The Superintendent of Schools was notified by the Manchester Police Department that the individual identified in the safety alert yesterday has been apprehended.
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Contact: Karen G. Burkush, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Contact: Lt. Maureen Tessier, Manchester Police Department – (603) 668-8711
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Contact: Thomas J. Brennan, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Contact: Lt. Maureen Tessier, Manchester Police Department – (603) 668-8711
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The Manchester School District has been alerted to a potential safety concern in our community. The Manchester Police Department has shared information with the school district about an individual wanted for crimes in Florida and possibly en route to the southern New Hampshire area.
The subject, identified as Craig Shertzer, 44, is reportedly operating a silver Toyota Tundra pickup bearing NH license plate YSTRYR and towing a trailer bearing NH utility plate YSTYR. He is wanted by Florida authorities for Aggravated Assault and Grand Theft, and is considered armed and dangerous.
Shertzer is a former Nashua resident and may have connections to other southern New Hampshire communities. In an effort to remain vigilant and keep our school community informed, the Manchester School District is providing you with this notification. We continue to share information with the Manchester Police Department, which will provide any necessary patrols to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
Anyone that may have information into Shertzer’s whereabouts should call the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711 or the U.S. Marshal’s service at 225-1632.
This morning in a special meeting of the Board of School Committee Superintendent Search Committee Chairman Ted Rokas announced Dr. Debra Livingston was chosen as the next Superintendent for the Manchester School District – SAU 37. “We are pleased with the success of this search and believe that the extensive vetting and interview process led us to the right candidate for the job. By a unanimous vote of the Board of School Committee Dr. Debra Livingston was chosen to lead our district,” began Rokas.
Dr. Livingston is the current Superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District (SAU 60 – Alstead, Charlestown area schools). Prior to her tenure at Fall Mountain she was the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Socorro Independent School District in El Paso Texas with over 37,000 students.
Manchester Mayor, and School Board Chairman Ted Gatsas added, “I have total confidence that Dr. Livingston’s experience and skill set makes her the right leader for the Manchester School District at this time. The district is in a period of transition and she has proven to the membership of the Board of School Committee that she is ready, willing and able. I look forward to welcoming her to our community and working with her to implement her vision for the district.”
Dr. Livingston commented, “I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the next Superintendent for the Manchester School District. The time spent
here over the past few days have been exciting and rewarding. I look forward to working with the dedicated passionate, and committed stakeholders of the Manchester School District and the City of Manchester, Together we will move forward for the benefit of all Manchester’s children.”
Dr. Livingston will begin her tenure as the Superintendent of Schools for the Manchester School District (SAU 37) on July 1, 2013. She will
receive a negotiated salary of $160, 000. Currently Dr. Livingston resides in Charlestown, New Hampshire and will relocate to Manchester
within 180 days.
“In the next week the Superintendent Search Committee will finalize our task by putting together a group of community leaders to welcome and
introduce Dr. Livingston into the Manchester community. We believe that this last step is essential to Dr. Livingston’s success and ask the
community to welcome her with open arms,” concluded Rokas.
Statement from Superintendent Search Committee Chairman Ted Rokas:
“The Manchester School Board has named three finalists in its search for the next superintendent. The finalists are Dr. Kriner Cash, exiting Superintendent of Memphis City Schools in Tennessee; Dr. Debra Livingston, current Superintendent of Fall Mountain Regional School District in New Hampshire; and Dr. Maureen Ward, current Superintendent of SAU 18, Franklin/Hill, in New Hampshire.
PROACT Search began the second round of recruitment on April 12 and received over 30 applicants. Of those, 12 were presented to the Search Committee. On Wednesday, June 5 the top candidates selected by the Search Committee were interviewed by the entire School Board.
The finalists will participate in a two-day on-site interview process over today and Friday. The days will include interviews and meetings with various groups of staff members and business and community groups, school visits, and a community forum. The process will conclude on Saturday with each candidate having an interview with the Board.
A decision on the next Superintendent is expected to be made soon after the Saturday interviews.”
and a complete SCHEDULE
of community visits can be found on the SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH
page of this site.
