Mountain climber holding flag. Text reads Derry Cooperative School District Forward Bound



In the 2023-2024 school year the Derry Cooperative School District will go through a restructuring process to be implemented in the Fall of 2024 in order to provide more continuity throughout the curriculum, build stronger teams of students and teachers, make more efficient use of the existing buildings, and eliminate costly repairs. 

Elementary School Closure:

On June 20, 2023, the Derry Cooperative School Board voted to close the Derry Village Elementary School effective June 30, 2024. The board came to this decision after receiving structural reports of the building that indicated extensive repairs were needed to the envelope of the building and the roof.  Combined with the restructuring of the 5th grade moving to West Running Brook, the Kindergarten through fourth grade students will be redistricted into the neighboring elementary buildings that are closest to their residence. Though other buildings have similar structural needs, Derry Village was chosen due to the centrality of its location making redistricting less impactful on the remaining schools. 

Image of aerial view of Derry Village Elementary School

Derry Village Elementary School 

(Closing June 30, 2024)

Building Realignment

For the 2024-2025 school year, the Derry Cooperative School District will be comprised of six school buildings in the following configuration:

Image of aerial view of East Derry Memorial Elementary School

East Derry Memorial 

Elementary School


Image of aerial view of Grinnell Elementary School


Elementary School


Image of aerial view of West Running Brook Middle School

West Running Brook 

Intermediate School


West Running Brook Intermediate School Presentation 8/22/2023 

Image of aerial view of Ernest P. Barka Elementary School

Ernest P. Barka 

Elementary School


Image of aerial view of South Range Elementary School

South Range 

Elementary School


Image of aerial view of Gilbert H. Hood Middle School

Gilbert H. Hood 

Middle School


Also housing DEEP PK3-PK4

Next Charter High School

Benefits of Restructuring: Embracing change and reimagining education brings several key advantages:

Timeline: Preparation for the restructuring has already begun by the district administration and staff.  Committees have been formed to address the following areas: Curriculum/Extra-Curricular Activities, Staffing, Redistricting, Transportation, Facilities, Special Education, and Transition Activities.  The linked document details the timeline for the restructuring process and major milestones.

District Restructuring Project Plan

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Parent and Community Involvement and Communication:

The Derry Cooperative School District is committed to engaging parents, guardians, and community members in the restructuring process.  Public hearings have been held throughout the 2022-2023 school year for citizens to express their ideas and concerns. Staff and parents are included in many of the restructuring committees.  The school board and administration continues to encourage parents to contact them regarding their thoughts regarding the restructuring process. Contact information for school board members can be found on the members page of the district website.  Each school board meeting provides an opportunity for delegates and individuals to come before the board and administration to provide input.  This page will be updated regularly to keep all stakeholders informed of meetings, events, and milestones as they occur within the process.