Hudson School District Seeks Community Input for Strategic Plan

April 5, 2019



submitted by the Strategic Planning Committee

The Hudson School District has formed a Strategic Planning Committee to create a strategic plan for the future of education in Hudson.  This plan will establish the framework for a course of action that will direct the district’s work and progress over the next five years.  The committee is comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, community members, a town employee, and school board members.

The district is partnering with Mark Dolan of the New Hampshire School Boards Association to facilitate the strategic planning process which will include at least four committee meetings and several community input sessions.

The committee held its first meeting this past Saturday at the district’s SAU Building on Library Street.  After a highly productive session, the committee is excited for next steps and to reach out and connect with the larger community.

Your voice matters!  All Hudson residents are invited to attend an upcoming community input session where they will be asked questions that will help shape the priorities of the school district’s strategic plan.  The input sessions will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019: 9:00-11:00 a.m., Hudson Senior Center
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019: 3:00-5:00 p.m., Hudson Community Center
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Nottingham West Elementary

The core questions that will be covered at these input sessions include:

  • What are we doing really well as a school district? What excites you and makes you proud of our school district?
  • What are some of the challenges facing us that we need to address in the next 3-5 years? What can we do together as a community to begin to make this happen?
  • How do we ensure that all students are being well served in our district? What is the student’s role in his/her education?
  • Thinking toward the future (year 2030), what should learning environments in this district look like to ensure that students are prepared for the world once they graduate?

The Strategic Planning Committee thanks you for supporting your community and our students by sharing your thoughts and ideas around these questions at the upcoming public sessions.  “We are looking forward to hearing from the community,” said Superintendent Larry Russell.  “The feedback we get from this process will provide guidance on what the community believes our students need for a skillset to contribute to society for years to come.”

The committee will be presenting the final plan to the Hudson School Board for approval by June 30, 2019.

The strategic planning committee members are John Stevens, parent; Mark Dolan, facilitator; Lindsay Benson, community; Kevin Walsh, community; Kimberly Lawrence, parent; John Beike, Town of Hudson; Gary Gasdia, school board; Diana LaMothe, school board; Brian Taylor, parent; Amy Blackwell, elementary teacher; Mary Wilson, Assistant Superintendent,; Karen Burnell, Business Administrator,; Rachel Borge, Director of Student Services,; Steve Beals, high school administrator; Keith Bowen, middle school administrator; Gloria Hussey, elementary administrator; Joyce Coll, Director of Human Resources,; Larry Russell, Superintendent; Kyle Hancock, IT Director,; Holly Peregoy, middle school teacher; Lauren Marsden, high school teacher; and Sarah Gilliam, Chair, Portrait of a Graduate.