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Pronouncer Carolyn D'Aquila reads a word to speller Rebecca Bamidele, a Rundlett Middle School student, at the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Rebecca came in third place in the state spelling bee.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. Contestants at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord participated in the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee yesterday afternoon, carefully …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain, thanks to GOP defections among the party’s conservatives who said the plan did not …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Despite a $1.6 million total increase in state retirement contributions, health care and salary costs, …

Proposed Andover School District budget up 0.53 percent

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Andover School District has proposed a $4.7 million operating budget for next year. The budget is up $25,000 – or 0.53 percent – over the current year budget. Taxpayers would be responsible for raising 72 percent of the budget. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Monday …

Chichester school petitioners ‘make a statement’ about SAU costs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A petitioned article on the Chichester School District’s warrant seeks to break out the SAU budget to be voted on separately, but – if passed – it isn’t likely to have an effect any time soon. The SAU expenses are currently worked in the schools’ regular budgets. If …

Pembroke’s $25M school budget gets widespread backing

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For the first time in several years, the Pembroke School District’s budget received the approval of the municipal budget committee, school board Chairman Tom Serafin said. The school district meeting March 7, including 10 warrant articles and a $25 million budget, lacks controversy and could be in and …

Christa McAuliffe School brings local engineers to students for ‘Engineer Week’

Friday, February 20, 2015

Long after she watched a documentary on female astronauts, Stacey Brown remained fixated on the time in the astronauts’ lives when they all settled on their career paths. Each astronaut, Brown said, was inspired during childhood. Brown, a …

Boston College under investigation over access for disabled

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Boston College has become more difficult to navigate for people with disabilities in recent years, according to former and current students whose complaints have prompted an investigation into whether the school is violating accessibility laws. Students said in a complaint to the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil …

Nursing students treat patients in Costa Rica

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A dozen nursing students at Plymouth State University have spent part of their winter travelling to remote villages in Costa Rica, where they treated patients for chronic conditions like diabetes, emphysema, high blood pressure, and others. The trip was part of the Global Health course, a requirement of …

Local schools evaluate weight of snow on buildings, take preventive measures

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Epsom Central School Principal Patrick Connors’s job description has a catch-all ending that reads: “. . . and all other things as needed.” After this weekend’s snowstorm, what the school needed most was more shovelers on the roof. …

UNH president: Campus thriving despite lack of state funding

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The University of New Hampshire is thriving despite the state’s reluctance to view education as a public good, President Mark Huddleston said yesterday in his annual state of the university address. UNH welcomed it largest incoming class ever last fall and has seen record fundraising for the last …

Report praises UNH Law honors program as groundbreaking

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Every so often, and with enough frequency to matter, John Garvey receives a call at the University of New Hampshire School of Law from an employer in search of a rare treasure. They want a young standout – …

UNH makes top 20 list of university farms

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The University of New Hampshire has made a top-20 list of university farms in the country for its teaching and research. UNH was ranked No. 20 in the list published by Best College Reviews. It was noted for having an academically centered farming operation. The rankings are based …