointing.
Unfortunately, the school board and this administration must do a better job of this. We continue to have issues with redistricting, student population estimates, and how we interact with tuition towns.
Working together, the district, along with the school's stakeholders, can create plans for the short-, medium-, and long-term for our district. Then we must make sure, in plain English, to communicate this to Manchester citizens.
Long-term planning today means educational success tomorrow.
An audit commissioned by the District suggests ways we can improve the classroom experience with little or no cost to taxpayers. We know that resources are limited, but we now have a path to better direct and invest these dollars.
We earn the trust of taxpayers by spending wisely; which leads to the conversations we need to assure proper funding of the school district.
An efficient district is a victory for students and taxpayers.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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." In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Dunphy stated that, "From the recommendations of this report, we should create short, medium and long-term benchmarks for addressing these concerns."
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 district
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. In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.
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.
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.
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- Manchester School District, New Hampshire
- Manchester School District Elections (2013)
- New Hampshire State Senate
- New Hampshire State Senate District 18
- New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014
- New Hampshire General Court
- Robyn Dunphy for State Senate
- New Hampshire General Court
- Primary candidate list for 2014
- District page
- Campaign website
- Robyn Dunphy for School Board
- Facebook, "Robyn Dunphy for School Board - About," accessed August 27, 2013
- New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed August 6, 2014
- New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 3, 2014
- City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed December 27, 2013
- New Hampshire Union Leader, "For School Board: Our Manchester endorsements," October 31, 2013
- Robyn Dunphy - Manchester School Board - Ward 6, "Our shared priorities," accessed August 27, 2013
- City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 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
- Manchester TV, "Ward 6," accessed August 27, 2013
- Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014