John J. StoneJohn J. Stone
Rindge Memorial School
Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District
Rindge, New Hampshire

To John Stone, a school without community involvement would be “like a deserted island where nothing happens.” Parents and community members “need to see themselves as members of our educational team,” he says. Stone assumed the principalship of Rindge Memorial School in 1996. Nearly 25 percent of the Pre-K-5 school’s 400 students live in low-income households. Stone has reduced student behavior problems at his rural school through a proactive approach to discipline that includes involving parent volunteers in the school’s behavior programs. Setting schoolwide “skills for living” themes each month has helped motivate students to demonstrate prosocial and productive conduct. Stone also has partnered with parent volunteers and community organizations such as his local chamber of commerce and Rotary Club to enhance and expand school resources. When budget money wasn’t available for staff development, for example, he oversaw the establishment of educational foundations to fund teacher training projects. Among significant accomplishments of his principalship, he led an effort to raise $75,000 to construct a state-of-the-art playground at Rindge Memorial School. Stone also served on a team of educators that revised science, mathematics, and language arts curricula and textbooks to align with his state’s expectations for students’ academic performance. He received a B.S. from North Adams State College in Massachusetts and an M.A. from Keene State College in New Hampshire.