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Robyn M. Dunphy

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Robyn M. Dunphy
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 6
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionRetired educator
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Campaign website
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Robyn M. Dunphy is the Ward 6 member of the Manchester Board of School Committee. She received enough votes in the primary election on September 17 to proceed and went on to win the general election on November 5, 2013.

She was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 18 of the New Hampshire State Senate.

Biography

Robyn Dunphy resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. In her career, she served as a teacher and as a para-professional in the Manchester School District.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2014

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.[2] Incumbent Soucy defeated Lambert in the general election, and was re-elected for another term.[3]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 18 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Soucy Incumbent 53.2% 8,266
     Republican George Lambert 46.8% 7,268
Total Votes 15,534
New Hampshire State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Lambert 56.2% 1,780
Robyn Dunphy 43.8% 1,386
Total Votes 3,166

2013

See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)

Results

General election
Manchester School District, Ward 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobyn M. Dunphy 51.4% 810
     Nonpartisan Dan Bergeron Incumbent 48.3% 760
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 5
Total Votes 1,575
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013
Primary election
Manchester School District, Ward 6 Primary Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Bergeron Incumbent 42.7% 308
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobyn M. Dunphy 35.9% 259
     Nonpartisan Bill Hughen 21.4% 154
Total Votes 721
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

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.[4]

Endorsements

Robyn Dunphy received an endorsement for her campaign from the New Hampshire Union Leader.[5]

Campaign themes

Dunphy's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[6]

Role of the School Board
School board micromanagement does not allow our teachers and school officials to provide our students the best education possible. The Manchester School Board should focus on long-term planning and work with schools to provide them the tools and vision to succeed.

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.

Long-Term Vision
A successful school board plans for 10 years down the road. This is because we cannot just be thinking about the schools now. We need to consider how our decisions today affect our students, our tax rate, and our employees of tomorrow.

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.

Financial Responsibility
A good school board member fights to bring money to the schools. A great one also protects us from unnecessary spending. My background in finance and accounting will help make changes efficiently and to the benefit of our students.

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.[7] 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.[8] 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."[9] 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.[9] 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."[8] 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."[10]

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.[11] 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."[11] 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.[11]

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.[12] In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.[13]

Demographics

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.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2012[12]
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[14]
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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[15] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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References

  1. Facebook, "Robyn Dunphy for School Board - About," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed August 6, 2014
  3. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 3, 2014
  4. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed December 27, 2013
  5. New Hampshire Union Leader, "For School Board: Our Manchester endorsements," October 31, 2013
  6. Robyn Dunphy - Manchester School Board - Ward 6, "Our shared priorities," accessed August 27, 2013
  7. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
  10. Manchester TV, "Ward 6," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
  13. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  14. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013
  15. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014