School Funding 101 Forum

The Rochester School Board invites you to attend a School Funding 101 Forum.

October 10, 2018 6 to 8 p.m. in the Spaulding High School Auditorium

“The current state funding system allows for children in school districts with more valuable real estate to benefit from higher per-pupil spending, while their parents pay property taxes at much lower rates.” – Attorney John Tobin

Students and taxpayers in property poor towns do not get their fair share of limited education funding in New Hampshire. The Claremont lawsuits that challenged the state’s school funding mechanism were intended to remedy that but inequities remain.  In fact, after an initial improvement, the tax burden on property poor towns has returned to about what it was before the lawsuit.

Executive Councilor Andy Volinsky and retired head of New Hampshire Legal Assistance John Tobin, two of the Claremont attorneys, are traveling the State holding forums in which they educate citizens and local leadership about how the combination of, primarily, local property taxes, with a little additional state and federal funding school funding finances our schools.  They make the funding system as it exists today understandable and show how it is not fair to New Hampshire’s property poor towns and taxpayers.

Andy and John’s “School Funding 101” forums are a great opportunity to understand New Hampshire school funding and discuss with fellow citizens and two of the most knowledgeable and clear education funding experts in the State.

Highly successful forums in Pittsfield, Derry, Newton and Berlin have been completed with hundreds in attendance and many questions answered.

Rochester: 6:00 to 8:00 PM, October 10 at Spalding High School, 130 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH.  

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Vision Meeting September 27th, 6 to 8 p.m.

Dear Parent, Staff and Community Members,


The Rochester School Board would like to invite you to participate in the Strategic Planning Process.   We have surveyed the community, had a retreat and now we would like to engage in visioning work. We would like your feedback on a vision for the Rochester School system.


The event is planned for September 27th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the first floor conference at the Rochester Community Center.  Please come and provide your feedback. If you are unable to make it but have suggestions about the vision, mission or other thoughts, email to:


Please let us know if you plan to attend, email at :




A mission statement is a concise explanation of the organization’s reason for existence. It describes the organization’s purpose and its overall intention. The mission statement supports the vision and serves to communicate purpose and direction to employees, customers, vendors and other stakeholders

Current:  “The Mission of the Rochester School Department is to ensure quality educational experiences


Proposed Mission

The Rochester New Hampshire School District provides a personalized education for all students Pre-school to Grade 12.  Students will be prepared as educated, responsible, and contributing citizens, who can read, write, communicate, and calculate with clarity and accuracy using current technologies and resources.

Our Vision in ten years ???  What does success look like ?  If we ignore the constraints, what would we do differently ?

A vision statement looks forward and creates a mental image of the ideal state that the organization wishes to achieve. It is inspirational and aspirational and should challenge employees. Questions to consider when drafting vision statements might include:


  • What problem are we seeking to solve?
  • Where are we headed?
  • If we achieved all strategic goals, what would we look like 10 years from now?


We will create a vision for Rochester Schools  during the meeting on September 27th.


Michael Hopkins

Flu and illness advice

I wanted to share some reminders to all of us about fighting colds and flu.

We are all aware that the winter months bring illness. Colds, influenza like illness, strep and stomach viruses all seem more prevalent during these months. So that we may work together to avoid the spread of illness here are some reminders:

(CDC Guidelines)

Avoid close contact with sick people

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible

If you are sick with a fever or with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours once your fever is gone without a fever reducer except to get medical care if needed.

Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (or cough into your elbow) throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands with soap and water (if not available- use hand sanitizer)

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects contaminated with germs like the flu.

Gonic Updates

Gonic 3-5 will play on the McClelland playground instead of the field at RMS.

The buses came at their regular time to Gonic yesterday

R6 – 3:05pm

R16 – 3:15pm

R13 -3:25pm


So I am sure they were later to RMS and McClelland.

The transfer/YMCA bus came to Gonic at 3:20pm.

The drop off and pick up went smoothly.