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Arthur J. Beaudry

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Arthur J. Beaudry
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 9
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2001
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sNew Hampshire Community Technical College
Bachelor'sNortheastern University
ProfessionRetired firefighter
Office website
Arthur J. Beaudry is the Ward 9 member of the Manchester School District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2001. The seat was up for primary election on September 17. Beaudry won the general election on November 5, 2013 against challenger J. Gail Barry. Beaudry was also a 2012 independent candidate for District 18 of the New Hampshire State Senate.


Arthur Beaudry resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is the current Ward 9 member of the Board of School Committee, which he was first elected to on November 6, 2001.[1] Beaudry earned an Associate's degree from New Hampshire Community Technical College and a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Northeastern University.[2] Beaudry spent his career as a firefighter and is currently the president of the New Hampshire State Permanent Fire Fighters Retirement Association.[2]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Manchester School District, Ward 9 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArthur J. Beaudry Incumbent 60.3% 779
     Nonpartisan J. Gail Barry 31.9% 412
     Nonpartisan Blanks 7.4% 96
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0.3% 4
Total Votes 1,291
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013


Beaudry reported no contributions or expenditures to the City of Manchester.[3]


Arthur Beaudry did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


See also: New Hampshire State Senate elections, 2012

Beaudry ran in the 2012 election for New Hampshire State Senate District 18. Beaudry was defeated by Donna M. Soucy (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

New Hampshire State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Soucy 51.6% 12,139
     Republican J. Gail Barry 34.1% 8,024
     Independent Arthur J. Beaudry 14.3% 3,378
Total Votes 23,541


Manchester School District, Ward 9 General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArthur J. Beaudry Incumbent 100% 918
Total Votes 918
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013

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] 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]

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 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 of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[9]


Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[9]

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