Lisa A. Witte

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Lisa A. Witte
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 7
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMt. Ararat High School
Bachelor'sThe Pennsylvania State University
Master'sTemple University
OtherNew England College
ProfessionEducation administrator
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Lisa A. Witte was a candidate for the vacant Ward 7 seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee. The seat was up for primary election on September 17. Witte lost in the general election on November 5, 2013 to challenger Ross Terrio.


Lisa Witte resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with her husband and daughter.[1] She graduated from Mt. Ararat High School in Maine before receiving her B.A. degree in Art from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.Ed. degree from Temple University.[1] She began her career as a teacher in Philadelphia before moving back to New England to continue teaching and to study educational administration at the University of Southern Maine.[1] She moved to Manchester in 2005 and took a position working in the school district administration, and she is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.[1] She is also currently studying for her C.A.G.S. certification at New England College.[1]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Manchester School District, Ward 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Terrio 55.9% 577
     Nonpartisan Lisa A. Witte 44.1% 455
Total Votes 1,032
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013


Witte reported $860 in contributions and $1,183.52 in expenditures to the City of Manchester, which left her campaign $323.52 in debt.[2]


Lisa Witte did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Witte's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

"My desire to serve the city and students of Manchester on the Board of School Committee stems from both my experiences as an educator and my perspectives as a parent of a child in the Manchester School District. I believe that every child learns, every day. It is the role of all stakeholders in the school system and community to ensure that we are providing a safe environment where that learning can take place, be encouraged, fostered, and developed; where the barriers to that learning can be recognized, reduced or removed; and where the successes of that learning are recognized and celebrated."

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.[3] 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.[4] 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."[5] 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.[5] 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."[4] Board member Christopher Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[6]

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.[7] 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."[7] 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.[7]

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


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.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
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[10]
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.[11]

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