Category Archive: News Releases

Mar 24

Full Version of the Annual Report for Year Ending 2016 Now Available

The  Annual Report for year ending 2016 is now available online.  New this year is the inclusion of the District Report Card and the Auditor’s Report.

Hard copies of the report will be available at the Superintendent’s Office and each of the district schools, public libraries, and town halls.  (Auditors Reports will be available at these locations by March 17th.) Requests for hardcopies may be directed to the Superintendent’s Office at 382-6119.

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane – Appendix A – District Report Card

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane – Appendix B – Auditor’s Report (now available)

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Mar 23

March 2017 Election Results Are In

Congratulations to newly elected School Board members: Brian Boyle (Atkinson), Kimberly Farah (Danville) and returning member Susan Sherman (Plaistow), as well as newly elected Budget Committee members: Julie Hammond (re-elected from Atkinson), Jennifer Caruso (Danville) and Michael Mascola (Plaistow).

The election results reflect voters supporting the proposed operating budget, placing $250,000 into the Capital Reserve Fund, approving the 3-year Timberlane Support Staff Union contract, selecting an auditing firm, and having confidence in the Superintendent of Schools.

Administration looks forward to working with the newly elected officials and they extend their thanks and appreciation for the work of the Budget Committee in developing a comprehensive and respectful budget that allows them to carry out School Board supported initiatives that advance and improve the District’s educational and operational programs.

Additionally, Timberlane is fortunate to have the very best caring and dedicated support staff membership and the District is thankful to the voters for supporting their new three-year contract.

March 2017 Timberlane Voting Results

“I have been fortunate to have had the different Boards recognize the quality of our work with outstanding evaluations each year. However, having the community give me a vote of confidence is a powerful message. In politics and pedagogy, Superintendents get caught in the crossfire of elected officials pushing and pulling in different directions. I am proud to work for a community that sees through all of that and recognizes that Superintendents get put in the middle of many difficult situations. This is not a popularity contest.  At the end of the day, all that really matters is that we provide our kids  with a powerful education that prepares them for college and career readiness. The Timberlane community understands this. Accountability, evaluation, rigor and support drive our work and is leading to outstanding student achievement. Timberlane continues to lead the learning in New Hampshire.”

– Dr. Metzler



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Mar 17

March 15 – Another Successful Blizzard Bag Day

The Timberlane Regional School District is pleased to announce the March 15th Online Learning Blizzard Bag day was a success.  For the record, Timberlane has executed four successful blizzard bag days this winter (December 12, January 24, February 7, and March 15).

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Mar 10

SAU Board Appoints Attorney Geoffrey Dowd as CFO/Business Administrator

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Earl Metzler is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Geoffrey Dowd to the position of Chief Finance Officer/Business Administrator effective July 1, 2017. As the CFO/Business Administrator, Attorney Dowd will be charged with administering the business affairs of SAU 55, and the Timberlane and Hampstead School districts while providing the most effective use of our financial resources. His responsibilities will consist of budget development, purchasing, accounting, payroll, and plant operations associated with facilities, safety, maintenance, food service, and transportation.

Attorney Dowd boasts an extensive background in accounting, finance, budgeting, planning, forecasting, reporting, and legal and negotiation support. He currently serves as the Business Operations Coordinator for SAU 55 working closely with current Business Administrator George Stokinger since 2015 in providing assistance in finance and accounting, and in leading various district committees. Prior to this, he worked for Novell, Inc. where he held a number of roles, including Financial Analyst and Accountant providing support to all general and administrative functions. He has budgeted and forecasted for over $75M in annual expenditures.

Geoff is also a licensed attorney who has assisted clients in negotiating and closing business and real estate acquisitions/dispositions, and provided support for long and short term estate and business transition planning. He is a graduate of Bentley University and New England Law | Boston earning both law and finance degrees.

The Board is excited to elevate Geoff Dowd to the position of CFO/Business Administrator. He has demonstrated a tremendous ability during his time at SAU 55 and will make an excellent Business Administrator. I wish George Stokinger the very best in his upcoming retirement and thank him for his many years of service to our communities. – Jason Cipriano, SAU Board Chair

We look forward to continuing the tradition of responsible budgeting by providing the students and staff members of our districts with the necessary resources to drive rigor, accountability, evaluation, and support that leads to exceptional student outcomes, while at the same time showing a deep respect for the taxpayer. I want to thank the SAU Board Screening Committee, led by co-chairs Sue Sherman of Plaistow and Karen Yasenka of Hampstead, for their diligence in conducting a comprehensive search and interview process. I also wish to thank George Stokinger for all the time and effort that he has expended over the years making SAU 55 one of the most efficient and effective business office operations in the state of New Hampshire. – Dr. Earl Metzler, Superintendent

March 10, 2017

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Mar 08

TPAF to Discuss Competency Based Education and Reporting on March 20th

The Timberlane Regional School District will hold a meeting of the Timberlane Parent Advisory Forum (TPAF) on Monday, March 20th, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the District Office Boardroom.  All parents of Timberlane students are invited to attend.

Members of the Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Teams will share and discuss “Competency Based Education and Reporting.”  This topic will include information about what competencies are, where they come from, and how student achievement toward competencies will be reported to parents beginning at the elementary level in the Fall of 2017.  With the implementation of new curricula at all of our Timberlane schools, K-12, it is an important time to discuss competency based education, requirements from the NH Department of Education, and best practices in reporting each student’s acquisition and application of knowledge and skills.

Looking ahead, the next TPAF meeting will be held on Monday, April 17th.   A viewing of “SCREENAGERS: Parenting in a Digital World” will take place in the Timberlane Performing Arts Center at 5:00p.m. and at 7:00p.m.  LIVE STREAM will not be accessible for these showings.

Parents are invited to submit future agenda topics for consideration by email to TPAF The Timberlane Parent Advisory Forum website can be accessed at or by selecting Superintendent’s Advisory Committees on the TRSD website. The TPAF website will provide you with information and updates related TPAF topics, past meeting notes, a link to our email address, and more.

TPAF Co-Chaired by:
Timberlane Parent, Sarah Machemer
Budget Committee Member, George Manos
District Administrators, Debra Armfield and Christi Michaud

March 8, 2017

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