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SAU 19 announces participation in the NH Assistive Technology Initiative

Media Release:
11 School St., Goffstown, NH 03045 Tel: (603) 497-4818
Fax: (603) 497-8425
For Immediate Release

Brian Balke, Superintendent of Schools

December 8, 2016

SAU 19 is pleased to announce Goffstown and New Boston School Districts’ participation in the New Hampshire Assistive Technology Initiative (NHATI). NHATI is a knowledge-development, information dissemination and technical assistance project offered by the NH Department of Education Bureau of Special Education in partnership with CAST Professional Learning. The overall goal of NHATI is increase the implementation of effective practices to address NH students’ assistive technology needs in education. Mary Lane, NHDOE Educational Consultant, remarked, “This project is designed to continue our work in providing equity and access for all students in the state of New Hampshire.”

SAU 19’s application to participate in this two-year statewide project was accepted in November, allowing 14 educators across SAU 19 schools to participate. Our NHATI leadership group includes regular and special education teachers, speech language providers, media and technology specialists, behavior consultant and administrators. These dedicated and dynamic staff began their 2016-17 NHATI commitment this week by joining 7 teams from other districts and private providers, attending 2 days of professional development lead by members the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Leadership Team. We look forward to the enhancement of SAU 19’s organizational, material and structural capacities to better serve Goffstown and New Boston’s students.

Jennifer Gilliland appointed as Interim Special Education Facilitator



Media Release:                                                                                                            _______________________________________________________________________________

11 School St., Goffstown, NH  03045                                     Tel:  (603) 497-4818 

        Fax: (603) 497-8425

For Immediate Release


Brian Balke, Superintendent of Schools

Wendy Lambert, Chair – New Boston School Board

Date: August 25, 2016                                                  

The New Boston School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Gilliland as the Interim Special Education Facilitator at New Boston Central School for the 2016-2017 school year.  On August 24, 2016, the New Boston School Board unanimously appointed Jenn in this role.  Jenn began her career at NBCS after graduating from Rivier College and has been a Special Education Teacher for twenty years. As an educator she has provided highly-effective differentiated and specialized instruction for her students.

According to Principal Tori Underwood, “Jenn has always been a leader in our school.  She has shown a strong commitment to the students and families at NBCS.  She is well-respected by students, parents and staff.   I am confident in her skills and ability to provide leadership and guidance to the Special Education Team.”

Jenn is looking forward to her role as an administrator.  In addition to her continued support of students and their families, Jenn will provide professional development and mentoring opportunities for the staff.

Superintendent Brian Balke shares, “I have every confidence in Jenn’s knowledge, expertise, and leadership.  She is very capable and is excited to continue to serve the New Boston Community in this new role.”

CERT extends sincere thanks to local business and individuals

The Goffstown Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) wishes to extend a sincere thank you to those individuals and businesses that gave water, snack items and even opened their homes for use of the facilities during our recent deployment for the fire event at the Jutras Sign location.  CERT members were deployed to perform traffic control duties in multiple locations for several hours and the hospitality shown to our members who were deployed was heartwarming and is greatly appreciated.

While we all recognize that it is the firefighters and police who do the “heavy lifting” in these emergency situations, CERT members serve as a force multiplier and secondary responders so that first responders can concentrate on the highest priority tasks.  Having CERT’s efforts noticed and appreciated by the thoughtful community we serve is an especially nice bonus.

Thank you everyone!



Helene Bureau, Executive Director

Richard Nadeau, Public Information Officer

Goffstown Community Emergency Response Team


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