SAU17 School Board
Role of the School Board
The Sanborn Regional School Board is the elected body that governs the Sanborn Regional School District. The Board is comprised of 7 elected members - three members are elected by Kingston voters, three members are elected by Newton voters, and one member, the "member-at-large", is elected by both towns. School board members serve three-year terms. A student member also sits as a non-voting member of the Board. Every year, the school board is legally responsible for the education of children from kindergarten through grade 12 who live within the towns of Kingston and Newton. It is a policy-making body whose primary function is to establish rules and regulations concerning organization, general policies, major plans and procedures for the public schools. The board appoints a superintendent to manage its budget, supervise the staff and students, and make recommendations on operation of the school system.
Meeting Dates, Times and Locations
The Sanborn Regional School Board holds its regular meetings at 7:00 PM on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The meetings are open to the public. The board meets in the School Board Room (Room 137) at the high school. Click here for the schedule of Board and Committee meetings.
How to Address The School Board
If you wish to be heard by the Board, please plan to do so during the "Public Comment" sections that are listed on the agenda. The section at the beginning of the meeting is to allow community members to comment on the items on the agenda prior to Board actions. Again at the end of the evening, community members have an opportunity to comment on the work of the Board, which has just taken place. In compliance with the New Hampshire Right-to-Know Law, the School Board conducts its meetings in public. Public comments will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker and a total of 20 minutes for each section. This will allow everyone to be heard and for the Board to conduct its business in a reasonable fashion. The Chair will try to limit comments and will keep the meeting moving along.
Community members may not be able to get an immediate response to questions or comments. If the Board has already taken a position on a topic, the Chair will state the Board's position. When appropriate, members of the Board or the Superintendent may give a limited response. How You Can Remain Informed and Involved
In order to follow the work of the board in session, copies of the agenda and the various handouts will be available at the meeting in the folder marked "Public Information." The agenda for an upcoming board meeting can be obtained from the SAU Office the Friday prior to the School Board meeting. It is also posted at the town libraries, town halls, Post Offices located in Kingston and Newton and the four district schools. Click here for the current agenda.
The Board and Superintendent welcome summary information pertaining to a specific agenda item(s). Comments may be mailed to:
17 Danville Road, Kingston, NH 03848
Comments must be received by the Superintendent or Board Chair by the Wednesday prior to the Board meeting. The superintendent will review your signed and dated correspondence as part of the process for making recommendations on agenda items.
Packets containing the agenda, documenting materials and recommendations will be distributed to board members on the Friday prior to each regular meeting. Packets will be available for public review at the Board meetings.
The minutes of the board meeting are available at the SAU office and this web-site.
The School Board publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting district events that is mailed to every home in Kingston and Newton in September, November, February and March.