School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

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SDGA Advocating for Local Empowerment

The SDGA is supporting a number of education bills this year, all of which enhance the public's information about the workings of their school districts. We have submitted testimony and in some cases suggested some amendments for consideration by the NH House...

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SDGA Advocates to Retain Meetings at a Public Location

This testimony was send to the NH House HB108 Study Committee on October 4, 2021 Dear Chairman Wuelper: I am writing to your committee with a sense of urgency and concern.  On Sept. 29, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden asking him...

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Latest Events

Webinar:  Policy – the Secret Battleground

June 1, 2022, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Control of school district policy is the primary means for an elected body to shape and direct service delivery by the superintendent and staff.  Yet elected officials are routinely thwarted in trying to shape school services as desired...

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Webinar:  Toolkit for Newly Elected School Board Members

March 26, 2022, 9:00-11:00am. SDGA President, Donna Green, will give an in depth overview of what new school board members need to know to be effective immediately. Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. [gravityform id="7"...

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Webinar:  Team Building for School District Accountability

January 10, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm. SDGA member Annie Collyer will tell the inspiring true story of how she organized a grassroots town taxpayers group to take control of the school district budget and ended up getting control of the school board as well. Registration is...

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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. 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.