Posted 5/15/12

This blog entry contains the communications between Goffstown resident Ben Hampton and Superintendent Stacy Buckley regarding the Request for Proposals issued by the school district in search of a consultant who supposedly will shed light on the problems at Mountain View Middle School.  It also contains Professor Hampton’s resume so you can judge for yourself whether or not he’s qualified.  We’ll gladly accept your comments below.  Thanks!

May 12, 2012


Benjamin H. Hampton

1B Hackney Court

Goffstown, NH 03045

Mrs. Stacy Buckley, Superintendent of Schools

Goffstown School District

11 School Street

Goffstown, NH 03045

Dear Superintendent:

In response to your comment in The Union Leader of May 12 2012, “…Buckley said that if Hampton wishes to be considered as a consultant, he is welcome to forward his resume and a proposal, and the district will factor that into its final decision….” I am making a formal request for the RFP for the MVMS study plan that has been referred to in the School Committee minutes of April 2 and April 14, 2012. You may submit the document to the address above.

Upon receipt of this document, I will forward my resume and proposal to address the items you had outlined in your report to the School Committee of May 12, 2012. I quote from these minutes, “…Superintendent Buckley reviewed the proposed MVMS Study Plans and timelines. Mrs. Buckley stated the intent of the MVMS study is to bring a consultant led team of school leaders, instructional personnel and educational constituents together to form a comprehensive study for which facts and data will be measured. Mrs. Buckley stated the mission is to create an educational environment that provides students, faculty, staff, and the community with rigorous educational opportunities, a positive culture and climate, and an exemplar for other middle schools….”


Looking forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely yours,




Benjamin H. Hampton

Adjunct Professor, Manchester Community College


Buckley’s Reply



RE: Letter requesting RFP for MVMS Study


5/14/2012 8:28:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time


Reply To:




Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to complete the study at MVMS. I have attached the outline of the proposal as provided to other vendors.

I would be looking for submittal of the following:

A detailed document of how you would propose this study happening. This should include details of how you would gather data that we currently do not have- which can be identified in the proposal.

Copies of resumes of all people who would be involved in the study.

Background of your firm and experiences in providing similar studies. Any copies of studies done previously would be helpful as well.

Experiences in Middle School and knowledge of exemplar middle school expectations and outcomes.

Any costs associated with the study.

Anticipated timeline for completion of the study and the follow up work with the committee.

Experiences of your firm in working with teams to establish a plan for the recommendations and follow up work with the committee.

The SAU would need to be in receipt of your proposal prior to the end of the work day on Wednesday for us to consider your proposal. We have been working on this portion of the process and are expecting to bring a proposal to the school board on Monday.


Stacy Buckley

Superintendent of Schools

SAU #19




Re: Letter requesting RFP for MVMS Study


5/14/2012 8:53:39 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time


Reply To:



Good morning, I thank you for the this, I will be back in contact with you by the deadline indicated, thank you, Ben Hampton




1B Hackney Court, Goffstown, NH 03045 (603) 624-2060

EDUCATION: Master of Education Degree, Keene State College, Keene, NH

24 Graduate Credits Completed, beyond the Masters at Keene State College, Keene, NH.

28 Graduate Credits completed for a CAGS degree, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (minor in Government), University of Miami, Miami, FL

Deans List Senior Year




& NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Manchester/Stratham, NH 2000 – Present

Adjunct Professor

Ø Teach courses in Personnel Management, Principles of Management, Human Resource Management (Graduate and Undergraduate); American Experience; Civil War; Critical Thinking; Human Relations; Labor and Management; Supervisor of Student Teachers; Teacher Certification Courses; Western Civilization from 3500 BCE to the present; American History from 1600 to the present; Senior Liberal Arts Seminar; designed, developed and taught new courses on Civil War History

Ø Trained in the Blackboard and Ecollege system of distance learning (internet based). Designed, developed and taught courses on the internet.




Ø Taught grades seven and eight responsible for all curriculum material used.

