SUPERINTENDENT

John B. Robertson

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

Kathleen C. McCabe, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Mary E. Patry

 

TELEPHONE (603) 569-1658

FAX (603) 569-6983

E-MAIL sau49@govwentworth.k12.nh.us

www.govwentworth.k12.nh.us

 

 

 
             Governor Wentworth Regional School District

                 Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro

                Post Office Box 190, Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire 03896-0190

Text Box: Helping Each Child Create the Future
 

 


 

 

 

February 16, 2009

 

 

The Honorable John H. Lynch

Governor of New Hampshire

Office of the Governor

State House

25 Capitol Street

Concord, NH 03301

 

 

Dear Governor Lynch,

 

Almost 233 years ago Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” From that day (December 23, 1776) to the present, his words have often been used to describe situations of conflict, disaster, and now of economic woes.

 

I fully realize that the decisions you have had to make in preparing your budget must not have been easy ones. Choosing to fund one program and eliminate another has to weigh heavily on you. Certainly they do when I have difficult decisions to make. I am sure that as the details become more public there will be many individuals and organizations lobbying for their own agendas. I would like to enter a plea and lobby for your agenda.

 

It is my understanding that the money for vocational renovations has been removed from the budget for the next biennium. This decision has immediate ramifications for the Region 9 Career Technical Center in Wolfeboro and long-term ramifications for our students, especially those you have targeted through the legislation which increases the age of compulsory attendance. I fully agree with your statement in the September 26, 2006 press release relative to the increase in NH’s graduation rate. You said, “This is about giving New Hampshire’s children the opportunities they need to succeed. But it is also about the economic future of our state.” Your statement is even more valid today, when we are seeing the impact of the economic downturn and realize that unskilled workers and dropouts will cause a tremendous drain on our dwindling economic resources. Surely, vocational centers are meant to remedy just that issue.

 

I would humbly suggest that not supporting vocational centers will cause a greater hardship for the people of New Hampshire in the long run. As you have suggested, nearly 80% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. It seems contradictory to close a correction facility while creating a situation that increases the likelihood of needing additional facilities.

 

During your term of office, you have supported the vocational-technical centers by including monies for renovations in your capital budget.  In your 2007 Inaugural Address you highlighted the $13 million for renovations to the Exeter and Manchester vocational centers. I am sure that those monies were well spent helping those communities educate vocational students and I would ask you to reconsider your proposal to fund additional renovations, especially since those schools slated to receive funds serve the neediest students of New Hampshire, those in rural communities.

 

Governor Lynch, I urge you not to fall prey to the “penny-wise, pound foolish” method of setting priorities. You were right to insist that every New Hampshire student receive the education needed to be a successful citizen. Please do not turn your back on that need. Consider including the money for vocational school renovations in the bond for school building aid or direct some of the federal dollars from President Obama’s Recovery Act to the renovations, which have already been presented to the voters of Littleton and Governor Wentworth.  Please continue to support our vocational centers.

 

I would like to request the opportunity to meet with you in the near future. The Governor Wentworth Regional School Board and Administration would welcome the prospect of discussing this matter with you and helping to clarify the needs of our voters and students. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

John B. Robertson

Superintendent of Schools

 

 


SUPERINTENDENT

John B. Robertson

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT

Kathleen C. McCabe, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Kathleen Cuddy-Egbert

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Mary E. Patry

 

TELEPHONE (603) 569-1658

FAX (603) 569-6983

E-MAIL secretary@govwentworth.k12.nh.us

www.govwentworth.k12.nh.us

 

 

 
             Governor Wentworth Regional School District

                 Brookfield, Effingham, New Durham, Ossipee, Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro

                Post Office Box 190, Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire 03896-0190

Text Box: Helping Each Child Create the Future
 

 


 

 

 

February 16, 2009

 

 

The Honorable Lou D’Allesandro

Senate District 20

Statehouse

107 N. Main St., Room 117

Concord, NH 03301

 

 

Dear Senator D’Allesandro,

 

“People working together can accomplish anything” (www.dallesandro.com). It is certainly understandable why a person who professes such a motto of cooperation and collaboration has been able to accomplish so much while serving the people of New Hampshire. Your long-term commitment to public service makes me confident that you will listen to my concerns, even though the Governor Wentworth Regional School District is not within the boundaries of Senate District 20.

 

It is my understanding that the money for vocational renovations has been removed from the capital projects line in the Governor’s proposed budget for the next biennium. I am sure that this decision was not an easy one for Governor Lynch. While this decision has immediate ramifications for the Region 9 Career Technical Center in Wolfeboro, it also has long-term ramifications for our students, especially those you have targeted through the legislation which increases the age of compulsory attendance. By introducing and sponsoring this bill, I believe you clearly understood the ramifications of an untrained workforce.

 

When the Portsmouth Herald interviewed you in March of 2006, you stated that, “We’re not an agrarian society any longer. We don’t have the mills in Manchester where kids would be dropping out of schools in order to be working.” Our area of New Hampshire never had those mills in the first place. I believe it is vital for students living in rural areas to have the training they need to be self-sufficient and productive citizens. While our circumstance may be different, our needs are the same.

 

I would suggest that not supporting vocational centers will cause a greater hardship for the people of New Hampshire in the long run. As Governor Lynch has suggested, nearly 80% of prisoners in America are high school dropouts. It seems contradictory to close a correction facility while creating a situation that increases the likelihood of needing additional facilities.

 

During his term of office, the Governor has supported other vocational-technical centers by including monies for renovations in the capital budget.  In fact, Manchester received a great deal of money to renovate that center. I am sure that those monies were well spent helping your community educate vocational students and I would ask for your support as we urge the Governor to reconsider his proposal and fund additional renovations, especially since those schools slated to receive funds serve the neediest students of New Hampshire, those in rural communities.

 

I realize that these are difficult times. I realize that our elected officials will need to make difficult choices. However, surely this is not the time to be “penny-wise and pound foolish.” As a former school board member, I am sure that you realize that every New Hampshire student needs to receive a quality education. Vocational centers often serve the most disenfranchised students, those who might well drop out of school and become a financial burden on the State of New Hampshire.


When the Governor’s budget comes before the Senate for consideration, I urge you to restore the money for vocational school renovations. This could be done by including the monies in the bond for school building aid or by directing some of the federal dollars from President Obama’s Recovery Act to the renovations. Voters in Littleton and Governor Wentworth need this money to continue to make education meaningful for each child.  Please continue to support our vocational centers.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

John B. Robertson

Superintendent of Schools