School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

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Open and transparent government meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Right to Know NH (RTKNH) sponsored an online meeting titled Open and transparent government meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic on Wednesday, December 16. The one-hour Zoom meeting included an overview of online meeting requirements which meet the requirements...

Important Legislative Initiatives by SDGA

Making Collective Bargaining Public The SDGA board has agreed to submit draft legislation that would require public entities to negotiate collective agreements in public, and to require draft collective agreement contracts to be public once presented to both parties. ...

November 10 Webinar: Data Mining on the DOE Website

Would You Like to Know How Your School District Compares to Others? Board decisions are frequently made in an information vacuum. When your superintendent wants to hire new staff, do you know how your current staff to student ratio compares to others? Do you know how...

Latest Events

SDGA Virtual Happy Hour

SDGA Virtual Happy Hour Anyone for Happy Hour? We're trying something different! Once a month we are going to host a virtual happy hour where members can chat and visit in a non-structured way. Our first event, on Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm, was a lot of fun. If you find...

Webinar: How to write a Right to Know request

The President of Right to Know NH, David Saad, will conduct a webinar for the SDGA on how to make an effective Right to Know request. The law is straightforward but the inexperienced can stumble over pitfalls. Did you know, for instance, that the law does not require...

Webinar: The Relationship Between Money and Results in Education

The relationship between money and results in education. It isn't what you think. Conducted by Ian Underwood. May 14, 7:00-8:30pm. Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. [gravityform id="7" field_values="webinar=Money versus Results...

Discover Your Power

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.