Elected school district officials now have a resource devoted entirely to educating and empowering them to assert their lawful authority and be responsive to their electorate.

The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire (SDGA NH) has been created to establish a forum for past and present school district elected officials and others with elected fiduciary responsibility over a school district budget. The aim is four-fold:

  • to educate elected school district officials as to their proper role and responsibilities
  • to promulgate best practices in good governance and prudent budgeting
  • to formulate model school district policies so elected officials will have an independent, alternative resource
  • to propose and monitor legislation that enhances local control in education and openness in administration

School Administrative Units were designed to be subject to the will of elected school district officials but too many have developed overweening power over the governance and finances of school districts. Policies and practices tend to consolidate power in the SAU office instead of empowering elected representatives of the people to direct the administration.

The long-term goal of SDGA is to restore local elected control in school districts, and push for some legislative changes to increase transparency and accountability for the ultimate benefit of our children’s education.

Our Standing Committee are:

  • Accountability: to assist currently elected officials when their boards or budget committees fail to adhere to RSAs or their own policies.
  • Budget and Finance: to educate elected school district officials in correct budget practices and preparation
  • Communication and Outreach: responsible for communication and technology choices within the SDGA as well as outgoing public relations strategies, materials and execution.
  • Curriculum and Assessment: to help current board members and the public understand issues with curriculum and assessment decisions.
  • Legislative Affairs: to monitor legislation relating to school district and SAU governance and budgets, and to propose and draft legislation to advance the objectives of SDGA.
  • Policy: to formulate model policies for adoption by school boards wishing to advance the values of transparency, accountability, local control and parental rights.

The Association meets on the first Saturday of every month in Concord. Voting membership is open to past or present elected officials with fiduciary responsibility over a school district’s budget. Non-voting membership is also available for those who share our mission.