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    A note from Superintendent Stiles: 
    The last day of school will be Thursday, June 20. 
    This will be an early release (12:30) for students. 
    8th Grade Graduation will be on Wednesday, June 19 at 6 PM.


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    ACS Mascott Survey that will be given to students.

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    Alton Central School Seeking “Mascot” Volunteers

    Recently, the Alton School Board voted to retire the Alton Central School Mascot “The Apache” and explore replacing it with one that is embraced by both students and the community in our ever changing and diverse society. We are seeking community members to serve on two different committees that will take a leading role in this change process.

    The first committee will be responsible for acknowledging and commemorating the history of the “Alton Apache” and the role it played in our community.  The group will brainstorm and develop ways to honor our past and connect our students to our “Apache Pride”.

    The second committee will be charged with determining a new mascot for the Alton Central School that will bring new life and connection to our K-8 student community and the community-at-large.  

    If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please go to no later than January 4.  Our goal is to have broad cohort representation; committee invitations for membership will be sent by January 7.  The first meeting will be held at the Alton Central School Library on Tuesday, January 15 at 6 PM.

    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.   








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    Scan this and see the latest and greatest tech tool in our students' hands! With support from IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) NH affiliate of the national organization, Mr MacDuff took on the design/build process and our I.T. Department, Aaron Miller and Drew Ingoldsby, calibrated and rev'ed 'r up! What is "it?" Well, download a QR code reader for your smart phone and see!

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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.


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