Bill Hughen

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Bill Hughen
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPlymouth State University
Master'sNotre Dame College
OtherUniversity of New Hampshire
ProfessionDistrict Director of Guidance
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Bill Hughen was a candidate for the Ward 6 seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee. He did not receive enough votes in the primary election on September 17 to continue on to the general election on November 5, 2013.


Bill Hughen resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and three children.[1] He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Plymouth State University before earning his M.Ed. in School Counseling from Notre Dame College and C.A.G.S. in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire.[2] He began his career as a school counselor in Manchester Central High School for eight years before becoming District Director of Guidance for Alvirne High School in 2001.[2] Hughen has served on Manchester's Districts in Need of Improvement Committee and currently serves on the district's Strategic Planning Committee.[1]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Incumbent Dan Bergeron and fellow challenger Robyn M. Dunphy defeated Bill Hughen for the Ward 6 seat in the primary election held on September 17, 2013.[3]


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


Hughen reported $250 in contributions and $585 in expenditures to the City of Manchester, which left his campaign $335 in debt.[4]


Bill Hughen did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Hughen stated that, "I look to bring my common-sense approach to the board, to improve communication, to continue to make the board financially responsible, and assist the new superintendent in transforming our district into one that everyone is proud of. ...The passion I have for education and the experience I have gathered over the years are key assets that make me a strong candidate for the school board."[1]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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."[7] 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.[7] 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."[6] In a campaign video for Manchester TV, Robyn M. Dunphy stated that, "From the recommendations of this report, we should create short, medium and long-term benchmarks for addressing these concerns."[1]

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.[8] 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."[8] 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.[8]

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.[9] In the 2011-2012 school year, Manchester School District was the largest school district in New Hampshire and served 14,680 students.[10]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

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.[12]

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