School Board

To watch school board meetings on ORTV, please click here.

ORTV can be found on ORTV Channel 95.

The Oyster River School Board was named 2023 School Board of the Year by the New Hampshire School Boards Association (NHSBA)!

Meet the Board

The school board is an elected body which oversees the operations of the school district at regular meetings and is responsible for the Annual School District Meeting, school district policies, and negotiated contracts with employee groups.

Questions concerning Board operations should be directed to the Superintendent of School at 868-5100 ext. 2002, and correspondence for the School Board can be sent to SAU #5, 36 Coe Drive, Durham, NH 03824 or by using the email address below.


School Board Members

Matthew Bacon, Chair

Madbury 2027
Renee Beauregard-Bennett At-Large 2025
Brian Cisneros Lee 2027
Denise Day At-Large 2026
Giana Gelsey At-Large 2026
Kelly Ickes Durham 2027
Heather Smith, Vice-Chair At-Large 2025
Maeve Hickok Student Rep 2023-2024


School Board

All Board Member Correspondence

School Board Goals

2022-2023 Final Approved Goals

A group photo with ORCSD School Board members in the Oyster River Middle School Concert Hall.

2023-2024 School Board members as of May 15, 2024. From the left: Kelly Ickes, Chair Matthew Bacon, Vice-Chair Heather Smith, Giana Gelsey, Renee Beauregard-Bennett, Brian Cisneros, and Denise Day.

A special thank you to 2023-2024 student representative Maeve Hickok

Student representative Meave Hickok is seen on the left accepting a bouquet of flowers from School Board Chair Matthew Bacon during her last board meeting in June 2023.

“Maeve Hickock has been a tremendous part of the Oyster River School board. She comes to every meeting with a positive attitude and her insight and experience as a student have been invaluable to us.”

- Matthew Bacon

ORCSD School Board Chair