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Proposed Concord School District budget an increase of $1.1 million

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Concord School District budget is set to increase $1.1 million next year if board members approve it later this month. This year’s proposed budget comes in at $75.3 million, a 1.6 percent increase from last year’s figure of $74.2 million. The biggest cost drivers include salaries, health care and the increase of New Hampshire Retirement System payments. School board members discussed the proposed budget Wednesday night, and the full …

Concord parents urge school board to consider full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

As neighboring school districts have implemented full-day kindergarten, a growing number of voices are calling for Concord elementary schools to do the same. Multiple parents and community members spoke in favor of a full-day program at both September’s and October’s monthly Concord School Board meetings, saying they do not want their students to fall behind, and arguing a full-day program would benefit the …

NEC announces new scholarship program for NH Scholars participants

Monday, October 5, 2015

New England College is adding a financial incentive for prospective students who participate in the NH Scholars program. New Hampshire students who are NH Scholar recipients and choosing a STEM or ARTS pathway in the school will qualify for $15,000 per year minimum scholarship aid to the college, and those who pursue more challenging coursework will receive $20,000 per year. NH Scholars is …

After rape trial, questions linger at prep schools

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A rape trial that drew intense scrutiny to one of New England’s elite boarding schools has cast a shadow over other prestigious prep schools as they start a new year. Somber letters going home to parents at some …

Learning with autism: From preschool to Concord High

Sunday, September 6, 2015

During the last few days of summer vacation, 18-year-old A.J. Labrie of Concord could be found at his kitchen table, filling yet another sketchbook full of drawings. Last week, he started his senior year at Concord High School, …

Amid confusion over sexual consent, advocates calling for increase in sex education

Saturday, September 5, 2015

When incoming freshmen arrive at the University of New Hampshire, Maggie Wells, who works at the university’s Sexual Health and Rape Prevention Program, has a few questions for them. “What is sexual consent?” “Can a person consent to sexual activity if they’ve had too much to drink?” Often, …

New london: Colby-Sawyer president heads for new adventure

Friday, September 4, 2015

Colby-Sawyer College’s president is stepping down after the end of this academic year. Thomas Galligan, Jr., who has been president since 2006, will leave the school at the end of his current five-year contract in June, the college …

State to release its Common Core results this fall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A handful of states that participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing that corresponds with the Common Core State Standards, have released results, including two New England states. But New Hampshire, which participated in the testing for the first time this past academic year, is not …

At the start of a new school year, a day of firsts for Concord students and administrators alike

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Concord’s elementary schools buzzed with activity Tuesday morning as hundreds of kids returned to school. It was a day of firsts for students of all ages, and also for new Superintendent Terri Forsten. Forsten, who officially started in …

Concord School Board to hold public information session for those interested in open board seats

Monday, August 31, 2015

Next week, the Concord School Board will host an informational session about the board’s duties for resid- ents interested in running for the board. On Tuesday, current board members will share their experiences and answer questions from prospective candidates. There will be three open seats for at-large board …

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick …