Superintendents’ Message

April 2015


Welcome to SAU #53


Serving the school districts of Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, and Pembroke


Welcome to the SAU #53 website!  Take some time to explore and to learn about SAU #53 and the five districts it serves.  The five districts of Allenstown, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, and Pembroke provide the pre-K -12 educational experiences for approximately 3500 students.  Pembroke Academy provides the high school experience for the communities of Allenstown, Chichester, Epsom, and Pembroke, while students in the Deerfield community travel to Concord for their high school program.

On March 10, 2015, all five of our districts participated in a “Sharing Best Practices” Conference.  This conference was the sixth of its kind for SAU #53.  Faculty members from throughout SAU #53 presented to their colleagues on a variety of “best practices” that are utilized daily in their classrooms.  This day was designed to provide everyone with an opportunity to showcase the tremendous work they do each day on behalf of our students.  This was a fabulous way for our teachers to gain professional development that is meaningful and beneficial to their practice. The results of the evaluation survey conducted as a follow-up to our “Sharing Best Practices” Conference were extremely positive.  Teachers benefited tremendously from lessons learned and have already been able to apply their learning to daily classroom instruction.  We look forward to planning the 7th Annual “Sharing Best Practices” Conference during the 2015-2016 school year.         

With budget season behind us, we are pleased to announce that the FY16 budgets for all of our districts were approved by the voters in each district.  In these difficult economic times, we brought forward fiscally responsible budgets while still working to maintain the necessary funding to provide an excellent education for each and every student.  We will move forward in a positive manner and appreciate the support of our taxpayers.

All of the SAU #53 faculty, staff, and students have been busy during the second half of the school year.  Many initiatives are in full swing.  Educators in all of our schools are working collaboratively to help all students s they focus on data and results to guide their practice. We continue to foster a climate that supports continuous improvement. 

Our SAU #53 Leadership Team continues to meet monthly and we conduct “School Walks” in each of the buildings throughout the SAU.  To date, we have visited all 9 of the schools in SAU #53.  These “School Walks” have been a wonderful way to showcase each of our schools to all of the administrators.   We continue to be impressed with the wonderful educational opportunities available to our students and are appreciative of the quality education provided to each and every student in SAU #53.

With spring here, our schools will soon be holding end-of-year celebrations and events.  Before we know it, the 2014-2015 school year will come to a close and we will have completed our first year as Co-Superintendents serving SAU #53.  It is hard to believe that a year has gone by!

We invite you to get to know more about our schools and the achievements throughout SAU #53.  Please feel free to e-mail us at or or stop by our office and visit.  Our doors are always open!


Dr. Gail E. Paludi



Ms. Patty Sherman