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Colby-Sawyer College President Thomas Galligan addresses the crowd during a series of award presentations during the Colby-Sawyer College 2015 commencement in New London on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

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 announced in a statement on its website. “My wife and I, in the spring, talked about it, and said we have had a wonderful, wonderful time,” Galligan said. “But it’s time for the next adventure.” The last two presidents of the school also led it for a decade each, Galligan, who is the eighth president, said. The college works with five-year terms for its presidency. “The whole …

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 going to join that list until later in the fall. Some of the states – …

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 July, previously served as the superintendent in Laconia. Forsten succeeds Chris Rath, who was Concord’s …

New Hampshire makes SAT the statewide assessment for high school juniors

Sunday, August 16, 2015

This year, when 11th-grade students in public schools sit down to take New Hampshire’s statewide assessment tests, they won’t be taking Smarter Balanced exams; they’ll be taking the SAT. The New Hampshire Department of Education decided to switch to the SAT, in part to encourage more students to …

With college costs soaring, experts say having an early plan is key

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Trevor Meyers is just starting to look at colleges, and he thinks he wants to become a teacher. After a recent tour at Plymouth State University, the rising senior at Campbell High School in Litchfield said the teachers …

Infographic: Comparing New Hampshire’s higher education costs

Saturday, August 15, 2015

In the past ten years, in-state tuition has more than doubled for New Hampshire students. And, over the past five years, the total cost of attendance for in-state students at the University of New Hampshire has been higher …

Presidential candidates on college affordability and student loan debt

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Democratic state Rep. Jackie Cilley encouraged students to take advantage of the presidential candidates coming to the first in the nation primary state to raise the issue of student loan debt. “Our presidential candidates will be all over …

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 …