I’m Wayne Goertel, and I’ve served Hooksett as a member of the Hooksett School Board since March, 2020. As a School Board Member, I’ve actively engaged families, staff, administration, and other community members to provide educational content and support services, doing so in a transparent and fiscally responsible manner.
I’ve been a Hooksett resident for over twenty years. I live here with my wife and two children: a second grade son and a daughter three years younger.
I previously served the town of Hooksett 2018-2020 on its Budget Committee, my second year as Vice Chair. The Budget Committee is elected to ensure the prudent appropriation of public funds. My experience with accounting and finance led me to produce materials to help the committee more easily find budget accounting lines that greatly exceeded past actual spending, particularly in the school budget.
I am a member of several excellent statewide organizations. The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire advocates, “Giving voters a voice by empowering elected school district officials to reclaim control over budgets and curriculum.” Right to Know NH advocates for legislation that increases government transparency and public access to government materials.
For over a decade I volunteered with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a hike leader and instructor. I served on AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter Executive Committee from 2009 to 2017, including roles as Vice Chair and Chair, representing 14,000 of AMC’s members. I helped shape our Chapter’s budget, ensured our volunteer activity leaders got the training they wanted, and supported AMC’s mission to help people enjoy and conserve our forests, mountains, and waterways.
Professionally, I am a software engineer, having both a Bachelor and Master of Science in Computer Science. I’ve developed computer software to support a variety of industries: accounting, manufacturing, customer service, radiology, finance, and trucking.
By providing excellent transparency into budgets and operations for the public, I believe we can increase fiscal responsibility while simultaneously increasing program quality for the benefit of our kids. My wife and I want an excellent education for our young children, but also understand you don’t have to break the bank to do it.