About Projects

Projects are a collection of communication elements on this site and allow Keene School District to gather public input using a variety of channels - Forums, Discussions, Meetings, and Surveys. Weigh-in on a larger initiative in your community by participating in an online Project.

The vision of SAU29 is to meet and sustain a high and measurable standard of achievement and personal development for all students. SAU29 realizes that to achieve this vision there are a few priorities we need to cohesively and coherently work on together this year, and for the next five years. These priorities are mapped out in our Strategic Plan.

The development of this plan reflects the efforts of teachers, parents, community members, school board members, principals, and administrators. SAU29 is excited at how well this plan prepares our schools to serve every child and prepare our students for life after high school graduation. SAU29 does realize that we are incorporating national trends into our plan. However, our SAU is doing so at our own speed, in our own way, so that we keep ownership of the process, because we know our students best.

Every school and staff member will be a part of this plan. SAU29 is excited to harness all our combined energy and efforts to help our students.

The Keene Elementary Restructuring Project has been five years in the making - and from the beginning it has been about life safety and cost savings.

Why is it about life safety?

The focus of the Elementary Restructuring Project is to ensure that the facilities plan brought forward ensure that Keene's elementary school facilities meet life safety codes, have adequate space to carry on existing educational programs, be equitable in class size and opportunity, and have space designed to accommodate future enrollment bubbles. For a full list of all life safety upgrades, that are necessary in each building, please see the 2012 Findings and Recommendations publication available for view below.

Why is it about cost?

The Keene School District is facing serious funding challenges. While per-student expenditures are in line with NH averages at Keene High School and just slightly above average at Keene Middle School, over the past ten years Keene's elementary school costs have been 24-40% higher than state averages - and now our community is not guaranteed adequate state funding.

How can we solve funding issues moving into the future?

At a special meeting on November 19, 2012, the Keene Board of Education voted 5-4 to pursue the restructuring of Keene's elementary schools. The District would be restructured, so that Jonathan Daniels would close as an elementary school, but re-open as a Pre-School and Administrative Office, while the four remaining elementary schools: Franklin, Fuller, Symonds and Wheelock, would continue to educate Kindergarten through 5th grade.

The goal is to maintain the educational programming we value most, while reducing operating costs by an estimated $570,000 per year after the cost of the bond.

On the evening of January 14, 2014, in the KHS Auditorium, the Keene School Board of Education led a Public Hearing to discuss the six articles which would be present on the warrant to be voted on in March. The discussion was based primary around the proposed Elementary Restructuring Bond, the general 2014-2015 Operating Budget, and the proposed KEA Contract. The presentation, which can be viewed and downloaded below, was followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions and voice concerns.

You still have an opportunity to express your opinion and ask questions! Join the discussion and add comments.