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Dear NHSBA Members –

As many of you may know, significant changes are occurring at NHSBA.

Long-serving NHSBA Executive Director Ted Comstock has retired. Ted dedicated more than thirty years of service to NHSBA. In that time, Ted implemented numerous programs and services for NHSBA, including NHSBA's Labor Relations Program, School Board Policy Program, Legal Information Service, School Board Academy Training Program and the NHSBA Superintendent Search Service. Ted's years of experience and commitment to NHSBA and its members will be greatly missed. We wish him well in his retirement.

I am grateful for the opportunity to move into the role as NHSBA Executive Director. NHSBA's firm commitment to providing superior member services will remain our highest priority. Additionally, NHSBA will seek to engage in collaborative efforts with all stakeholders and public school advocates to achieve good school board governance and enhance student learning.

NHSBA has hired two new staff members recently. Staff Attorney Bud Fitch has been with NHSBA since February. Attorney Fitch most recently worked for Senator Kelly Ayotte and spent ten years at the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office prior. Administrative Assistant Amanda Hodgman has been with NHSBA since January. Amanda comes to NHSBA with a strong background in finance and office management. We are pleased to have them as a part of the NHSBA team.

I would also like to highlight some additional changes and services upcoming at NHSBA.

In response to member feedback and in an effort to enhance NHSBA's training services, we are pleased to announce that NHSBA will be hosting a year-long Right to Know law webinar series. Each webinar will focus on a different aspect of the Right to Know law. Please click here to see the 2017/18 NHSBA Training Calendar and to register for any of our events. Please note that due to the upcoming NHSBA website revisions, only training events for September and October 2017 are currently listed. Other training events will be posted as soon as possible.

Additionally, a revised and revamped NHSBA website is currently under construction. We anticipate a launch date of Monday July 31, 2017. We will send out a notice to all members when the site is active. Related, NHSBA is entering the social media world with the launch of our Facebook and Twitter pages in the upcoming weeks. These undertakings are intended to provide quick, easy access to news, information, and important information relative to NHSBA, as well as broader aspects of school board governance and public education. NHSBA will provide a notice to all members once these pages are available.

Last, NHSBA remains dedicated to promoting excellence in public education for all New Hampshire children through school board service and governance. To that end, NHSBA will engage in efforts to be active in planning and implementing positive educational reform, to represent the interests of local school boards in the development of state and federal education matters, and to provide assistance to school boards in the areas of legal services, school board policies, legislative advocacy and school board professional development. As a member-driven organization, NHSBA's primary goal will continue to be meeting the respective needs of our member school boards.

Please contact us at any time. We look forward to working with you.

Barrett M. Christina, Executive Director

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