About Our District
Mission of Manchester Public Schools
It is the mission of the Manchester School District, in partnership with the community, to inspire and empower all learners with the knowledge, skills, and experiences essential for them to reach their greatest potential.
Vision of the Manchester School District
The Manchester School District will be a dynamic system focused on the realization of student aspirations.
Located on the banks of the Merrimack River, Manchester, New Hampshire, was settled in the early 1700s and incorporated as a city in 1846. Today, with a population of more than 107,000, Manchester is the largest city in Northern New England.
Expansion of the Manchester airport, one of the nation's fastest growing airports, has provided the area with numerous economic development opportunities, including the construction of the new 10,000 seat Verizon Wireless Arena. A vibrant community that has experienced a rebirth in recent years, Manchester is the home of six colleges and universities and several leading technology and manufacturing firms.
Despite spectacular growth, Manchester has been careful to preserve the best of its rich past. A creative blend of old and new architecture, the city retains the character and intimacy of close-knit neighborhoods while offering the amenities of a larger city. The result is a quality of life that offers something for everyone.
The Manchester School District is the state's largest and oldest school system. The District is governed by a fifteen member committee that is elected every two years. The Mayor serves as chairperson of the Board.
The District is comprised of a developmental preschool program,14 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, including a Career and Technical Education Center, and a program for adult education. The District serves nearly 14,000 students and employs 1,900 faculty and staff.
As a community with an increasingly diverse population, MSD offers a wide range of programs and initiatives. More than 1,500 students are English Language Learners who, as immigrants or refugees, are non-English proficient. The EL program provides English language instruction and offers students assistance with cultural assimilation.
The Manchester School District and the City of Manchester are united in their desire to provide students with quality education in wholesome environments.
Providing an exceptional education for its children heads the list of Manchester's priorities. Partnerships with the business community are highly valued. Together, working with students, parents, educators, school administrators, elected officials, and the community at-large, Manchester's education system is proactive and visionary.
Superintendents Years Served
Bolgen Vargas, 2016-present
Debra Livingston, 2013-2016
Thomas J. Brennan, Jr. 2008-2013
Michael Ludwell 2002-2007
Normand A. Tanguay 1997-2002
Leonard J. Bernard 1994-1997
Eugene W. Ross 1987-1994
Richard L. Henderson 1985-1987
Henry J. McLaughlin 1970-1985
William E. Kelly 1966-1970
John T. McDonald 1959-1966
Augusta M. Nichols 1954-1958
Austin J. McCaffrey 1947-1954
Austin J. Gibbons 1938-1947
Louis P. Benezet 1924-1938
Frank A. Morris 1923-1924
Charles W. Bickford 1900-1916
William S. Buck 1877-1900
Josiah Dearborn 1875-1876