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11 arguments against ditching Pembroke Academy’s ‘headmaster’ title

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

After the members of the Pembroke School Board were unswayed by an effort to get them to reconsider their decision to change the title of Pembroke Academy’s headmaster position, a new petition has cropped up online. Arguing for the continuation of the school’s long tradition of headmasters, signers from across the country voiced their reasons why the chief administrator shouldn’t …

Community fundraiser planned for Concord High principal Gene Connolly

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nearly one year ago, more than a thousand Concord High School students and staff marched for principal Gene Connolly, carrying banners and a unified message – “Connolly Strong.” The walk came following news in June 2014 that Connolly had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The community rallied around him that …

Hard work, perseverance the glue to NHTI’s 2015 graduating class in Concord

Friday, May 22, 2015

The 604 NHTI students who received diplomas yesterday represented the second largest class in the school’s 50-year history. The graduating class included students like Ashley Gilmore of Manchester and Amanda Moore of Nashua, who met on the cheerleading team their freshmen year and grew to become best friends. “We pretty much spent our …

Manchester, Ashland, Bow schools win New Hampshire ‘EDies’

Monday, May 4, 2015

Schools in Manchester, Ashland and Bow were recognized by the state of New Hampshire for excellence in education. The Excellence in Education awards, or “EDies,” were created more than 20 years ago to recognize public schools that meet high standards. This year’s elementary school winner is the Parker …

Franklin, Weare schools moving grade levels to address space issues

Sunday, May 3, 2015

When fourth-grade students in Franklin and Weare begin school next fall, they won’t be in their regular classrooms. Instead, students from the Paul Smith School in Franklin and the Center Woods Elementary School in Weare will be moving to their respective middle schools. The change is the result …

School districts try to tighten unpredictable spending for substitute teachers

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Concord School District salary database Merrimack Valley School District database Districts vary on teacher salaries --------- Since at least 2011, Concord has overspent its budget for subs by $70,000 or more each year. Across town, Merrimack Valley has had leftover money is the account for substitutes – as …

Concord teachers receive better pay, benefits than peers in neighboring Merrimack Valley

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Concord School District salary database Merrimack Valley School District database Spending on substitute teachers often unpredictable --------- In the Merrimack Valley School District, the 14 highest-paid teachers made between $70,000 and $78,000 last school year. In the neighboring Concord School District, 192 teachers – more than half of …

NHTI students get the most value out of their education, national report says

Thursday, April 30, 2015

When it comes to getting a good education at a more affordable price, some are choosing to skip four-year colleges and universities and go the two-year route. Luckily for aspiring students in Concord, national think tank the Brookings …

SAU 18 nears end of superintendent search

Thursday, April 30, 2015

In the past decade, the SAU 18 superintendent position has been held by four different people. For nearly a year and a half, interim superintendents have guided the Franklin and Hill school districts, after the last full-time superintendent left before her contract ended. Within the next week, the …

Beaver Meadow principal on administrative leave as police investigate incident at school

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of Concord’s elementary school principals has been placed on administrative leave as the Concord police are investigating an incident at the school. Beaver Meadow Elementary School principal John Forrest has not been at school for the past week and a half, according to a letter to parents …

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now …

Hillsboro-Deering High School baseball team extends involvement with Operation Hat Trick beyond the baseball field

Friday, April 24, 2015

The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery was nearly silent mid-morning Saturday, but not for all of the visitors. “I still hear the rockets coming in, right here,” said Bob Williams, a Vietnam veteran, as he tapped his head …

Maybe kids aren’t over college after all

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back in 2009, as the country emerged from recession, one trend line turned sour: Even though economic conditions were improving, fewer people were going straight to college. And it wasn’t just college enrollment numbers overall that were dropping, alarming the higher education industry. It was actually the percentage …