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Deb Urbaitis talks with Henniker police chief Ryan Murdough, as her third grader son Levi anxiously waits to get to the Henniker Community School Wednesday on the first day of school. His brother Sam waves at the chief on top of his father Todd's shoulder. On the left is crossing guard Carrie Dionne. Deb Urbaitis is the school board chair as well as being on the John Stark school board. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

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 on Wednesday, while other school districts in the Concord area open next week. Labor falls late this year, on Sept. 7. Here’s …

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 national president suspended the chapter. But ODU was hardly the only place where students spray-painted …

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 in those issues. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office says 1 in 5 adolescents will experience …

Maine getting nearly $60,000 to help students pay for tests

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Maine is getting nearly $60,000 from the federal government to help low-income students pay for advancement placement exams. The U.S. Department of Education is handing out more than $28 million nationwide to defray the cost of AP tests for students. Maine was awarded $59,955. John King, a senior …

New SAU 18 superintendent looks forward to year, but has a lot to work on

Saturday, August 15, 2015

For the past six weeks, Daniel LeGallo has been planning, organizing and attending meetings. But mostly, he has been waiting. LeGallo, the new superintendent of SAU 18 as of July 1, has been anticipating the start of the school year since he assumed the position. “I’m excited as …

Rudman Center still without new executive director months after Broderick departure

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five months after the former executive director of the University of New Hampshire Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice and Public Policy stepped down, a decision on an official replacement is nowhere in sight. John Broderick …

Pembroke Academy shuts down social media accounts; law writer says it’s a ‘complete overreaction’

Thursday, August 13, 2015

After receiving legal advice about a state law set to take effect next month, Pembroke Academy’s headmaster has ordered the school’s social media accounts to be shut down. Among those that will go dark is a Facebook page …

As Mount Washington College closes, New England College hopes to attract students

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New England College is hoping to draw students from the recently closed Mount Washington College with a promise of accepting prior credits and keeping tuition rates the same. After the Manchester-based Mount Washington College (formerly known as Hesser College) announced it would close last month, NEC said it …

New charter school in Franklin to emphasize ‘back to basics education’

Monday, August 10, 2015

Compass Classical Academy, a new charter school focusing on classical education, will open with about 70 elementary school students in September. The school, temporarily located in Franklin with plans to move to Northfield, has a curriculum different from most in the state. “It’s really a back to basics …

California high school creates gay history class

Friday, August 7, 2015

A California high school is incorporating a gay history course into its curriculum. Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco is adding a new college preparatory course that will “explore the American experience through a lens that isn’t usually discussed in traditional U.S. history classes,” focusing …

Mount Washington College in Manchester to close next year

Friday, August 7, 2015

Officials say a Manchester college is closing next year due to declining enrollment. New Hampshire Public Radio reported Mount Washington College will close next April. The college said in a statement it will stop enrolling new students immediately and focus on the school’s roughly 500 current students. Students …

District names new director of special education

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Weare School District recently named Scott Daniels as its new director of special education. Daniels previously served in the ConVal School District in Peterborough, where he worked first as a school psychologist and then as the special education coordinator. In Weare, he will work to serve Center …

New Hampshire, Washington schools offer political course

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A new course being offered by George Washington University and Saint Anselm College promises to provide insight into both the national political establishment and the day-to-day grassroots campaigning in New Hampshire. The interactive class on politics and elections during the fall semester will focus on the presidential nominating …