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Ashish Kharel talks about getting the 2015 Gates Foundation Millennium Scholarship this week at Concord High School.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now than I thought I’d have. It’s way overwhelming.” He had just sized up a handmade sign taped in the hallway that read, …

Hillsboro-Deering High School baseball team extends involvement with Operation Hat Trick beyond the baseball field

Friday, April 24, 2015

The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was nearly silent mid-morning Saturday, but not for all of the visitors. “I still hear the rockets coming in, right here,” said Bob Williams, a Vietnam veteran, as he tapped his head with his right hand. Williams, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, briefly broke away …

Maybe kids aren’t over college after all

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back in 2009, as the country emerged from recession, one trend line turned sour: Even though economic conditions were improving, fewer people were going straight to college. And it wasn’t just college enrollment numbers overall that were dropping, alarming the higher education industry. It was actually the percentage of kids who’d just finished high school, meaning more of them were going straight into …

Kearsarge selects next superintendent

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Kearsarge Regional School Board has selected its pick for superintendent. Out of two finalists, the board chose Winfried Feneberg, currently the superintendent in Windham, to replace outgoing Superintendent Jerry Frew. The other finalist was Bow High School Principal John House-Myers. School board Chairman Ken Bartholomew said both …

Hopkinton’s Beech Hill School receives $1.3 million donation

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Beech Hill School in Hopkinton just got a big financial boost. A $1.3 million boost, to be precise. As of last week, the independent middle school received the money to pay off their start-up debt. “The first time I said it out loud I said it to …

Incoming Concord superintendent will earn more than predecessor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The new Concord School District superintendent will start out earning more than her predecessor. Incoming Superintendent Terry Forsten’s starting salary will be $137,000 per year, according to her contract. That’s nearly $2,500 more than the annual salary of …

Former coach Vallante went from New England College to Keene State without word of previous misconduct accusations

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As the University System of New Hampshire reviews and modifies its policies to deal with sexual harassment and other misconduct, questions remain about the role New England College played after one of its former coaches was later fired …

Forsten confirmed as Concord’s new superintendent

Thursday, April 9, 2015

It was a long day for Terri Forsten. Forsten, the incoming superintendent of schools for the Concord School District, was unanimously confirmed by the Concord School Board last night. Before the vote, she spent her entire day on …

Pembroke School Board punts headmaster-principal decision to next month

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In its first meeting since a groundswell movement formed to reject a change to the title of Pembroke Academy’s top administrator, the Pembroke School Board didn’t take any action on the subject. The board voted months ago to change the position from “headmaster” to “principal,” when the new …

Kearsarge superintendent candidates, including Bow principal, make their pitch

Monday, April 6, 2015

The two candidates vying to be the next superintendent of schools of the Kearsarge Regional School District made their pitches to parents, teachers and administration yesterday afternoon. John House-Myers, the principal of Bow High School, and Winifried Feneberg, …

Changes under way at N.H. colleges to address sexual harassment

Monday, April 6, 2015

New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities are making swift and substantial changes after a recent review highlighted specific policy gaps and broader cultural concerns about how they handle sexual harassment and other misconduct. Attorneys at a Manchester law firm released investigative reports March 27 covering the general policies …

Declining school enrollment doesn’t always equal lower budgets

Sunday, April 5, 2015

It’s no secret that New Hampshire is an aging state, struggling to keep young people and families from leaving. One sign of this is declining student enrollment. Across the state, the number of students at both public and private schools are falling. Ten years ago, there were 200,975 …