Sunapee Seniors to host candidates forum

The Sunapee Seniors will hold their annual Candidates Day meeting on Monday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All candidates for Sunapee school and town offices have been invited to present their views and qualifications. Election Day is Tuesday, March 11.

Also, at the Seniors meeting, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty and Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden will answer questions about town and school warrant articles and Director Mary Danko from Abbott Library will give a progress report on the new town library under construction.

If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 at the Sunapee Methodist Church.

Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

Sunapee, N.H. – Sunapee schools return to class after holiday vacation on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. For the school calendar and other school news, visit the SAU 85 website:

Tuesday, January 8

  • Girls / Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Concord Christian, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium, Route 11.
  • Middle School Geographic Bee, 7 p.m., Sunapee Middle High School, North Road.
Wednesday, January 9
  • School Budget Hearing, SMHS Library Media Center,  6 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting, SMHS Library Media Center, 7 p.m.
  • Sunapee Central Elementary School Band / Chorus First Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium (1/10/13 Emergency Date)

Monday, January 14

  • Boys JV / Varsity Basketball vs. Moultonborough, 5 p.m. / 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gymnasium

Sunapee school board will hold “meet and greet” for new principal

The Sunapee School Board has invited the public to meet Jodi Bergen, the new Sunapee Central Elementary School principal. The meet and greet will be held on Monday, August 20, at the Central Elementary School library, 5:30-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“All we will need is you and your family to make the event a success. This meet and greet is open to everyone; you do not need to have a child enrolled at the elementary school to attend,” says the SAU announcement. “We hope to see you there!”

Sunapee school board likely to fill vacancy in August

A vacancy on the Sunapee School Board will likely be filled on Wednesday, August 1, when the school board next meets.

At the June school board meeting, members discussed filling the vacancy, said SAU 85 Superintendent Brendan Minnihan. For the appointment, the board is considering recent school board candidates.

In May, Ed Bailey resigned from the school board because of employment requirements.

Now serving on the school board are Shaun Carroll (chair), Kim Denney (vice-chair), Brian Garland and Paul Skarin, who was elected in March 2012. The other school board candidates this year were Maria Fair, Michael Ripley and Paulette Rowell.

The board also discussed others options, appointing a former school board member or opening the position to all. However, the board is likely to appoint one of the school board candidates to complete the term, which will be up for election in March 2013, according to Minnihan.

As customary, the five-member school board will not meet in July. Meetings resume in August. They are held on first Wednesday of the month in the library media center at the middle high school on North Road.

The school board over-sees SAU 85 with an enrollment of 453 students (pre-school through grade 12, as of October 2011) and an operating budget of $10.7 million for 2012/2013.

Sunapee Schools: On the bulletin board

School Band and Chorus To Perform at Great East Music Festival

The Sunapee Middle School Band and Chorus are scheduled to perform at the Great East Music Festival in Westfield, Massachusetts, on May 25, 2012.

Middle high school music teacher Dana Pruett said the Middle School Band and Chorus will perform, while at the festival, for a panel of adjudicators at Westfield North Middle School during the morning hours. The adjudicators will then conduct a mini-clinic with each group, building on each ensemble’s strengths by offering practical ways to improve.

Following the performances the groups will travel to Six Flags New England for an afternoon of fun in the park.

“The middle school groups thank the Sunapee community for their support throughout the year,” added Pruett.

Other school activities and events: See below and view the Sunapee school calendar and home page.

  • Friday, May 18 ♦ Drop off items for Nature’s Classroom Yard Sale, 5-7 p.m., Sherburne Gym. (Please, NO computers, microwaves, stereo equipment, tires, clothing or stuffed animals.)
  • Saturday, May 19 ♦ Nature’s Classroom Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sherburne Gym, Route 11, Sunapee.
  • Wednesday, May 23♦ Sunapee Central Elementary School (SCES) Art Show, 5:30 p.m.> ♦ SCES Grade 5 Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., Sherburne Gym ♦ Sunapee Middle High School (SMHS) Art Show Opening and Reception, 6:30PM, SMHS Commons. (Art show will be on display through May 30.)
  • Thursday, May 24 ♦ SMHS Academic Awards, 5 p.m., Mount Sunapee Resort (Goosefeathers Pub), Newbury
  • Friday, May 25 ♦ Memorial Day Program, 8:30 a.m., SCES Flagpole
  • Monday, May 28 ♦ Memorial Day Observance – No School
  • Tuesday, May 29 ♦ SMHS Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., SMHS Gym
  • Wednesday, May 30 ♦ Prize Speaking for Grades 4 – 5, 6:30 p.m., SCES Library ♦ Prize Speaking for Grades 6 – 12, 7 p.m., SMHS Music Room

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

Sunapee Sports Awards at SMHS gym March 12

Correction: The Sunapee Middle High School Sports Awards will be held March 12, 2012, at the Middle High School gym, 10 North Road. Time: 6 p.m. See the Latest Sports Schedules via

Sunapee School District: On the bulletin board

School calendar notes

March 12, 2012 – Sunapee Middle High School Winter Sports Awards at the SMHS Gym, 6 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee School Board meeting, Sunapee Middle High School (Media Center), 7 p.m.

March 14, 2012 – Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization meeting, Sunapee Central Elementary School library, 6:30 p.m.

Voting and Election Day is March 13

Election Day and the second session of Town Meeting to vote on school (and town) warrants is Tuesday, March 13. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11.

The  school district’s Annual Report, which lists this year’s warrant articles, is now available at various locations around town and on-line at the SAU 85 website.

Four candidates are running for the Sunapee School Board. The five-member board has one position, a 3-year term, up for election.

Meet the candidates for the Sunapee School Board – Sunapee News

Dedication honors Judy Trow

Judy Trow, vice president of the Sunapee School Board, is retiring from the board.

The school district dedicated this year’s Annual Report to Trow.

Beginning with her leadership roles as a student at Sunapee High School, continuing through 20 years of dedicated teaching in the Sunapee School District and now concluding many years of active and enthusiastic service as  a member of the school board, Judy exemplifies the spirit of the small New Hampshire town that has been her home for all of her life. –  Sunapee School District 2011 Annual Report