For immediate contact:
Ted Rokas, Chairman
Superintendent Search Committee
Gov. Bob Wise Comments on President Obama’s “ConnectED” Plan to Provide Schools with High-Speed Internet AccessLast week, President Obama announced “ConnectED,” a plan to provide 99 percent of the nation’s students with next-generation broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries within five years. The plan would also ensure that every educator in America receives support and training to use technology to help improve student outcomes. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement: “The effective use of technology is the only way to put every student in the fast lane to college and career readiness. That is why it is appropriate that President Obama chose Mooresville, North Carolina—located just 30 minutes north of NASCAR Hall of Fame—to announce his ConnectED initiative. It is also why the Alliance featured Mooresville in the first-ever Digital Learning Day and included Scott Smith, Mooresville’s chief technology officer on the Alliance’s Project 24 Team of Experts. “In today’s ultra-fast, super-competitive global economy, all students and teachers need to be up to speed and connected to the information superhighway. Currently, however, far too many are stuck in proverbial traffic jams or idling at on-ramps because they lack access to high-speed internet connections. “With today’s announcement, President Obama makes it possible for every school to build on the ‘Mooresville momentum’ and ensures that all students are on the same track, moving at the fastest possible speed, and heading toward higher standards and better learning outcomes.” More details on President Obama’s ConnectED initiative is available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/connected_fact_sheet.pdf.
** Please note that if you are not able to attend the meeting date scheduled for your school, you may attend another meeting. All staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
All benefit eligible staff are invited to attend an informational meeting regarding the opportunity to enroll in our Health Savings Account (HSA) health insurance plan. Representatives from Anthem and Workplace Benefit Solutions will provide and overview of the plan, give examples of how this may financially benefit employees and answer questions regarding the plan.
Please join us for one of the following meetings:
| DATE|| TIME|| FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS **|| LOCATION|| PRESENTER|
| Mon. 5/20/2013|| 3:15 PM||Parker-Varney|
| Parker Varney Gym|| Amy Winning, Anthem|
| Tue. 5/21/2013|| 3:00 PM||Parkside |
| West Library|| Amy Winning, Anthem|
| Wed. 5/22/2013|| 3:15 PM||Bakersville|
| Beech Gym|| Maureen Grande, WBS|
| Wed. 5/22/2013|| 3:00 PM||Southside|
| Memorial Auditorium|| Tom DeLacey, WBS|
| Thu. 5/23/2013|| 3:15 PM||Webster|
| McDonough Library|| Maureen Grande, WBS|
| Thu. 5/23/2013|| 3:00 PM||Hillside|
| Hillside Library|| Tom DeLacey, WBS|
The mission of Summer School Manchester is to provide access for students in grades 5-12 to a challenging and creative educational experience. This experience will allow the student to develop knowledge and skills needed to recover non-earned credit or increase preparation for the coming year.
Summer School is designed to provide students with a 20-day intensive program. Each class is designed to deliver the major concepts and skill-sets from a one-year class. Classes will meet for two and three-quarter hours per day. This allows for 55 hours of instructional time. Students will participate in a variety of instructional activities designed to deliver key concepts, competencies and skills. All students may access courses through regular instruction either for credit recovery or enrichment.
Program Dates and Location:
Summer School Manchester will begin July 1st and end on July 30th.Summer School will be held at Manchester High School West. West High School is located at 9 Notre Dame Ave. Manchester, N.H. 03102. (No classes on Thursday and Friday July 4th & 5th.)
Cost To Participate:
The costs for participation are as follows:
Manchester Students (Resident Fee) $145.00 per course
Non-Manchester Students (Non-Resident Fee) $175.00 per course
Dr. Thomas J. Brennan, Jr. presented his recently proposed redistricting plan at two community forums.
The community forum for the west side of Manchester took place at Northwest Elementary School on April 17.
The community forum for the east side of Manchester took place at Southside Middle School on April 18.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas J. Brennan, Jr., will be holding two community forums to present his recently proposed redistricting plan and to obtain input from the community. Parents, teachers, residents and interested parties are invited to attend the forums on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Northwest Elementary School
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Southside Middle School
Individuals who are unable to attend are invited to forward their comments to Superintendent Brennan at the address listed above or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester School District announced on Monday, April 8 that the 2013-14 school calendar has been set after the Manchester Board of School Committee approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and the Manchester Education Association (MEA).
Under the new hours-based calendar, the amount of time that a student spends in the classroom will increase to 1050 hours per year. Under the old calendar a student spent 990 hours per year in the classroom.
The 2013-14 school year will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The last day of class is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014.
The normal February and April vacations remain in place under the new calendar.
The number of professional development days for teachers will also increase under the new calendar. Currently teachers have 3 full professional development days. Under the new calendar they will have 6 full professional development days.
The full 2013-14 calendar and the new start and end times for elementary, middle and high school students is attached to this release. See attachment at bottom of this page: click the title to view in the web-based file viewer; click the down arrow to the right of the file to download a PDF.
The Memorandum of Understanding was negotiated by the School Board's Subcommittee on Negotiations and the MEA's bargaining team. This agreement represents a major step forward for students attending Manchester School District schools. The Board's Subcommittee on Negotiations appreciates the efforts of the MEA in reaching this agreement.
Negotiations between the school district and the MEA over a new contract are ongoing.