School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

Giving voters a voice by empowering elected school district officials to reclaim control over budgets and curriculum.

Events

Check our event calendar for upcoming webinars and seminars.

Subscribe

Don’t miss out on important news and events.

Join

Gain member-only access and help us accomplish our mission.

Donate

Support our mission to reclaim control over budgets and curriculum.

BLOG

News and Announcements

Testimony in Support of Budget Transparency

House Municipal and County Government Committee In favor of HB 243, HB 454, and HB 415 Dear Honorable Members: As President of the School District Governance Association of NH I am testifying in strong support for these three bills, all concerning transparency in...

SDGA Testimony in Support of HB348, Transparency of Union Contracts

Re:  HB 348Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Municipal and County Government Committee members,I am unable to testify on Zoom today but I wish to submit testimony to the entire committee and have this entered into the record of the proceedings.HB348 arose from a need those...

Why We Need Union Negotiations in Public

Dear Mr. Chairman and House Judiciary Committee Members: I am President of the School District Governance Association of NH.  We are a private organization whose mission is to give voters a voice by empowering elected school district officials to reclaim control over...

Latest Events

Virtual Happy Hour!

Please join SDGA members for an informal virtual happy hour.  This is a great chance to get to know one another and discuss issues on your mind.   (BYOB 😉 All members will be sent a Zoom invitation on Thursday, March 25th.  If you need another invitation, email me...

Virtual Happy Hour!

Looking to finish off President's Day with a fun event?  Please join SDGA members for an informal virtual happy hour. MONDAY NIGHT 8 pm to 9:30 pm  (BYOB 😉 All members were sent a Zoom invitation on Friday, Feb. 12.  If you need another invitation, email me at...

Annual General Mtg

Calling all members!  Once a year membership is invited to shape the direction of the SDGA for the next year. It is also a great time to meet your fellow warriors in the trenches.  This year we are holding the meeting in person and also over Zoom. (Please indicate how...

Discover Your Power

Frequently Asked Questions

t

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.

t

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
t

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.

t

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.

t

How can YOU get involved?

  • Attend a seminar.
  • Come to a meeting. The SDGA Board meets on the first Saturday of the month. 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.