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    Dear Alton Central School Students, parents, staff and community,

    The Alton School Board has begun a very preliminary discussion regarding the possibility of renaming the Alton Central School.  The District’s Strategic Plan highlights the importance of community involvement in enriching the educational process.  The Alton School Board is interested to get feedback on the following question:

    Would you be in favor of renaming Alton Central School to the Alton Community School?  

    The two question survey also asks for an opinion as to where or not community members would be in favor of beginning to explore a new mascot for the elementary school.  In 2004, Alton Central School became a K-8 school when grades 9-12 moved to Prospect Mountain High School.  Is the time right for the elementary school to begin to explore finding a new mascot?  

    Please voice your opinion by completing the survey below; the survey will close March 23rd.  Your feedback will guide the Board in any further discussions they might have on these topics.


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    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.


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