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Third-grade students (from left) Amelia Kilmister, Madison Cummings and Audrey Thurston collaborate on an illustration during a workshop with author and illustrator Marty Kelley on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

New Hampshire author and illustrator is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Standing in front of a class of eighth-grade students yesterday morning, Marty Kelley asked if they wanted to first hear the good news or the bad news. “The bad news is you’re going to work really hard this morning. The good news is I’m not,” he said. Kelley, an author and illustrator, is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School this week. …

Study: Massachusetts schools punish more minorites

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the Lawyers’ Committee …

Three Rivers School in Pembroke seeks input for playground

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pembroke’s Three Rivers School is seeking public input on a proposal to revamp its playground, Principal Jon Marston said. Parents and the public are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school’s library. Marston said the playground currently “doesn’t exist.” “We have a couple basketball hoops and tar,” he said. Marston said there’s space available at the school, 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 …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed …

N.H. students asked to write ‘Letters About Literature’

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire students in grades 4 through 12 are being encouraged to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The “Letters About Literature” contest is nationally sponsored by the Center for the Book …

Chichester Central School wins national Blue Ribbon award

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chichester Central School has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of three National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state. The kindergarten through eighth-grade school is one of 340 across the country that will be …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan …

Hopkinton school district creates a “living painting,” first district in state to participate in “Art for the Sky”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hopkinton Superintendent Steve Chamberlin and art teacher Kim Emerson visited the field behind the library last Columbus Day weekend to scope it out for the site of the living art project that took the district a year to …