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Hanover District Governance

Appendix A: Bernice A. Ray School Governance

The Ray School has the following governance committees to assist in facilitating the educational and operational aspects of the school:

Behavioral Support/Guidance Team. To serve as a coordinating group for meeting student needs, both before and after they have been referred to either CST or PST. The group includes the principal, the assistant principal, both school counselors, and our behavioral support specialist. The intent is to assure that the appropriate referrals have been made, follow through is occurring, and appropriate communication with parents and/or support agencies is occurring.

Child Study Team. Serves as a problem-solving group for student referrals before a student is considered for special education or other mandated services. The committee includes special education teachers, the Ray School reading specialist, a school counselor, a grade level representative, and a representative from the “specials.” On occasion, an administrator and/or parent may join the group. The intent is to have a group that has a school wide experience that can lend insight into a particular child’s experience.

Faculty Council. Provides a forum for discussion and resolution of logistical and day-to-day operational problems that may arise. The membership consists of a faculty member from each grade level, a representative of the “specials,” an educational assistant representative, as well as a Ray School administrator. A faculty member chairs the committee.

Networks Committee. Provides a sounding board for the principal on school wide policy issues. Additionally, this group identifies key initiatives, sets implementation strategies for change, and works on getting faculty feedback and evaluation of these initiatives. Membership includes representation from each grade level and the “specials” group, and includes the principal and/or assistant principal, as well as a Hanover School Board liaison.

Pupil Services Team. This committee considers referrals for special education evaluations. It assigns a case manager and assists in carrying out special education evaluations.

Technology Committee. Advises the Ray School administration and the technology coordinator on matters involving technology. The committee lends advice on matters of technology policy, curriculum planning, training, resource requests, and implementation strategies. The committee will include teachers from each grade level, at least two community members (with emphasis on technology expertise), the technology coordinator, the principal, and a Hanover School Board liaison.

Appendix B: Hanover District Governance

The Hanover School District is responsible for the operation of the Bernice A. Ray School (pre-K through 5), and funding the education of 6th graders at the Dresden School District’s Richmond Middle School. The Hanover District also provides bus transportation for all Hanover students (K through 12), and funds extraordinary special education for Hanover students (pre-K through age 21).

The Hanover District School Board has seven members, with elections in March for staggered 3-year terms. The Board is responsible for setting District policy, approving curriculum, setting the annual the budget, setting or negotiating staff compensation, employing District administrators, and approving certified staff appointments.

Hanover District administrators are responsible for operation and management of the Ray School, including staff assignments, staff development, operating policy, budgetary control, and maintaining order and discipline. The administration is also essential for advising/supporting the Board in executing its responsibilities.

The diagram below portrays these key District relationships.

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SAU 70. The Hanover District operates within the New Hampshire School Administrative Unit #70 (SAU 70). The SAU employs five administrators, and provides financial services and administrative support for three component school districts; the Hanover NH District (K-5), the Norwich VT District (K-6), and the combined Dresden District (6-12). The SAU is headed by the Superintendent of Schools. Financial and business affairs are directed by the Assistant Superintendent for Business. Curriculum and special education direction is provided by the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. The Technology Director is responsible for guiding electronic and digital capabilities across all three districts, and the Facilities Manager is in charge of plant and equipment.

The Dresden School District operates the Richmond Middle School (grades 6-8) and Hanover High School (grades 9-12) for Hanover and Norwich students, plus a number of tuition students from neighboring towns. Funding for the Dresden schools is apportioned between Hanover and Norwich in proportion to the number of students from each town.

The diagram below portrays the general SAU relationships

Budgeting. Each of the three districts is funded by its own budget. Annual budget-setting is critical in the governance of the Districts. The budgeting process lasts almost seven months, beginning with guideline-setting in the late summer, and ending with draft budgets presented to the Boards in December. After review and adjustment in January and February, budgets are offered for approval by the Board in February and voted by the electorate in early March. Throughout those months there is critical input from school staff and administrators, as well as the Finance Committee (an independent unit providing guidance to the Town and to the District).

The Budget process is open to the public. Meetings are posted on the SAU web site. Citizens who wish to help shape spending priorities are always welcome to attend and to offer suggestions. Early involvement is often the most effective, as initial guidelines and objectives generally drive much of the budget outcome.