School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

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SDGA Announces First Annual School District Champion Award

At our 2022 Annual General Meeting on June 18, the SDGA recognized Dan Richards with the first annual School District Champion Award. Donna Green made these remarks in Dan's honor: DAN RICHARDS: a source of great inspiration. Dan characterizes his effort as “trying to...

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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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Latest Events

Webinar:  Data Mining the DOE Web Site 2023

October 18, 2023, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Board decisions are frequently made in an information vacuum. Do you know where to find critical data points such as achievement results, student teacher ratios, and state adequacy aid for your own and other...

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Webinar:  ABCs of School Boards 2024

January 10, 2024, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Jody Underwood, Ph.D., long-serving member of the Croydon School Board, will explain the structure of school districts and the basic responsibilities of school board members. This introduction is intended for...

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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.