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Students, parents and teachers all gather outside Abbot-Downing Elementary in Concord Tuesday during the first day of school.

PHOTOS: Back to school

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Jason Sargeant walked his daughter to Abbot-Downing Elemetary School on her first day of second grade. The two faced a huge crowd of parents, students and teachers as everyone gathered outside to get classroom assignments. Most schools in the area started yesterday. … 0

Merrimack Valley School District starts school year with full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

For the first time in Merrimack Valley School District’s history, its five elementary schools today will welcome full-day kindergarten students. It marks a significant programming change for a district that has offered half-day kindergarten since the 1980s. The 2½-hour day will be replaced with a 6½-hour day that teachers said will include more … 4

Concord School Board okays issuance of up to $8.6M in bonds for capital projects

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Concord School Board unanimously approved the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital improvements last night. However, the public will still have a chance to weigh in on specific components of the project. If the district bonds the entire $8.6 million, about $7.6 million would pay for projects … 1

New England governors’ energy effort on hold

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A nearly year-long effort by New England’s governors to collectively address the region’s high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative’s dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines. Energy officials from the six states have … 3

Facing ALS, Concord High Principal Gene Connolly stays upbeat

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gene Connolly still greets visitors to Concord High School with a smile and a handshake, and his eyes still widen when he talks about the start of a new school year. Connolly, Concord High School’s longtime principal, was … 2

CHS community organizing homecoming ALS walk for Connolly

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The office staff at Concord High School has fielded one question more than any other this summer. “What can we do? What can we do to help Gene,” said Lisa Lamb, Principal Gene Connolly’s longtime administrative assistant. The question has been posed countless times in emails, on the … 0

States get leeway in using students’ test results to evaluate teachers

Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Duncan said the delay will allow states “to … 0

PHOTOS: Science fun at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Educator John Parodi (left) of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord describes the Apollo 11 lunar landing for (from right) Karen Tardif, Emma O’Neill, 11, and Reagan O’Neill, 9, all of Laconia, yesterday. Parodi pointed out the location … 0

Concord School Board expected to vote on $8.6M bonds Monday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Monday, the Concord School Board is expected to vote on the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital projects. The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the high school library on … 0

PHOTO: Fair equips students for school at Rundlett in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Students picking up their packets for the new school year at Rundlett Middle School in Concord could also pick up a new backpack, a full lunch bag, clothing, school supplies, toiletries and books at the Ready to Learn … 1

Poll: Common Core loses support

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards – and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. The … 1

Business development center adds minicourses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media. The new minicourses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for Business,” “Mobile Marketing” and “Instagram for Business.” They’re … 0

A look at some changes for local school districts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Many students will head back to area schools by the middle of next week to begin a new year. To give readers a sense of some of the leadership changes that took place at schools over the summer, … 0