New Hampshire Dropout Prevention Summit

Summit Location:      
The Grappone Center
70 Constitution Ave.
Concord, New Hampshire 03301



  • The Governor’s Summit on High School Graduation was convened in partnership with The State Board of Education, the New Hampshire Department of Education and Governor Lynch’s Office with a goal of zero dropouts by the year 2012. This was the second dropout prevention summit held by Governor Lynch in two years.
  • Highlights of the day included presentations by the Vice Chair of the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, John Bridgeland of Civic Enterprises describing economic, educational and community factors regarding the dropout crisis, the Department of Education released the state dropout prevention plan and various workshops from best practices across the state.
  • The afternoon session focused on five regional breakout sessions which focused on developing an outline of a preliminary regional graduation plan.

Summit Planning Team:

Governor’s Office : Governor John Lynch, Katja Fox (Special Assistant for Policy) and Colin Manning (Press Secretary).

The REL, Regional Education Laboratories, Northeast and Islands provided support and sponsorship of this summit.


NH’s America’s Promise Alliance Affiliates including:

  • NH Jobs for America’s Graduates
  • NH School Administrators Association
  • NH Association of Secondary School Principals
  • NH  Lodging and Restaurant Association
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua
  • NH Bar Association
  • NH Catholic Charities
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kiwanis International
  • March of Dimes
  • Courtyard by Marriot
  • Manchester Police Athletic League
  • Salvation Army (Kids Café)
  • United Way
  • Business and Industry Association
  • YMCA

State agencies  including NH Department of Education (Commissioners’ Office, Division of Instruction, and Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning), NH Health and Human Services (Division of Children, Youth and Families, Division for Juvenile Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drug Services,  Bureau of Behavioral Health, and  Division for Financial Assistance),  Department of Safety, Department of Corrections, University System of NH (including Institute on Disability), Community College System,  and Workforce Opportunity Council (state workforce board).

Youth participated through representatives from Manchester Mayors Youth Advisory Group and Youth Voices, a subcommittee of the State Youth Council. Youth from Project Pride will participate.

Corporate representatives including Jim Roche, President of the state Business and Industry Association, and Fred Kocher, business news commentator for WMUR-TV and NH High Tech Council.

Additional educational leaders including representatives from NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation, NH School Principals Association, NH Superintendents Association, and NH College and University Council.

Nonprofit partners  including NH-Jobs for America’s Graduates, Plus Time, Girls Inc., YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, My-Turn, Inc. and Early Learning NH.

State Legislators and other elected officials including respective Chairs and members of the House and Senate Education Committee and Health and Human Services Committee as well as locally elected officials such as Mayors and County Commissioners.

Other important sectors represented including foundations and NH Center for Public Policy and media.


New Hampshire's Dropout Prevention Action Plan