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Colby-Sawyer College President Thomas Galligan addresses the crowd during a series of award presentations during the Colby-Sawyer College 2015 commencement in New London on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

New london: Colby-Sawyer president heads for new adventure

Friday, September 4, 2015

Colby-Sawyer College’s president is stepping down after the end of this academic year. Thomas Galligan, Jr., who has been president since 2006, will leave the school at the end of his current five-year contract in June, the college announced in a statement on its website. “My wife and I, in the spring, talked about it, and said we have had a wonderful, wonderful time,” Galligan said. “But it’s time for the next adventure.” The last two presidents of the school also led it for a decade each, Galligan, who is the eighth president, said. The college works with five-year terms for its presidency. “The whole …

State to release its Common Core results this fall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A handful of states that participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing that corresponds with the Common Core State Standards, have released results, including two New England states. But New Hampshire, which participated in the testing for the first time this past academic year, is not going to join that list until later in the fall. Some of the states – …

At the start of a new school year, a day of firsts for Concord students and administrators alike

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Concord’s elementary schools buzzed with activity Tuesday morning as hundreds of kids returned to school. It was a day of firsts for students of all ages, and also for new Superintendent Terri Forsten. Forsten, who officially started in July, previously served as the superintendent in Laconia. Forsten succeeds Chris Rath, who was Concord’s …

Concord School Board to hold public information session for those interested in open board seats

Monday, August 31, 2015

Next week, the Concord School Board will host an informational session about the board’s duties for resid- ents interested in running for the board. On Tuesday, current board members will share their experiences and answer questions from prospective candidates. There will be three open seats for at-large board …

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick …

U.S. schools are too focused on standardized tests, poll says

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Americans overwhelmingly think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools and that test scores are not the best way to judge schools, teachers or students, according to a national poll. The results released Sunday come from the 47th annual PDK/Gallup poll of attitudes toward …

Into school

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There are a whole slew of kids out there who are slogging sadly through the end of summer toward the start of another school year. But there’s another group forging ahead with wide eyes and bellies full of …

How to handle high-pressure high schools

Sunday, August 23, 2015

There is much for students, teachers and parents to learn from a new book by Stanford University experts on how to handle the stress of learning in our nation’s high-pressure high schools. Only about 10 percent of U.S. schools fit that category, in contrast with the vast majority, …

Dover sues state over cap on education funding as other towns consider their options

Friday, August 21, 2015

The city of Dover is suing the state in hopes of abolishing a cap on state aid to schools. The lawsuit, filed by the city through its lawyer, Andru Volinsky, says a cap on state adequacy money to …

Inside and outside, candidates and teacher union members trade barbs at education summit

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One voice conspicuously absent from the list of panelists at Wednesday’s education summit of Republican presidential candidates was that of a teacher. Outside the education summit at Londonderry High School, it was a different story. They “have openly …

PHOTOS: Trail work

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A group of incoming NHTI students gave back to their new community before classes had even started Tuesday. As part of a two-day Lynx to Leadership program, the students practiced what they had learned about civil engagement by …