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The Bridgewater, Hebron, and Groton Planning Group have been holding weekly meetings with the Steering Committee on Wednesdays starting August 23, 2023 and these are ongoing at this time to discuss the planning since HB349 was signed into law.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:00pm at the Bridgewater Town Hall. All residents are encouraged to attend.
They have also created a website to allow for greater communication with the public. This will be a repository for future information and data.
ATTENTION GROTON RESIDENTS
DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A MORE CONTROLLABLE TAX RATE AND BETTER EDUCATION?
THEN JOIN US FOR A FACTUAL CONVERSATION REGARDING HB349 AND THE NEW POTENTIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7:00pm
(at the beginning of the Select Board Meeting)
The Groton Town House
754 North Groton Road
Groton, NH 03241
ALL RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!!
MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE MEETINGS
LL-HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE MEETINGS
The Town will begin working on updating the All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are working with Mapping and Planning Solutions (MAPS) to update the current plan to include any changes that have happened since the plan was last updated. These meetings will be taking place via Zoom Meetings. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.
The following are the upcoming meetings:
Tuesday, October 4, 2023 at 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 4:00pm
NH BROADBAND INFORMATION
OF THE CHECKLIST MEETING
SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST MEETING
The Supervisors of the Checklist for the Town of Groton will hold a session to make additions and corrections to the checklist. This is the last opportunity for voters to change party affiliation before the presidential primary.
Date: Friday, October 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Town House, 754 North Groton Road, Groton, New Hampshire
***Please note: anyone wishing to register to vote for the first time in New Hampshire must provide proof of citizenship. Examples are birth certificate, valid US passport or Certificate of Naturalization. A driver's license is NOT proof of citizenship.Groton Supervisors of the Checklist
Gina Rescigno, Virginia Parker, Pamela Hamel
Funding Available for
Good Land Stewards
CRIMINAL ACTIVITY WARNING FROM CHIEF BAGAN
With the summer season upon us there has already been a report of unlocked vehicles pilfered overnight. Please be diligent keep your vehicles locked when unattended where ever you are, it doesn’t take long for an opportunistic bad guy to take advantage. If you see anything out of the ordinary, a person or vehicle that seems out of place please call the local police department.
Chief of Police
Groton Police Department
FOR EMERGENCY CALL 911
Twin States Clean Energy Link
Twin States Clean Energy Link
Twin States Clean Energy Link will be hosting an open
house in Hebron at the Union Congregational Church, 16
Church Lane, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from
5:00pm-7:30pm. Feel free to attend to learn more about the
project, ask any questions and meet the project experts.
Twin States Clean Energy Link will be hosting an open house in Hebron at the Union Congregational Church, 16 Church Lane, on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Feel free to attend to learn more about the project, ask any questions and meet the project experts.
Twin States attended the Groton Select Board
meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Please click below to view
their presentation and their fact sheet.
Twin States attended the Groton Select Board meeting on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Please click below to view their presentation and their fact sheet.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HB349
**UPDATE AS OF 8/8/23 THIS BILL HAS PASSED**
House Bill 349 Establishing a Special Purpose School District for Bridgewater, Hebron and Groton
The Governor will soon sign HB 349 into law. This law is called enabling legislation. It grants legal authority to the Towns of Bridgewater, Hebron, and Groton to withdraw from the 7-town Newfound Area School District and establish our own 3-town school district based on a K-8 model.
The creation of our new school district is contingent upon a majority vote in each of our 3 towns at our 2024 annual town meetings. If our voters approve, the effective operational date of our new school district is July 1, 2025.
This bill received widespread bi-partisan support in the legislature. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate. All three state senators representing the 7-town Newfound Area School District voted in favor and voiced strong support in committee hearings.
Such widespread legislative support confirms this is an excellent concept and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve education outcomes for our children. Moreover, a smaller tight-knit school district allows greater voter input and control over education costs and curriculum, and shorter bus rides for Groton’s students. Sometimes smaller is better.
The new law sets out a series of sequential steps over the next two years culminating in the July 1, 2025, operational date of the new school district.
The first step requires our select boards to appoint a withdrawal committee to begin administrative planning for the new district prior to the 2024 withdrawal adoption vote.
This committee will create a draft school budget and coordinate high school tuition agreements, superintendent services, and activities. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to parents and citizens prior to the withdrawal vote.
The next step takes place at our 2024 annual town meeting. After the vote by the 3 towns to adopt the provisions of this act, the State Board of Education issues a “certificate of withdrawal” from the Newfound Area School District.
After the withdrawal vote, follow-on steps include a special election for a new 3-town school board and budget committee. The act requires new school board members and district officers to organize promptly “to take any action necessary to carry out the provisions of this law.”
An informed citizenry makes their communities better. Our select board will strive to provide you with the knowledge and resources to help you help our community make this new and exciting educational opportunity for our children a reality.
As the process evolves, our selectman plan to hold “face-to-face” meetings to update you on progress, answer questions, and listen to feedback.
As noted from the outset, our vision is simple: we aspire to improve educational outcomes for our children with an innovative alternative to a traditional Middle School. We strive to do this by fulfilling the provisions of this act to establish our own 3-town school district and reconfiguring the Village District School to a K-8 model.
A smaller tight-knit school district allows greater voter control over education costs and our citizen’s tax burden. It also allows for more intimate input over curriculum and administrative policy, and shorter bus rides for Groton’s students. As noted above, sometimes smaller is better.
For more information on HB 349, please review the following position papers linked here:
John Rescigno, Tony Albert and Ron Madan
Town of Groton
There is a current scam going on in the area where someone will call the house pretending to be a family member that has been arrested. Someone will get on the phone representing themselves as an attorney or some other official to make arraignments to pick up cash bail money. ALLWAYS verify directly with the arresting agency identified. Bail normally is posted at the location of incarceration or at the court of jurisdiction. Attempt to contact the family member in question and always notify your local police department.
FREE COVID TESTS
If anyone needs a COVID test, the Emergency Management Director and the Deputy Director put some on the table at the Town House inside the door. They are free so please help yourself!
HEBRON FIRE RECRUITMENT
HEBRON FIRE RECRUITMENT
Hebron Fire provides services to the Town of Groton and they are looking for firefighters. Click here to view the recruitment poster. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter they could use your help!!
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM
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