There’s some good news coming out of the Manchester School District. It’s one of 4 3 3 in the U. S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Manchester earned the distinction for increasing the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses while also increasing the percentage of students earning at least satisfactory A P Exam scores. A statement released by the district said reaching these goals shows that Manchester is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for A P.
Since two thousand fourteen:
- Participation in the courses has increased by fifty percent
- The percentage of exams taken by black and Hispanic students who earned at least a satisfactory AP Exam score increased from seven percent to fifty percent and
- The total number of students earning at least a satisfactory on their A P exams went up from seventy five percent to eighty three percent.
This is district’s second time on the Honor Roll since two thousand fourteen. Oonly eight other districts in the state were recognized this year, including the Merrimack School District, which was the only other district in our listening area to be recognized. We’ve linked to all the details, including a complete list of winners, from this news read at Girard at Large dot com. Our congrats to all involved.
The public is invited to attend a Local Concerns Meeting tonight at 6:30 in the Manchester Public Works Building on Valley Street for discussion of two Rail Trail/ Bike and Pedestrian connection projects. The city’s consultant will be presenting information on the proposed projects with the goal of collecting public input on their ideas and concerns relative to the existing bike and pedestrian conditions along the project corridors. The two projects that will be discussed are the extension of the trail to the south from Gold Street to Perimeter Road and to the North from South Beech Street to the Riverwalk. Any questions or comments should be directed to Gregory Bakos at g bakos @ v h b dot com.
The Hooksett Budget Committee will meet tomorrow night at six thirty in the Town Council Chambers. On the agenda is a final review of both the town and school district budgets and various warrant articles headed for the ballot. There will be an opportunity for the public to speak both before and after the budget presentations. So, this is your last chance to influence the outcome.
Members of political minorities, or individual members of governing bodies, cannot be deprived of their right to access relevant, non-confidential information by political majorities. Likewise, members of political minorities cannot be relieved of their duty to the public they serve by the mere fact that a political majority fails to perform its duties in a diligent and intelligent manner.
Timberlane Regional School Board member Donna Green of Sandown has again gone to court to compel the school district to provide information she’s requested. Green has repeatedly asked for line item detail on the district’s default budget, which the administration has refused to provide and the board has said she doesn’t need. As state law requires those who vote approve a default budget to attest to its validity, Green’s seeking a Writ of Mandamus ordering the district to produce a copy of that budget, in a commonly used electronic file format, with the line detail, forthwith, meaning immediately. This ought to be fun to watch.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
Former Manchester Mayor Emile D. Beaulieu passed away on December 30th. He was eighty five. Beaulieu served in the Air National Guard from 1948 to 1968 and was activated during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis.
Beaulieu served two non consecutive terms as mayor during the 1 9 8 0s. He became mayor by defeating incumbent Mayor Dick Stanton in a Democratic primary in 1 9 8 1, after which he was defeated by Republican Bob Shaw, who served two terms. Beaulieu was elected mayor again in 1 9 8 7 after Shaw stepped down, beating Republican Raymond J. Wieczorek in a close election. Wieczorek would defeat Beaulieu in 1 9 8 9 in what was another hard fought, close election contest.
Beaulieu became a Republican in the nineties largely over social issues, notably Life, and ran for governor in the 1 9 9 8 Republican Primary, which included State Senator Jim Rubens and businessman Jay Lucas, who went on to lose the general election badly to incumbent Democrat Governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Prior to becoming mayor, Beaulieu was a state rep. and Manchester’s Commissioner of Welfare. Professionally, he founded, owned and operated Beaulieu Floor Covering.
He was involved in many volunteer activities, often focused on helping children and veterans. He was the founder and past-President of Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of Greater Manchester, served on the board of directors of the N H Employment Training Council and Child Health Services, a member of the American Legion Jutras Post Number 43 and New Hampshire Right to Life, among many others.
Beaulieu leaves behind his wonderful wife, of twenty five years, Laurette, five children, three step-children, 13 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m at Lambert Funeral Home at the corner of Elm and North streets. On the way to his ten A M funeral at St. Joseph Cathedral on Friday morning, his funeral procession will drive past City Hall, which is draped in palls, at about quarter to ten, to be honored by the city officials the public. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum on Goffstown Rd.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations may be made in his memory to two of the programs he was significantly involved with: Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of NH, 25 Lowell St., #201, Manchester, NH 03101, or to Easter Seals, 555 Auburn St., Manchester, NH 03103.
Manchester has lost a son who loved and served her. May he rest in peace.
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