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After an impressive showing in preliminary rounds, the HBHS AP Government students wowed judges and won the We The People state competition. This is the third time HBHS has won in the last five years.
The competition covers six units all pertaining to the Constitution and asks students a collection of questions to test their knowledge. Our students won five of the six units in addition to the overall crown.
The 15 students that represented HBHS were so impressive that they were encouraged to travel to Washington, D.C. for We The People Nationals in April.
To All Members of SAU 41 and the communities of Brookline and Hollis NH:
From SAU 41 Superintendent Andrew Corey:
At the May meeting of the SAU 41 Governing Board, I provided my resignation as Superintendent of Schools effective June 30, 2025. This extended notice was designed to provide the Governing Board with ample time to plan for my departure. This has been an extremely difficult decision. I have enjoyed my nine years and look forward to moving the SAU forward during the remaining two years of my tenure. I want to thank all the Board members (past and present), administrators, teachers, staff, and community members who have made my stay so enjoyable.
Board members at the June Special Meeting of the SAU 41 Governing Board deliberated and voted unanimously to appoint Gina Bergskaug as the successor Superintendent of Schools for SAU 41.
Gina Bergskaug earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Secondary Education from Boston College, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. She began her teaching career in Massachusetts before moving to Brookline, New Hampshire to teach chemistry and create the AP Chemistry program at Hollis Brookline High School. While at HBHS, Ms. Bergskaug co-founded and co-directed Science Olympiad in the state of NH for six years. For seven years, she served as a national science teacher mentor for the New Teacher Center. In 2007, she was inducted into the Aula Laudis Society by the American Chemical Society. She was awarded the Siemens Advanced Placement Teacher Award for the state of NH, as well as the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Since 2013, Ms. Bergskaug has served on the national selection committee for PAEMST as a panel chair. She has served as an instructor of leadership and STEM courses for Dominican University. Ms. Bergskaug served as a member of the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School Board for over three years while working as a school administrator at Nashua High School North. In 2016, she was named the Assistant Superintendent of SAU 41.
In the role of Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Bergskaug has consistently served the SAU through countless complex and difficult situations. Specifically, she successfully negotiated multiple contracts with support staff and professional teachers’ unions across the SAU; has supported Boards to navigate pandemic era changes and coordinate the use of ESSER funds to adjust salaries for hourly employees; formalized the teacher mentoring program and increased supports for new teachers; worked with a variety of stakeholders to successfully revamp the state-approved professional development master plan; and coordinated the successful hire of a majority of our administrators over the last seven years. In the area of curriculum, she has worked with staff and administration to ensure that the curriculum is posted and available to the community, and she has led the staff through district-wide program reviews for math, language arts, and social studies.
While Ms. Bergskaug is extremely proud of her professional accomplishments, she is most proud of raising four incredible children, all of whom are students in the Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District.
Ms. Bergskaug will work closely with me over the next two years to ensure a smooth transition into the role effective July 1, 2025.
From the SAU 41 Governing Board:
We are very appreciative of all that Superintendent Corey has done for students, staff, and community members. And, while sad when considering the loss of his leadership and friendship, we are equally happy that we have such a worthy successor, Gina Bergskaug, coming from within our community and SAU. Andy Corey’s leadership has included the creation of an extremely competent and accomplished leadership team. Our administrators have earned accolades on local, state and national stages. Our families, our staff, and especially our students can anticipate a smooth transition and continuing excellence in our school districts.