North Country Education Services NCES

NCES in an educational service provider with membership from School Administrative Units 3, 7, 9, 20, 23, 35, 36, 58, 68, 77 & 84. Professional development, services such a psychological assessment, speech and occupational therapy, distance learning and a lending resource library are among NCES’ primary functions. (History 1/2 /who we are).

Development Center; Professional; Consortium; Board; Staff; Newsletters; TeachNorth;
Addresses: North Country Education Services, 300 Gorham Hill Road, Gorham, NH 03581, USA;
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History 2/2: … Mission: Promoting excellence in education for SAUs and their learning communities through cost-effective collaboration.


  • educational leader providing quality education service in response to needs
  • recognized as a source for high quality professional development and technology infusion
  • attract and build intellectual capital to address the needs of existing and future educational programs


  • North Country Education Services, first called North Country Education Services Foundation, (and then North Country Education Foundation) was established in September of 1969. It was the result of project “ARISE” which was a cultural arts project funded from 1966-1969.
  • The concept of NCEF was written by its first director, Victor Walton, and was started from Title III project monies. Title III monies came from Federal Legislation that provided the allocation of money for innovative projects which would not normally be undertaken by school districts.

NCES first opened its doors in North Conway for the purpose of providing:

  • 1.) In-service training for teachers;
  • 2.) Resources for improving human relations in the North Country;
  • 3.) Administrative training and services in order to build technology to improve education;
  • 4.) A central agency for the dissemination of information and materials.

Throughout the years, NCES has increased its services to meet the needs of the North Country. With the inception of Public Law 94-142 (Federal Act for free and appropriate education of all individuals regardless of handicap), NCES began to provide the North Country with special education services in a shared, cost-effective manner. Along with the expanding services, came the need for NCES to relocate. Our locations have been in Stratford Hollow, Gorham, Berlin and finally to its present location of 300 Gorham Hill Road in Gorham, New Hampshire.

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