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Education

Franklin schools get slice of $9.75M for mental health training

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Franklin-Hill School District is one of three in the state that will split a $9.75 million federal grant for mental health training and education. The amount of money the district will receive from the federal Department of Health and Human Services wasn’t immediately available, but the grant will pay for mental health counselors at three schools, said Superintendent Robert McKenney. “We’re expecting all kinds of good things to happen,” …

Concord School Board finalizes budget and tax rate, votes on $8.6 million bond

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After much discussion at a public hearing and special board meeting, the Concord School Board finalized the $74.17 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015 without making any adjustments to it last night. Before the board members voted on the final budget, they rescinded an August vote for bonding up to $8.6 million. In order to pass a budget that included changes, seven …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed value, a 3.91 percent increase over the current year’s rate. The school board approved a …

N.H. students asked to write ‘Letters About Literature’

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire students in grades 4 through 12 are being encouraged to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The “Letters About Literature” contest is nationally sponsored by the Center for the Book …

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan …

Hopkinton school district creates a “living painting,” first district in state to participate in “Art for the Sky”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin and art teacher Kim Emerson visited the field behind the library last Columbus Day weekend to scope it out for the site of the living art project that took the district a year to …

Concord School Board picks New Hampshire School Boards Association to help search for superintendent

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Concord School Board voted last night to hire the New Hampshire School Boards Association as the firm to assist with the search for a superintendent. The board heard three separate presentations at a public meeting before deciding on NHSBA. The two other presentations were from the Educational …

Concord School Board to interview superintendent search firms

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Concord School Board is interviewing superintendent search firms tonight in an effort to move along the process of hiring someone to lead the district beginning next summer. Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, met with the school board last Wednesday and advised …

Canterbury kitchen helps Lakes Region Community College culinary program grow

Monday, October 13, 2014

In the heart of historic Canterbury Shaker Village, chef Patrick Hall is building a culinary arts program from scratch. He took the vision he had for years and added a small group of students. Then, he created and …

Class of 2014 SAT scores remain stagnant

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SAT scores stagnant SAT scores among the nation’s high school seniors remain stubbornly stagnant. The College Board, which administers the test, says scores from the Class of 2014 were virtually unchanged from recent classes. Overall, the mean score in reading was 497. It was 513 in math and …

Highly educated millennials flourish as economy sags

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paul Courtney was about midway through his senior year at Georgetown University when he decided to go to law school. Seeing an opportunity to wait out a lackluster job-market rebound, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 2012. The 25-year-old already has a …

At Pembroke Academy, Best Buddies off to a royal start

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just weeks after the Best Buddies program kicked off at Pembroke Academy, junior Cheyenne Boucher and her buddy, Owen Sansoucie, who has Down syndrome, were named homecoming king and queen. Boucher said she learned at the late-September high …