Highlights from LGC’s 71st Annual Conference

More than 550 local officials and staff from cities, towns, county government offices, and school districts across New Hampshire converged on the Radisson Hotel Manchester on November 14 and 15 for the New Hampshire Local Government Center's 71st annual conference, Sharing the Vision. The conference featured 53 sessions, 105 booths, a multitude of networking opportunities, a health and safety fair, and awards programs honoring outstanding local volunteers, advocates, and officials.

Keynote Address

Bullying in the Workplace

Many of us can remember the schoolyard bully who knocked books out of our hands and stole our lunch money. Thanks to RSA 193-F, Pupil Safety and Violence Protection, schools today have more tools to eliminate bullying. But what about bullies at work? What does their behavior look like? What are the implications for the employer? What triggers bullying behavior in the workplace? This article will examine bullying in the workplace, look at recent proposed legislation, and provide some guidance for employers wrestling with this issue.

They Made a Comic About Workforce Housing

How can you explain workforce housing to people without losing them halfway through?" asked Anne Duncan Cooley, executive director of the Upper Valley Housing Coalition. Anne has worked for years as a housing advocate and developed many successful education and outreach programs for a broad range of audiences. She is also on the Orford's selectboard and encounters another set of challenges when she is working on municipal matters. "We have to be experts in everything, understand many issues, and clearly communicate the concepts to the public.

Tech Insights: Technology is Primary at Plymouth Elementary School

When SAU 48 launched a building renovation project two years ago, Plymouth Elementary School principal Julie Flynn recognized an opportunity to expand and update the school's technology inventory.

"Technology has always been a priority at Plymouth Elementary School, and we've invested in equipment," Flynn said. "But it changes so rapidly that it's hard to keep up, and we found ourselves duct taping to keep things going."

SAU #19 Implements Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Strategies

By Marcy Bauers

School districts across the state of New Hampshire have each adopted a new policy in response to Governor John Lynch’s signing of the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act (RSA 193-F). The reenacted RSA required that the policy be in place no later than six months after the Act’s effective date of July 1, 2010.

New Hampshire School Children Getting Healthy by Eating Fresh, Local Food

New Hampshire school administrators, nutrition professionals, nurses, teachers and local farmers didn’t need a celebrity chef coming to town to get inspired to change the way our kids eat. With no film crew, no media buzz, creative people have been at work for years in New Hampshire to bring healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables into our schools, and they’re getting results.

Making Education More Accessible: The LGC Academy Expands Online Offerings

By Lynn Sperl

The LGC Academy offers a variety of courses in the following areas of study: Finance and Taxation; Governance; Health, Safety and Facilities; Human Resources and Schools. The following new online courses are now open for registration:

Eleven New Hampshire High School Students Awarded LGC Scholarships

Eleven high school seniors have each been awarded a $750 scholarship from New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) as part of its annual John B. Andrews Scholarship Program. The scholarships are funded with proceeds from LGC’s Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament and benefit children of New Hampshire municipal, school, county or village district employees and officials of any unit of local government that is a participant in LGC services.

Mass Termination in Rhode Island: Lessons for New Hampshire

As reported in the Providence Journal, the first two options were not feasible. Since the city has only one high school, closure was not possible. And taking over a failing school is not something charter or management organizations often want to take on. Originally, the teachers agreed to the third option, which would have meant more training and more time spent in and out of the classroom. But the two sides could not agree on compensation and other issues, leading the superintendent to recommend firing everyone. While the unions are fighting the move, U.S.

Bow High School Senior Seminar Gets Students Involved in Community – and More

There has been a great deal of discussion about today’s high school curriculum and how to be best preparing young adults for the 21st century and a global economy. Whether it be school-to-work opportunities, foreign exchanges, civics education or other programs, getting students involved in community seems to be a common theme. For the past 13 years, one high school in New Hampshire has quietly been getting seniors involved on the local level as a requirement to graduate.