Thursday, June 27, 2013

Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District

Please find the audit report link at the bottom of this announcement from CMSi, which was presented by Dr. Judy Birmingham to the Curriculum & Instruction and Strategic Planning committees on June 26. For helpful background on how to read and understand the report, we would recommend reviewing either the tv coverage of the meeting, or the minutes from the meeting which will be forthcoming.

In reviewing the document, please note that this audit was structured like a financial audit, in that the auditors evaluated the Manchester School District against five standards, and evaluated our performance against those standards, using multiple criteria for each standard.  As Dr.Birmingham noted last night, the auditors were not engaged in comparing us to other districts, but rather in measuring the district against established objective criteria.

The report has been forwarded to the full Board of School Committee, and will most likely be discussed at the August 12th meeting.  Following that discussion, the members of the two committees are hopeful that this report can serve as the basis for an action plan for the Board, Dr.
Livingston, and the district as a whole.

As a final note, to paraphrase Dr. Birmingham's concluding comment last night: Nothing in the report suggests that anyone in the Manchester School District - staff, administrators, Board members - needs to work harder.  Rather, the report suggests how we can move forward to focus our hard work to achieve the outcomes we desire for our district and our students. Thank you.

Click here for the Audit Report The report will remain available on Look in the upper left Quick Links menu under Reports & Documents.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dr. Debra Livingston Chosen as Superintendent

Dr. Debra Livingston
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.