Theodoros Rokas

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Theodoros Rokas
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 5
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First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire
ProfessionPublic servant
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Theodoros Rokas is the Ward 5 member of the Manchester School District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011 and is running for re-election in a primary election on September 17 and a general election on November 5, 2013. Rokas is also a Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 12. He was first elected to that chamber in 2008.


Theodoros Rokas resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2013.[1] Rokas serves as both a State Representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as the Ward 5 member of the Manchester Board of School Committee.[1]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Theodoros Rokas is running against challenger Lisa M. Freeman to keep his Ward 5 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]


As of August 23, no 2013 campaign donations or expenditures for Theodoros Rokas have been reported to the Manchester City Clerk.[3]


Theodoros Rokas has not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of yet.


Manchester School District, Ward 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTed Rokas 67.6% 465
     Nonpartisan Tara Powell 32.4% 223
Total Votes 688
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013

What's at stake?

Incumbents Kathy Staub, David Wihby, Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Theodoros Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard have filed for re-election.[2] Fellow incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively.

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.[5] 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."[6] 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.[6] 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."[5] Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[7]

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 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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New Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough 12
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