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Education

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 Before the board members voted on the final budget, they rescinded an August vote for bonding up to $8.6 million. In order to pass a budget that included changes, seven votes from board members were needed. Last night, the board considered including a $123,000 payment for food services to the 2015 budget but lacked the seven votes required to pass. Food services are funded for this fiscal year; the liability will be carried into next year’s budget process, when the board can …

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 value, a 3.91 percent increase over the current year’s rate. The school board approved a …

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 in the Library of Congress. Entries for grades 9-12 must be postmarked no later than …

Wesleyan, Temple lead tide of colleges scrapping admission tests

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A new wave of colleges including Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr College and Temple University are scrapping standardized tests as an admissions requirement, saying there are better ways to evaluate applicants and expand diversity. In the past two years, at least 20 schools in the United States, including Brandeis …

School board won’t back off history class review

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A suburban Denver school board refused to back off plans to review U.S. history courses for what some see as anti-American content, despite waves of protest from students and parents who accused the new conservative majority of trying …

Belmont students fight Yik Yak app with positivity

Friday, October 3, 2014

Hundreds of students at Belmont High School arrived to school yesterday morning to find an encouraging message neatly – and anonymously – taped on their lockers. “You’re flawless; every part of you is unique and wonderful.” “Your hard …

NHTI hosts open house celebrates New Hampshire Manufacturing Week and National Manufacturing Day

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Donald Kilian of Epsom works full time as a security guard, part time for the National Guard and is taking his final semester of courses in engineering at NHTI. Last night, between classes, instead of taking a break …

Dunbarton-Bow transition has been without issue for students, schools

Thursday, October 2, 2014

About a month into the academic year, the merger of Dunbarton students into Bow schools has gone well, according to school officials. Students are “starting to feel like they belong here,” Bow High School Principal John House-Myers said. “We’re getting really good reports,” he said. “If something wasn’t …

Dartmouth: Sexual assault reports were up in 2013

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The number of sexual assaults reported at Dartmouth College increased from 24 to 35 last year, but officials said the numbers likely reflect more victims coming forward rather than an actual increase in offenses. Under the federal Clery Act, colleges and universities are required to report statistics about …

Pittsfield schools ‘making education history’

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fred Bramante, a former chairman of the state Board of Education, said yesterday the Pittsfield School District is pioneering the future of education with its focus on extending learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. “This little town, …

NHTI receives federal grant for IT training program

Monday, September 29, 2014

NHTI yesterday announced it received $2.5 million from the federal Department of Labor for its program “Get IT! Growing the Economy Through Information Technology.” The grant project was one of 270 awarded yesterday to community colleges across the country. Get IT! is a statewide project to develop, improve …

Superintendent announces her retirement after nearly three decades with Concord schools

Friday, September 26, 2014

Chris Rath, superintendent of the Concord School District, will retire at the end of this school year. Rath, 67, has worked in Concord schools for nearly three decades. She delivered her letter of retirement to Clint Cogswell, president …

Concord schools superintendent Chris Rath to retire this year

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Concord Superintendent of Schools Chris Rath announced Thursday that she will retire from the superintendent’s job at the end of this school year, according to a press release. In a letter written to Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord School Board, Rath said she has witnessed a lot …