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Proposed Andover School District budget up 0.53 percent

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Andover School District has proposed a $4.7 million operating budget for next year. The budget is up $25,000 – or 0.53 percent – over the current year budget. Taxpayers would be responsible for raising 72 percent of the budget. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at Andover Elementary/Middle School. Seventy percent of the total budget increase is tied to a new contract with the …

Chichester school petitioners ‘make a statement’ about SAU costs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A petitioned article on the Chichester School District’s warrant seeks to break out the SAU budget to be voted on separately, but – if passed – it isn’t likely to have an effect any time soon. The SAU expenses are currently worked in the schools’ regular budgets. If Chichester alone were allowed a chance to vote down the proposed budget, it would raise …

Pembroke’s $25M school budget gets widespread backing

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

For the first time in several years, the Pembroke School District’s budget received the approval of the municipal budget committee, school board Chairman Tom Serafin said. The school district meeting March 7, including 10 warrant articles and a $25 million budget, lacks controversy and could be in and out in less than an hour, Serafin said. “There’s not a contract to be voted …

CONCORD: Granite State College takes different tack

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chuck Bagley’s title at Granite State College may be lecturer, but he tries not to let that reflect too much in his teaching. “What we try to do is move people away from that lecturing model,” he said. Bagley, who is also the school’s director in faculty development, …

Residents amend anti-Common Core article at Deerfield’s school deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Common Core and its testing will likely remain in Deerfield, despite opposition from some residents. Voters amended a petitioned warrant article to discontinue Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment at yesterday’s school district deliberative session. The amendment reduces the authority of the article, making it advisory rather …

Full-day kindergarten to be considered in Bow

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Full-day kindergarten will be considered by Bow residents at this year’s town meeting. On the school district warrant as a petitioned article, the full-day kindergarten proposal asks voters to approve $359,036 to implement it. This article and the rest of the school district warrant will be discussed at …

Interviews for new Concord superintendent will begin this week

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The first round of interviews of candidates for superintendent of the Concord School District will begin this week. A selection of four candidates was narrowed down from 10 or 12 eligible applicants, Concord School Board President Clint Cogswell said. The first interview will be Tuesday. The application period …

All John Stark Regional School District warrant articles move forward at deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Residents had no objections to the John Stark Regional School District’s warrant at Thursday night’s deliberative session. “Everything passed right through,” said school board Chairman Mark Zuckerman. “No amendments, no objections to anything.” Voters in the district, which includes Henniker and Weare, will be considering a proposed budget …

Gilmanton School District seeks modular classrooms

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Gilmanton School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is looking for more space. Hoping to respond to a growing number of students in younger grades, the district is again asking voters to approve the installation of modular classrooms at the school. The total cost of …

Deerfield School District to ask voters whether to stay with Common Core

Friday, February 6, 2015

A petition warrant article in the Deerfield School District is proposing a curriculum change that other New Hampshire districts have also considered: opting out of Common Core. If passed, this article says Deerfield would “immediately discontinue participation in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced …

Concord school budget projected to increase

Friday, February 6, 2015

Concord School Board members saw the first draft of the proposed budget for 2016 Wednesday night, which calls for an increase in funding and will likely raise tax rates. The proposed budget is $81.03 million, a $1.75 million increase over the current year’s budget. “I don’t think there …

Schools face tough call on when to cancel due to snow, Manchester apologizes for wrong decision

Thursday, February 5, 2015

By the afternoon, it was blue sky and sun above a fresh coating of snow. But yesterday’s morning commute was a slow slog through near-blizzard-like conditions. Getting to work is one thing, but deciding whether hundreds of employees …

College completion gap between rich, poor widens

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released yesterday. The percentage of students from the lowest-income families – those making $34,160 a year or less – earning a bachelor’s …