Ø Updated Social Studies curriculum being used by grades K – 8, updated position of team leader to make this position more responsive to needs of team.

Ø Chief Union negotiator for teachers’ union. Convinced administration on the benefits of Interest Based bargaining for the new contract.

Ø Served as a mentor for a new staff member and as Team leader (7 people) responsible for coordinating curriculum, discipline and school related issues.


SANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS, Sanford,  1996-2000

Business Administrator

Ø Developed, presented and monitored a $22 million budget that won approval at first presentation.

Ø Devised a long-range facilities plan for building use based on enrollment projections including facilities maintenance plan and cost estimates for projects.


BELLINGHAM PUBLIC schools, Bellingham, MA 1994-1995

Director of Business Administration (Interim)

Ø Developed a “state of the art” computer-training site to be located in a section of an old school.

Ø Oversaw the complete rehabilitation of the building including structural analysis, asbestos removal, new heating and ventilation system, new wiring and electrical upgrades and constructing of new classrooms and offices.

Previous positions included: Business Administrator School Administrative Unit # 41, Hollis NH (1993-1994); School Business Administrator School Administrative Unit # 19, Goffstown NH (1990-1993); Business Administrator Peabody Public Schools (1988-1990); Business Administrator Mansfield Public Schools (1983-1988); Business Administrator Westport Public Schools (1981-1983); Business Administrator Avon Public Schools (1980-1981); Teaching Principal, Westmoreland Elementary School Grades 1 to 8 (1979-1980); 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Keene Junior High School (1978-1979); and Grades 6 – 8 Social Studies Teacher, St. Patrick’s School (1975-1978);


ARTICLES: Distance Education Is it for Everyone? Pedagogy Journal 2007, New Hampshire Community College System.


Completed Work Shop on ECollege Internet based training program – Franklin Pierce College, Concord, NH

Completed Training Course on Internet based training program and SoftChalk – New Hampshire Community Technical College, Concord, NH

Accounting and Investment Principles

Negotiations Seminars

School Law Workshops

Workshops dealing with disciplining employees

Workshops dealing with compliance with ADA rules and regulations



Goffstown Budget Committee – Chairperson 1 year

Association of School Business Officials

New Hampshire Society Sons of the American Revolution – Historian, Past

State President, State Secretary, First Vice President, Member New England Contingent Living History Group

Sons of Confederate Veterans

Town of Goffstown Ethics Policy Study Committee



Superintendent of Schools New Hampshire – Last held 2009

Business Administrator for New Hampshire – Last held 2009

Social Studies Educator for New Hampshire – Last held 2009

Teachers Certificate Massachusetts Business Administration, Secondary Principal &  Social Studies permanent certification


REFERENCES: Professional References Available upon Request


1. Living History Presentations Revolutionary War & Civil War Era in period accurate clothing from 2003 to the present:

· Gate City VA, Elementary, Middle & High School Students.


· Greenland NH, Elementary School.

· Cutler Elementary School, Swanzey, NH.


· Beaver Meadow Elementary School, Concord, NH.


· Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH. Constitution Day Programs.


· Manchester Community College, Manchester, NH. Civil War era presentation.


· Franklin Pierce University, Revolutionary War Presentation. Concord, NH.


· Granite State Distance Learning, Concord, NH. video casts to schools in NH. & NJ.


· Newport, NH. Old Home Days.


· Lempster, NH. Old Home Days.


· Hopkinton, NH. Town Wide 4th of July Celebration.


· Goffstown, NH. Old Home Days.


· New Hampshire Society Sons of The American Revolution, guest speaker on Constitution Day.


· John Stark Day Ceremonies’; Concord, Manchester, Dunbarton, NH.


· 250th Anniversary Celebration, New Hampshire National Guard, Manchester, NH.


· Participate/Lecture at the Gettysburg Commemoration weekend Activities, Gettysburg, PA.


· Emcee for various New England Contingent, Sons of The American Revolution color guard, at their living history presentations and events around New England