Category Archive: News Releases

Oct 11

Timberlane to Partner With The Jimmy Fund

We are proud to announce that the Timberlane Regional School District will be entering into a partnership with The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Center for the 2017/18 school year. Grades 6-12 will be creating a Rally Team to hold events and fundraisers for this seminal New England charity that helps fight childhood cancer and supports families who are enduring struggles of cancer treatment with their children.

Timberlane has been a leading force in this area through the student group Project Hope which has raised over $10,000 for local families fighting cancer and charities that carry out this work. Working with Jimmy Fund Assistant Director Andrew Cader, the District will plan and carry out fundraisers throughout the year including Red Sox Opening Day events to raise money and awareness for this important cause. The Jimmy Fund will also lend a hand with our annual events such as the Strut For The Cure and Play For A Cure in the spring. We are excited for the positive impact our efforts will have through this important partnership and look forward to working with the Jimmy Fund to help fight childhood cancer.

Know of a business that might be interested in partnering with us? Please share our link below for more information on how to become a partner or call Scott Strainge, Business and Community Partnership Program Director at (603)382-6541 ext. 3907. We will celebrate each partnership with a press release and an individual partnership page on our website to let you know which businesses are supporting our students and programs.

Supporting public education through business partnerships is a wonderful way to give back to your patrons and the community who supports your business.

Timberlane Regional School District Community Partnership Program

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Oct 11

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Moves to the Timberlane Performing Arts Center

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra (MVPO) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Timberlane Regional School District. Through the collaborative efforts of MVPO music director George Monseur and Timberlane Performing Arts Center director Anthony J. DiBartolomeo, the orchestra will continue expanding its mission to perform music from varied periods and styles, while placing a continuous emphasis on educational outreach. In this new partnership, students and faculty from the Timberlane Regional School District will be featured throughout our upcoming concert seasons. The collaboration between organizations will promote artistic opportunities for our youth through training and performance.

The new season will begin November 5th in the new venue with a Gala Pops event, featuring a variety of musical styles. Included are works by Aaron Copland, Ellington, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rimsky Korsakov’s Cappricio Espangnol, and excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

The orchestra will present four concerts this season: November 5, 2017, December 17, 2017, March 11, 2018, and May 13, 2018. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Rd., Plaistow, NH, 03865. For more information about string openings, please contact Personnel Director Brooke Townsend LaMonica at batlamonica or 603-275-6249.

When: November 5, 2017, 2:30 PM

Where: Timberlane Performing Arts Center
40 Greenough Rd
Plaistow, NH 03865

How: Tickets available at the door or online by contacting the web site – or
Adults $25; Seniors and Students $20; Children age 4-12 $5
Seating is General Admission

Contact Info: Brooke LaMonica
MVPO Operations Manager

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Oct 05

SAU55 Board Approves Superintendent’s Goals for 2017-18

Fifty-five individual goals within the confines of five major categories were approved by unanimous vote of the SAU55 Board at their October 4th meeting. In his goals, Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler commits to initiatives that will advance student achievement, improve climate, culture and community relations, improve business operations, budget development and planning, improve communication efforts and technology systems, and improve district facilities and operations for both the Hampstead and Timberlane Regional school districts.

Dr. Metzler states, “These goals were developed in response to listening to individual board members and both boards, as well as designed to align our mutual vision for leading the learning in New Hampshire. These goals are ambitious and, upon their completion, will enhance the many successes and improvements made over the past five years. I am very appreciative of the support of the SAU Board and look forward to partnering with them and our individual districts in our collective effort to increase the rigor, accountability, evaluation and support that drives student achievement.”

“The SAU Board values and appreciates these well-thought out goals as proposed by the Superintendent. As such, the Board will collaborate with the Superintendent to ensure his success in attaining each one of them.” – Sue Sherman, SAU Board Chair

The Superintendent’s goals may be viewed by logging onto:

October 5, 2017

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Sep 21

SAU Prevails in Right-to-Know Supreme Court Case

In a court order released today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court rendered a decision on the appeal of a decision rendered by the Superior Court in the matter of David K. Taylor v. School Administrative Unit 55. The appeal argued the Superior Court erred in interpreting certain provisions of RSA 91-A, the Right-to-Know law. The original case involved claims the SAU Board violated RSA 91-A in connection with the sealing of nonpublic minutes, as well as claims that the Superintendent’s Office violated the statute in regards to the electronic access of said meeting minutes and other items, the redaction of said minutes, and the associated costs for providing copies of items requested via the Right-to-Know process.

The NH Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s decision on all accounts citing they conclude the SAU’s Right-to-Know procedure complies with the statute. Specifically, the court found no violations relative to charging for the cost of a thumb drive for electronic copies, requiring requestors to appear in person to obtain requested material, adopting procedures prohibiting the use of email to deliver Right-to-Know electronic records, and also clarified that the statute does not impose the delivery records in a specific electronic format. The court further cites its earlier decision in the Green v. SAU55 case does not counsel in favor of one method (format) over another.

Dr. Metzler is very appreciative of the court’s ruling on the matter and once again asserts that the office procedure on fulfilling Right-to-Know requests is not only in full compliance with state statute, but also affords members of the public an equitable process for the delivery of requested information. “The purpose of this press release is not to revel in this court victory, but to share with the public the merits of the case and to remind them of our continued efforts to grow the public’s trust in our management of the organization and the two school districts. The SAU takes serious the public’s demand for transparency and values the support of our stakeholders.”

“Today’s decision validates the SAU Board’s confidence that the policies and procedures of the SAU align with state law. We look forward to continuing the positive work ahead.” – Sue Sherman, SAU Board Chair

September 21, 2017

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Sep 14

Parent Information Sessions to be Held on New Elementary Report Cards

Click on session schedule below.

2017 Elementary Report Card Information Session Schedule

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