September 2017

Dover School Community,


The 2017-2018 school year is off to great start for the Dover School District. During the initial days of school, I have had the opportunity to meet staff and visit schools. I continue to be impressed with the positive energy of the faculty and staff. One can sense the faculty’s and staff’s overall pride and commitment. Mostly importantly, I sense a sincere care for students, one that extends beyond academics and encompasses caring for wholistic needs of all students.

I have also had the opportunity to meet parents and community members. I appreciate the warm welcome to the community, and your willingness to share your thoughts and observations with me. On Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Mayor Weston, City Manager Mike Joyal, and I will be hosting an open coffee at McConnell Center Café. It is an opportunity to share your thoughts and observations and to ask questions about the Dover Schools.

 I am still involved and committed to my Entry Plan. During my initial ten weeks, I have learned a great deal, but still have more to learn about the schools and the community. The Open Coffee will provide me another excellent opportunity to learn more about the Dover schools and community and I encourage you to participate.

The Dover Schools are in the process of developing a strategic plan which  will help to form and guide the future work of the District. The following is the time line for the completion of the Dover School District Strategic Plan:

  • September 2017
    • Work continues to identify and refine the strategies and indicators of success for the goal’s objectives.
    • The District Strategic Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 20, 6 p.m. at McConnell Center, Room 305.
  • October 2017
    • Small group meets to review and blend the work of school and SAU groups.
    • Leadership Team and SAU meets to review and refine drafts.
    • The District Strategic Planning Committee will meet in October to review and provide feedback on the initial draft.
  • November 2017
    • First reading by the Dover School Board. Board will provide feedback on the strategic plan.
    • Leadership Team and SAU makes refinements and revisions based on Board feedback.
  • December 2017
  • Second reading and adoption of the Dover School District Strategic Plan by the Dover School Board.

To date, the following are the goals and objectives of the strategic plan:

GOAL 1: The Dover School District will improve educational outcomes for students by effectively engaging with the broader community.

  • Objective 1.1 – Student Voice: We will enhance student voice by creating a student-driven environment that allows all students to have meaningful input and choice into their learning program.
  • Objective 1.2 – Student Support and Wellness: We will enhance support and wellness for all students through purposeful engagement in classroom and community based activities.
  • Objective 1.3 – College and Career Partnerships: For students to freely explore all post-graduation options, we will improve and expand out college and career network by strengthen existing partnerships and develop new Partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.
  • Objective 1.4 – Family Understanding and Participation: We will provide opportunities for diverse families to engage with the Dover schools using sustainable strategies to foster consistent and authentic two-way communication.
  • Objective 1.5 – Community Understanding and Participation: We will provide opportunities for diverse community stakeholders to engage with the Dover schools in shared problem solving and decision making.

GOAL 2: The Dover School District will develop and sustain a culture that is characterized by optimizing social, emotional, civic, physical, and rigorous academic learning.

  • Objective 2.1 – Social, Emotional, Physical: We will promote and support the overall health and well-bring of all students and staff.
  • Objective 2.2 – Student Engagement in Learning: We will maximize each student’s level and investment and engagement in learning.
  • Objective 2.3 – Student Achievement: We will optimize individual achievement by ensuring every student receives academic instruction that is culturally responsive and matched to development needs.
  • Objective 2.4 – Competency Based Education – We will optimize student learning and achievement by developing and implementing a competency based education model.
  • Objective 2.5 – Technology Integration: We will establish and sustain effective integration of technology into all aspects of the curriculum, teaching, and community.
  • Objective 2.6 – Technology Instruction: We will facilitate the student’s ability to critically evaluate information available through technology.
  • Objective 2.7 – Extracurricular and Co-Curricular: We will establish and sustain opportunities for all students to engage in a variety of healthy and productive extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

GOAL 3: The Dover School District is committed to continue investments in infrastructure to support student learning inclusive of facilities, technology, and safety-security.

  • Objective 3.1 – Facilities Maintenance and Development: We will provide, manage, maintain clean, safe, and adequate facilities to support student learning, effective instruction, and community engagement.
  • Objective 3.2 – Informational Technology Maintenance and Development: We will provide a robust technology infrastructure, support and training to facilitate a technology rich, collaborative 21st century learning environment.
  • Objective 3.3 – Safety and Security: We will commit to investing and supporting the safety and security for the wellbeing of all students and staff.

GOAL 4: The Dover School District will recruit, hire, develop and retain effective and caring educators and support them in their growth as strong community members.

  • Objective 4.1 – Recruiting and Retaining: We plan for and manage staff hiring, placement, turnover, and succession.
  • Objective 4.2 – Professional Development: We will cultivate continuous improvement of instruction and leadership capacities to increase student growth and achievement through individual and collective professional development.

Significant part of a strategic plan is the mission and core values. The following is the mission and core values that are being proposed:

  • Working collaboratively to empower all learners to become dynamic global citizens.


  • The core values are – A community that values: Diversity, Opportunity, Voice, Engagement, Rigor – (DOVER).

As I indicated in previous messages, I am interested in meeting with community members or community groups. If you would like to schedule a time, please contact the me at 603-516-6804.

In closing, I sincerely appreciate our families, faculty, staff, and administration for all your efforts in achieving a positive start to the school year for all our students.




William R. Harbron, Ed.D.