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Rundlett Middle School principal Tom Sica gets a haircut from David Caron of the New England School of Barbering while Kevin Ferry, 11, gets a trim from Noah Lorden during the Ready to Learn fair at Rundlett Middle School in Concord on August 20, 2014. “The biggest success was getting people to come and to get the supplies that they needed,” said Nicole Newman, who organized the event with fellow Rundlett paraprofessionals Lynn Reyes and Caroline Keane.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Search committee nominates Concord High principal finalist

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three and a half months after Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly announced he would be resigning, a search committee has chosen its finalist to replace him. Concord Superintendent Terri Forsten announced Thursday that the district’s principal search committee has nominated Tom Sica to head up Concord High School. Sica has been the principal at Rundlett Middle School for the …

Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and high schools. Voters will be presented with a $60,334, or 0.28 percent, operational budget increase …

Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Hampshire high school students are using much less alcohol and tobacco than they did a decade ago, while their use of illegal drugs has not declined nearly as much, according to the latest in a series of statewide surveys on risky teen behavior. But it’s the relatively new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes, …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by …

N.H. arts council announces grant winners

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announced that three area artist in residence and youth art projects received grants for programming. The Maple Street and Harold Martin Elementary schools in Hopkinton received a grant for mosaic artist Lizz Van Saun of Kast Hill Studio to lead …

On 30th anniversary of Challenger explosion, former teachers and staff pay tribute to a tragic day and an extraordinary response

Friday, January 29, 2016

Concord High School’s white hallway walls popped with pink, blue and green pieces of paper covered in students’ dreams. They ranged from a student who wanted to research the depths of the ocean, one who aspired to become …

At Concord High School and discovery center, McAuliffe legacy thrives, inspires

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Concord High School social studies teacher Alison Aquilini greets her class for the first time this morning, her lesson will have a special significance. It’s the first day of the semester and also the 30th anniversary of …

Teachers recall the day of Challenger disaster

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jane Voth-Palisi can still picture the students jumping up and down. She can hear the cheers of the seniors in the nearby auditorium. Lise Bofinger remembers the rows of desks in the science lab, the students with their …

Hopkinton music teacher carries McAuliffe legacy through sabbatical fellowship

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Armed with decibel meters and pencils, Hopkinton music teacher Mike Alberici’s fourth-grade class spread throughout Maple Street School. The students were tasked with making a map of sounds from around the school, finding the areas that were the …

New Hampshire university offers grads employment ‘guarantee’

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rivier University in Nashua is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students. Rivier, which has 2,600 students, has created an “Employment Promise Program” that will be available to full-time undergraduates starting with the class of 2020. Students are guaranteed to land …

New England College celebrates diversity at annual Founders Day

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New England College welcomed one of its own back to campus Wednesday to ring in the first day of the second semester. The college welcomed alumnus W. Franc Perry, an acting New York State Supreme Court justice, to campus Tuesday to give remarks and sing the African American …

IT transfers easier with new college agreement

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Following an agreement between two New Hampshire colleges, information technology students will have an easier time transferring from one to the other. NHTI and Southern New Hampshire University announced Friday that they reached an articulation agreement. Now, NHTI associate’s degree students will be able to transfer to SNHU’s …

Colleges tell students to leave their hoverboards at home

Saturday, January 9, 2016

One of the holiday’s hottest presents is now considered contraband at many U.S. colleges. More than 30 universities have banned or restricted hoverboards on their campuses in recent weeks, saying the two-wheeled, motorized scooters are unsafe. Beyond the …