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Andrew Card to lead Franklin Pierce University

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University’s fifth president. Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12, the university announced yesterday. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer. Card was most recently acting dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He grew up …

PHOTOS: NHTI dental hygiene students practice their skills with after-schoolers

Monday, November 24, 2014

The NHTI Dental Hygiene Program held its Dental Wellness Fair recently at the Boys & Girls Club in Concord. Students in the dental program set up stations to make students aware of dental health issues. Top: Jessica Bonenfant watches as children in the after-school group practice brushing and flossing. Above right: Tanya Tisdale, …

Three local high schools to compete in 31st season of ‘Granite State Challenge’ on NHPTV

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some of the smartest students in the state are gearing up to compete in the 31st season of the Granite State Challenge on New Hampshire Public Television. Students from 16 high schools will participate in the televised competition, including teams from Concord High School, Bow High School and John Stark Regional High School in Weare. In all, 54 teams answered 100 questions at …

Concord School Board meeting takeaway: Homework still counts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A misconception was clarified at last night’s Concord School Board instructional committee meeting: Homework still counts. Members of the administration answered school board members’ questions and presented an update on grading and competencies to the committee, including changes that were implemented this academic year. School board member Oliver …

Mass. school demonstrates ‘active shooter’ system

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

With students off for the Veterans Day holiday, a simulated school shooting at Methuen, Mass., grammar school yesterday showed what “active shooter” technology could do to help the police catch a gunman if the horrible threat ever strikes …

Pembroke Academy junior to attend future medical leaders conference

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Melissa Allen finished her PSATs, the Pembroke Academy junior filled out a questionnaire at the end asking what she was planning to study in college. She wrote genetics, since that was her favorite segment of her favorite class last year. Because of her score on the standardized …

Christa McAuliffe students ‘pay it forward’ through the Comet Kindness Campaign

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Over the past two weeks, students at Christa McAuliffe School have been writing notes with positive messages to send to their friends, family and teachers. The notes, the center of the “Comet Kindness Campaign,” include messages that read …

Parents go back to school for Common Core math

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter’s fifth-grade math homework. It was a three-digit multiplication problem, and it seemed simple enough. But her 10-year-old was supposed to solve it by drawing a chart, breaking apart numbers, multiplying, adding and …

Girls Inc. proposes move to Concord’s Eastman School

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eastman School – the last of the Concord School District’s old buildings still empty – has a possible tenant: Girls Inc. of New Hampshire. “We would like to stay for a very long time. This would be home for us,” said Cathy Duffy, CEO of Girls Inc. of …

Three run for school board seats in Concord’s District A

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Both Jim Richards, 55, and Evan Mulholland, 38 – who are facing each other for the two-year term in District A – are fathers with young children, and each candidate says he is invested in the future of …

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

Saturday, October 25, 2014

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the …

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 …

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 …