Superintendent's Bulletin



Salvatore H. Petralia

Superintendent of Schools – SAU 50

March 2018


To improve the personal, social and academic growth of every student over time.

  The Superintendent’s Bulletin will be posted on the third Friday of each month and is available on our website. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide relevant information pertaining to each of our school districts across the SAU. Please read the bulletin and use it to remain updated on district news.

Town Elections

On March 13, 2018 citizens in Greenland participated in their annual school district elections.  Residents in Greenland supported Article 1, the Operating Budget, appropriating $10,880,638 for FY 2019.  In addition voters approved Articles 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 for various expendable trust funds.

On March 13, 2018, voters in Rye overwhelmingly supported Article 1, appropriating $14,000,230 for the FY 2019 school district operating budget.

On March 13, 2018, at the New Castle Annual School District Meeting, citizens voted in favor of Article 1, appropriating $2,202,921 for the Operating Budget.  In addition, voters approved Article 2, appropriating $34,700 to be placed in the Tuition Expendable Trust Fund.

On March 17, 2018, Newington voters at the Annual School District meeting supported Article 1, appropriating $2,249,905 for the FY 2019 school district operating budget.  In addition, voters approved Articles 2, 3, and 4 providing appropriations to the Special Education Trust, Buildings & Grounds Expendable Trust and to the Tuition Trust Fund.

I would like to thank the citizens of each town for taking the time to vote, particularly given the weather conditions on Election Day and for supporting the school districts’ operating budgets and associated warrant articles.

School Board Elections

Congratulations to Greenland School Board Member John Balboni, Rye School Board Member Debra Crapo, and Newington School Board Member Chris Russo on being elected to their positions.

School Safety and Security

As mentioned in a previous Bulletin, school safety and security remains a top priority across our entire SAU.  This is shared among our elected school board members, representatives from law enforcement, school administrators, teachers, and support staff.  I want to thank the various individuals, including parents, staff, and community members, who have shared their concerns about the safety and security of our campuses.  We will continue to closely monitor our security measures and protocols in an effort to address concerns and to consider recommendations that are brought forward.  The next section of this Bulletin describes key funding that our schools will receive to enhance our safety and security measures across each of our districts.

Public School Infrastructure Fund

The Public School Infrastructure Fund was established in RSA 198:15-y. The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) appropriated $18,760,000 to public schools to expend for fiber connections to schools; addressing life and safety deficiencies at schools; and improving security in schools.

The following is a summary of grant applications for each of our districts in SAU 50.  The Department of Education will fund 80% of the grant award and the remaining 20% will be funded by the Operating Budget in each district as approved by each local school board.


1. Access Control/Proximity Card System - Approved for $46,595
2. Exterior Speaker System - Recommended for $807
3. Additional Cameras - Recommended for $36,000
4. Door Safety - Pending Funding for $17,230
5. Audio/Video Intercom - Pending Funding for $7,195


1. Cameras/Alarms/Window Film - Recommended for $64,550

New Castle

1. School Security Upgrades - Recommended for $42,808


Rye (E): Keyless Entry Alert - Recommended for $80,093

Rye (JH): Enhanced Security - Recommended for $70,041 

Rye School District – Water Testing

The most recent results for both Rye Elementary and Rye Junior High School can be found using the links below.

Rye Elementary School:

Rye Junior High:

Clipper Foundation Awards

The Clipper Foundation recently announced the grant application awards during the recent grant application cycle and I am pleased to recognize the following SAU 50 staff members who were awarded funding: 

  • Lori Bromley & Heather Jenkins (Greenland) Moving Students into 21st Century Learning

  • Beth Sommers (Greenland)  Tinker Town / STEAM Collaboration

  • Jenn Bell (Maude H. Trefethen School)  Global STEAM Collaboration

  • Sheila Adams (Rye Junior High School)  Sea-Faring Vessel

The Clipper Foundation will hold its annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 28th, 5:00 PM at Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth.  Congratulations to our SAU 50 staff for their awards!




SAU 50 Joint School Board Meeting – Greenland Central School

6:30 PM


New Castle School Board Meeting – Maude H. Trefethen School

6:00 PM


Newington School Board Meeting - Newington Public School

6:00 PM


Greenland School Board Meeting – Greenland Central School

6:00 PM


Rye School Board Meeting – Rye Junior High

4:00 PM


Secondary School Advisory Committee Meeting – Portsmouth High School


5:00 PM


New Castle School Board Meeting – Maude H. Trefethen School

6:00 PM


Newington School Board Meeting - Newington Public School

6:00 PM


Rye School Board Meeting – Rye Junior High

5:00 PM


Greenland School Board Meeting – Greenland Central School

6:00 PM


SAU 50 Joint School Board Meeting – Maude H. Trefethen School

6:30 PM




Salvatore Petralia

Superintendent, SAU 50


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