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    Picture Retake Day is coming up on...

    Thursday, October 24th

    Parents, please call the office at 875-7500 to let us know your student is having their picture retaken or they missed the original picture day and we will make sure they are included on Thursday.  Also, please send in the original picture envelopes to return to the photographer, if applicable.





    2018 School Tax Rate Explanation

    The School Board is aware of questions that have arisen regarding the 2018 school tax rate.  Although 33 cents less than 3 years ago and 5 cents less than two years ago, the comparative rate to 2017 was difficult to understand.    

    In 2017 the school tax rate decreased substantially compared to prior years because the below events had impact in same year:

    1.     Lowerbudget/warrants 
    2.     Offset due to significant return of funds to Town from prior year budget savings
    3.     $135 million increase in valuation compared to previous years 

    Therefore, while the 2018 rate is reduced compared with 2015 and 2016, the dip in the tax rate and savings to taxpayers in 2017 was an anomaly.   

    Further explanation with a related tax history of 2015-2018 can be found at the SAU tab under “School Election, Warrant Articles, & Deliberative Sessions”.  Information about the proposed 2019-20 budget and warrant articles can be found at the same location.   








    ACS Parent Pick Up Procedure 2018/19


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    Alton Central School Families, 

    If you are not receiving ACS Sunday phone messages or school delay/cancellation messages, please be sure to contact Kathy Lagace or Sandy Flanagan in the main office ASAP to ensure proper delivery.

    (603) 875-7500


    Thank you.



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Principal's Corner


    Principal MacArthur



    John W. MacArthur, Jr.


    Alton Central School

    41 School Street

    Alton, NH  03809

    (603) 875-7500

    (603) 875-0380 (FAX) 

    Dear ACS Students, Parents, and Community Members,

    It is my honor to serve as the Principal of Alton Central School.  It is my continued goal to learn from and work alongside parents and staff to help improve and prepare our students to be active, educated, and productive citizens.

    My wife, Gina, and I live in Hooksett, NH. We love living in New England, and love spending our summers visiting the Seacoast area, most notably Portsmouth and the beach. We have one son; Jonah who just turned eight and is currently in the third grade.  My hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, making music, and anything automotive.  I also love to unwind by spending time in my kayak, travelling, and attending concerts.

    I am originally from Salem, NH. Both my parents are retired teachers, and my sister is also a teacher.  We joke that education is our family business!  I earned my undergraduate degree in music education from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. After graduating, I worked for three years in North Andover, Massachusetts at North Andover Middle School as a music teacher and band director.  In 2003, I accepted a position as director of instrumental music and music teacher at Milford Middle School in Milford, New Hampshire. During this time I helped build the music program, hosted and attended music festivals with my students, and chaired the NHMEA Southwest Music Festival.  Also, I earned my Master of Education in educational administration from Rivier College. This enabled my next career move to SAU#24 where I was assistant principal at Weare Middle School for four years.  Prior to my position here at ACS, I was the principal of Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, NH for two years.

    I am one who believes in respect, responsibility, and positive relationships both inside and outside of the school walls.  I truly feel that it “takes a village” and look forward to working closely with the students, staff, and Alton community!


    John W. MacArthur, Jr.


    Current Happenings at ACS:



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    Welcome Back Letter 2019




    School Board Reports 19-20

    School Board Reports 18-19