Community Involvement Requested

The warrant article to study the feasibility of Rollinsford’s withdrawal from SAU56 passed, and the School Board is now in the process of forming a Planning Committee to do just that.

In accordance with RSA 194-C:2, the committee will be comprised of two School Board members, a member of the Budget Committee, four community members, and the superintendent. If the committee recommends withdrawal (or reorganization of the existing SAU), it will prepare a plan that complies with the requirements in section 8 of RSA 194-C:2.

With that in mind, we are now seeking four community members to participate in the committee!

If you are interested in joining the committee as a community member, please email eCavanaugh@sau56.org by April 10, 2019.

The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for May 2, 2019, time to be determined.

Thank you!

Rollinsford School Board

School Board/School District Openings

 The filing period for the following Rollinsford School District officers begins on January 23, 2019 and closes February 1 2019. Applications are available at the SAU 56 Office during regular business hours: 

SAU 56 Office Hours are: 

Monday- Friday 

8:00 AM- 4:00 PM 

School District Moderator- One Year 

School District Clerk- One Year 

School District Treasurer- One Year 

School Board Member- One (1) Three Year 

SB2 Information

 SB2 is Here.   Now What?

Budget Public Hearing, Deliberative Session and Voting

The Town of Rollinsford has voted to institute the Official Ballot Referenda, or “SB 2”.  This is a new form of town meeting, consisting of two sessions – the deliberative session and the vote.  Your attendance at all of the meetings is important.

But wait! Before we vote, this Saturday, January 12that 9:00am at the Grade School will be the Budget Committee’s public hearing on the Town and Water and Sewer District budgets. The Budget Committee will hear public comment then meet immediately following the public hearing to decide whether or not to modify the budget based on what they heard at the public hearing.

The first session of Town Meeting (yes, it is still called that, it’s just a different form now) is the deliberative session and is scheduled for 9:00 am on  Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Grade School.  This is the closest equivalent to the town meeting you are used to.  This will be the only time you can voice your opinion and offer amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles presented. Any warrant article language or dollar amount may be modified by the registered voters present.

At the second session (the vote), the polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for the ballot vote on the budget and warrant articles as amended at the first session.  This is a vote only – discussion and amendments cannot occur.  Should the proposed operating budget fail, and a special meeting is not called to reconsider this, a “default budget” is automatically adopted.  The “default budget” is the same as the prior year’s budget with certain adjustments per state statute. The law does not allow reconsideration of votes cast on warrant articles other than the operating budget.

Date correction (from initial publication in the newsletter mailed with tax bills):

 

Want to Know Where Your Tax Dollars Go?

To be informed, express your own opinions, find out what others think and help spend our tax money wisely, you will want to attend the deliberative sessions to review the proposed budget warrant articles for the town and the school. The town deliberative session will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019at 9:00 am and the school deliberative session will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 6 pm.  Both will be held at the Rollinsford Grade School (RGS). Public hearings on these budgets  are scheduled for Saturdays, January  5 & 12, 9 am RGS

 

School Board Notice: Important 2019 Dates

Please mark the following dates on your calendar in preparation for the upcoming vote in March 2019. Attending the deliberative session will ensure that your voice is heard during deliberations and that you will be informed for voting day.  

January 8: Submission deadline for petitioned warrant articles
January 23 – February 1: Filing period to run for school district officer positions
February 5: School Budget Deliberative Session. 6 PM at RGS. Please note that this is a Tuesday.
March 12: Voting day

Details on all upcoming dates:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – Deadline for Submitting Petitioned Warrant Articles

Petitioned warrant articles for the Rollinsford SB-2, 1st Session, should be submitted to the SAU 56 office: 51 West High Street, Somersworth, NH. For more information, call 603-692-4450.

January 23, 2018 – February 1, 2019: Filing Period for School District Officers

The following positions will be on the ballot:

School District Moderator- One Year  
School District Clerk- One Year      
School District Treasurer- One Year    
School Board Member- Three Year

If you wish to run for an open position, please pick up an application at the SAU 56 office (M-F 8:00-4:00): 51 West High Street, Somersworth, NH.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019Rollinsford School Budget Deliberative Session

6:00 PM in the RGS gym. Please note that this meeting is on a Tuesday evening. Child care will be provided.

During the deliberative session voters may offer comments and ask questions about the proposed budget and warrant articles for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as propose and vote on amendments.

Snow date: February 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Tuesday, March 12, 2019: VOTING DAY

See you at the polls!

Meet our new administrators! Visithttp://bit.ly/schoolboardfaq for profiles of our new school and district administrators. The School Board will also be preparing FAQs about the proposed school budget and warrant articles and will post them on the same web page. Stay tuned!

New Principal for Rollinsford Grade School

The Rollinsford School Board has selected Richard Hartford of Northwood, NH to become the new principal of Rollinsford Grade School.  Mr. Hartford will take over from Kate Lucas who is leaving after seven years to become the principal at Stratham Memorial School in Stratham, NH.

Mr. Hartford’s educational career spans nearly 25 years as a teacher and administrator.  He started his career as a physical education teacher and became an administrator in 2002, starting his career as an assistant principal.  He became the principal at Northwood Elementary School in 2009 where he worked for five years.  In 2016, Rich decided to return to his roots in the classroom and is currently working as the K-5 physical education teacher at Idlehurst Elementary School in Somersworth.

Judy Nelson, Rollinsford School Board chair states, “Rich was the top candidate presented to the Board for this position and we believe is a good match for Rollinsford Grade School.”  Lori Lane, Interim Superintendent of Schools for SAU 56 added, “Mr. Hartford will be taking over a school that is heavily invested in inquiry-based learning, a student-centered approach to learning.  He was the unanimous choice of the principal search committee which included staff, parents and school board members, to bring to the school board as their finalist.”

Mr. Hartford will start his tenure as the new principal of Rollinsford Grade School on July 1st.