Candidate Profiles: Jaffrey-Rindge School District

  • An aerial view of Jaffrey from Conant High School. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Mike Dipasquale, Jaffrey-Rindge At large School Board Courtesy photo—

  • Marcea Gustafson-Belletete, Jaffrey-Rindge At large School Board Courtesy photo—

  • Bob Schaumann, Jaffrey-Rindge moderator Courtesy photo—

  • Jason Boyle, Jaffrey-Rindge At large School Board Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Patty Farmer, Jaffrey-Rindge Jaffrey School Board Courtesy photo—

Published: 3/11/2019 12:53:19 PM

Candidates for office:

* incumbents

At-large School Board

(one three-year seat)

Jason Boyle

Age: 41

Years living in town: 2.5 in Jaffrey (not continuously)

Previous elected office held: none

Other qualifications: I am a teacher and taught in the school district for 3 years. I am passionate about the health of our community and believe in the capabilities of our families. I am a parent.

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

We are living in a national education system that is not thriving. We need to know the history of how this system came to be and be brave in making the types of changes that bring people together. We seem to have forgotten that the purpose of our children is to learn to be the next generation of leaders and to be useful. The system we have now nurturers the apathetic and delinquent while putting the ambitious and brave on the back burner. We, as a nation, are geared towards feeding our young to the education debt system while the needs of our country go unaddressed. The solution is that we get more passionate as a society about the decisions being made on behalf of our youth. Electing people and hoping for the best will no do.

The only people that truly know what is happening the classrooms of JRMS and Conant, where I worked for 3 years, are the teachers and the students. I feel that kind of disconnect is unhealthy. Teachers have a lot to say that the people of Jaffrey-Rindge need to hear. Parents have legitimate concerns that are not being addressed. I am asking that the teachers and parents are given a platform at school board meetings. I am asking that our schools act as a center of hospitality for those that are passionate about the well being of our youth. If we have more eyes, ears, and voices from the professional and community leadership in our schools, the divisive nature of the system we have now will be organically replaced.


Age: 56

Years living in town: Jaffrey for six years, used to live in Rindge for two

Previous elected office held: none

Other qualifications: A supporter of the JRCSD schools for over 30 yrs; taught at Rindge Memorial School for 14 yrs (1986-2000); worked district-wide for 4 yrs. (2014-2018); director of a non-profit educational consulting organization responsible for raising and managing the organization’s budget, hiring & letting go of staff, and leading the direction of the organization; worked for a UK school district providing support in long and short term action planning, assessing effectiveness, and improving instructional practices in schools; self-employed consultant working with administrators and teachers, to increase the personalization and quality of learning in their schools; Charter School Board of Trustees for 4 years

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

Economy of Scale - Work Cooperatively to Give our Learners the best education we can, while doing it in the most economically responsible way that we can - Win-Win!

Schools exist as a way of ensuring our future economic, social and cultural success. In 1990, the SAU that was comprised of Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District and the Conval School District split. In order for Jaffrey and Rindge to best meet the needs of their students and ensure future success for students in both towns, they cooperated, keeping in mind that when we work together, we can achieve a greater success. I think we need to keep that in mind. I personally have experienced the power of the towns working together to help students from both towns succeed. As a school board member, I will value the cooperation of both towns and work to ensure that both towns give and receive that which is fair and equitable.

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ - Use our communities to broaden learning opportunities for our students.

‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is an old proverb that describes the importance of all community members being a part of the upbringing of its youth. While the JRCSD Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator, I had the honor of working with our high school learners to help them research and develop their personal and career interests through our local communities. As a school board member, I would promote the growth of this program and use of community members in an increased number of settings. This is important to both our learners and our future.

Michael DiPasquale

Age: 45

Years living in town: 12 in Rindge

Previous elected office held: none

Other qualifications: Parent of two students in the Jaffrey-Rindge School District

What are two issues you think are important and how would you address them?

The first issue is the need for community involvement in our kids education. We have a number of resources in the two towns including Franklin Pierce University which we need to tap into and learn what they can offer to our schools and our students. The other issue is the need for more vocational training. Not all of our kids are heading to college after high school. What resources do we have locally that we can use to give the students more vocational type training to help them prepare for the workforce.


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