School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

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

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Protecting Parents’ Rights in Schools

Our organization urges parents, grandparents and members of the public to attend school board meetings regularly to demand transparency in curricula, educational values, academic achievement and budgets.  Not all school boards seem to know that they have...

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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...

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Latest Events

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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Don’t Violate the Law: Learn the Open Meeting Laws

November 8, 2021, 7:30PM to 8:30 PM Right to Know NH President, David Saad, will return to give us a presentation about the laws around public meetings and non-public sessions. Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. [gravityform...

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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.