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April 2017  

Superintendent’s Message


School Board

I also want to join the School Board in recognizing Mrs. Paula Geil for her six years of service to the School Board and the community. School Board work is vital to the present and future generations of students, it involves many meetings and decisions, and countless hours of service.

It is also my pleasure to welcome Mr. Greg Collins, our new School Board member, who will begin his service at the upcoming March 20th Board meeting.

 

School Delays and Closure Due to Inclement Weather

This winter has posed many weather-related challenges that we have all experienced whether as a parent or caregiver, as a student or staff member, or as one of those involved with making the decision to hold, delay, or cancel school. In answer to the question: How are inclement weather decisions made? I am providing the essential elements that go into the process below:

1.      When the Monroe School District makes the decision to delay or close school during inclement weather conditions, the decision isn’t made lightly. We take a team approach between myself and the Principal, the latest weather reports, JPI Bus Company, and surrounding schools.

 

2.      Safety of students is the most important factor. When weather forecasts indicate that there will be snow or ice on Monroe roadways, I contact JPI by 5 AM with the current and forecasted road conditions and I recommend that we hold school, have a two-hour delay, or cancel school. Often, I revisit the two-hour delay decision, get updated information regarding conditions, and contact JPI with my decision to hold school or cancel for the day.

 

3.      Once the decision is made and I have contacted the Principal, a message is sent via our Alert Now system to notify staff and parents of the delay or closure. I follow up by calling WMUR and WCAX to post the message on their websites. We also post the decision on the Monroe School Facebook page.

 

4.      Since I usually follow up with JPI by 7AM on whether it is advisable to change the delay to a closure, parents and staff are strongly advised to listen for a revised announcement through the Alert Now system as well as checking the media outlets mentioned above.

 

5.      Monroe school officials take the delay or closure of school very seriously. We factor in student safety both to and from the bus stops during inclement weather conditions for the start and end of the day as well as potential traffic issues on the roadways.

 

6.      Safety of students is our number one priority in making these decisions.



March 20, 2017

Superintendent’s Message

School Budget for 2017-2018

On behalf of the Monroe School Board and myself, I begin this message with a heartfelt thank you to the Monroe School Community for your approval and support of the budget for the coming year. I am grateful to one and all for your support of the funding we needed to continue our vital programs, projects, and initiatives for our students and staff. 

 

School Board

I also want to join the School Board in recognizing Mrs. Paula Geil for her six years of service to the School Board and the community. School Board work is vital to the present and future generations of students, it involves many meetings and decisions, and countless hours of service.

It is also my pleasure to welcome Mr. Greg Collins, our new School Board member, who will begin his service at the upcoming March 20th Board meeting.

 

School Delays and Closure Due to Inclement Weather

This winter has posed many weather-related challenges that we have all experienced whether as a parent or caregiver, as a student or staff member, or as one of those involved with making the decision to hold, delay, or cancel school. In answer to the question: How are inclement weather decisions made? I am providing the essential elements that go into the process below:

1.      When the Monroe School District makes the decision to delay or close school during inclement weather conditions, the decision isn’t made lightly. We take a team approach between myself and the Principal, the latest weather reports, JPI Bus Company, and surrounding schools.

 

2.      Safety of students is the most important factor. When weather forecasts indicate that there will be snow or ice on Monroe roadways, I contact JPI by 5 AM with the current and forecasted road conditions and I recommend that we hold school, have a two-hour delay, or cancel school. Often, I revisit the two-hour delay decision, get updated information regarding conditions, and contact JPI with my decision to hold school or cancel for the day.

 

3.      Once the decision is made and I have contacted the Principal, a message is sent via our Alert Now system to notify staff and parents of the delay or closure. I follow up by calling WMUR and WCAX to post the message on their websites. We also post the decision on the Monroe School Facebook page.

 

4.      Since I usually follow up with JPI by 7AM on whether it is advisable to change the delay to a closure, parents and staff are strongly advised to listen for a revised announcement through the Alert Now system as well as checking the media outlets mentioned above.

 

5.      Monroe school officials take the delay or closure of school very seriously. We factor in student safety both to and from the bus stops during inclement weather conditions for the start and end of the day as well as potential traffic issues on the roadways.

 

6.      Safety of students is our number one priority in making these decisions.


Sincerely,

Susan E. Hodgdon

Superintendent of Schools

NH SAU #77






Welcome Back Message from the Superintendent

 

Dear Community Members, Parents, and Monroe Students,

As we prepare to embark on another year of learning and growth throughout our school community, I want to welcome you to our 2016-2017 academic year, as well as to introduce myself in this first Superintendent’s Message. The school is clean and bright, and ready for the first day of school. A great deal of work was done over the summer, we have finished most of the items on the summer projects list, and are indeed “ready to set sail” on another year of learning and growth. We are fully staffed, educators have returned from summer break, and we’re looking forward to greeting students and their families on Thursday, August 25th.

While I have been here throughout the summer, I’m excited for this new school year and all that we have planned to make it a successful year for every one of our students. To give you an idea of my background, I have worked in a variety of districts in both Maine and New Hampshire over a ten-year span, serving as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, and I am impressed with the Monroe staff – their commitment, professionalism, and focus on the importance of meeting the needs of all learners.  It was this combination that first drew me to Monroe.

The mission of the Monroe School District, stated in its Strategic Plan, is one that resonates with my core beliefs. I am energized by the District’s vision of being a leader in collaborative, community-based learning, by providing a strong foundation to ensure individual growth, and to accomplish this through teaching students the habits of perseverance and the importance of diversity are hallmarks of equipping students for life-long success. I plan to guide and support the work identified in the Strategic Plan, knowing the work that went into creating this important document.

Monroe is located in a beautiful part of the northeast, one that offers a variety of recreational activities and a rich history, so I trust that, as summer begins to turn towards fall with the return of staff and students to school this week, you and your family find time to relax and enjoy the remaining days of this wonderful New Hampshire summer. I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school and welcome your ideas and input as the school year gets underway.

 

Sincerely,

Susan E. Hodgdon

Superintendent of Schools

NH SAU #77







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