EXETER - Terms of office for some current school board members expire in March 2014. Now is the time for interested citizens to consider serving in these capacities. Board Members whose terms, three (3) years unless otherwise noted, expire include Charles Gargaly and Amy Mitchell in Brentwood; Korrine Bork in East Kingston; Tracy Jeffers in Exeter; Gary Bonitatibus in Kensington; Kirsten Lord in Newfields; Bob O’Sullivan and Eric von der Linden in Stratham; and Kate Segal (Exeter), Dave Miller (East Kingston), Kate Clark (Kensington – 2 year term), and Mark Portu (Stratham) for the Coop. Of the thirty-three total School Board seats in SAU 16, these twelve positions will be available for (re)election. Now is the time for interested individuals to gather information about the duties and responsibilities associated with serving as a School Board member. This is a wonderful opportunity for community service!
Filing Period - Any resident over 18 years old may be a candidate for any school district office, including school board member, school district clerk, or school district moderator. Terms of office vary depending on the position. Those interested in having their names on the ballot in March 2014, must declare their candidacy in writing to the current school district clerk for their respective district between January 22 and January 31, 2014.
Champions for Children - Community members and school staffs continue to recognize and celebrate the dedication of local individuals by nominating them for a local Champion for Children award. This award is given to those individuals who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating significant involvement in programs and/or services that directly benefit the students and families of School Administrative Unit 16.
The Exeter Region Cooperative School District recently presented this award to Josh Murphy of Exeter Lumber. Josh has been a very strong supporter of the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) for the past five years. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Building Construction Technologies program and always provides the best possible costs for wood, tools, and supplies used in this program. Exeter Lumber also offers a discount on materials and supplies to any student who is involved in this program and makes donations in support of the SST food drive in the form of prizes to students who donate the most food. Josh Murphy is a true friend and partner to SST and is strongly committed to helping students. His efforts are sincerely noted and appreciated.