School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

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2019-20 SDGA Seminar Series

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is SDGA?

The School District Governance Association of
New Hampshire (SDGA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help members of school boards and budget committees discover their powers so they can effectively assert their lawful authority and be responsible to their electorate.

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What does SDGA do?

SDGA Members are committed to:

  • Helping school board and budget committee members discover their legal roles and responsibilities
  • Publicizing and communicating best practices in governance and budgeting
  • Formulating model school district policies so boards will have an independent, alternative resource
  • Proposing and monitoring legislation that supports local control in education and openness in administration
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Who can join SDGA?

Anyone who supports our mission. The core of our membership includes past or present elected or appointed local officials who have or have had fiduciary responsibility for a New Hampshire school district budget. We also encourage parents, taxpayers and others to join.

To be accepted as a member, you must be sponsored by a current SDGA member, get a two-thirds majority vote of the SDGA Board, and pay dues.

Dues are $20 per year, non-prorated, payable January 1st. Lifetime memberships are $200.

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How can SDGA help you?

SDGA offers seminars on a range of topics related to governance: budgets, understanding of curricular and assessment issues, clarifying special education laws and so on.

We have begun to provide model policies that clarify school board and administrative roles.

Our members can offer their vast experience in many areas.

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How can YOU get involved?

  • Attend a seminar.
  • Come to a meeting. The SDGA Board meets on the first Saturday of the month in Concord. Meetings are open to members and interested parties: there are always lively discussions.
  • Join a committee or a project and help SDGA provide needed resources.
  • Invite a friend to join a committee or attend a seminar.
  • Donate time or money. SDGA runs on a
    shoestring and every little bit helps.