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Pronouncer Carolyn D'Aquila reads a word to speller Rebecca Bamidele, a Rundlett Middle School student, at the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Rebecca came in third place in the state spelling bee.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. Contestants at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord participated in the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee yesterday afternoon, carefully …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain, thanks to GOP defections among the party’s conservatives who said the plan did not …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Despite a $1.6 million total increase in state retirement contributions, health care and salary costs, …

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 …

Voters in John Stark Regional School District to consider budget less than default

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

John Stark Regional School District voters will be considering a proposed budget that is lower than the default budget at the district’s deliberative session tomorrow. “That is not an uncommon thing for us,” said Zach Lawson, vice chairman of the John Stark Regional School Board. The proposed budget …

NHTI and Southern New Hampshire University partner for dual enrollment agreement

Friday, January 30, 2015

NHTI and Southern New Hampshire University announced Wednesday they partnered in a dual enrollment agreement that will allow NHTI graduates to more easily transfer to SNHU to complete bachelor’s degrees. The agreement between the Concord community college and the Manchester-based university means that when students are accepted to …

Phillips Exeter picks UNH official as new principal

Friday, January 30, 2015

University of New Hampshire provost and vice president of academic affairs Lisa MacFarlane has been chosen as the next principal of Phillips Exeter Academy. MacFarlane will succeed Tom Hassan, the husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan who announced he would step down to focus more on his family and …

Dartmouth instituting changes to eliminate extreme behavior

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus yesterday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they’re enrolled at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to …

New $2.5M veterinary lab to be constructed on UNH campus

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is getting a new home on the University of New Hampshire campus. The lab assists the state commissioner of agriculture and the state veterinarian in their efforts to monitor and control important animal diseases. It also provides diagnostic services to hundreds of …

College of Saint Mary Magdalen becomes Northeast Catholic College, updating its image, curriculum and mission

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When Mike Girard began looking for colleges, he found a school named Magdalen College. When he arrived on campus four years ago, it was the College of Saint Mary Magdalen. And when he graduates this spring, his degree …

At NHTI, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster discusses President Obama’s community college plan with students, faculty

Saturday, January 24, 2015

First-year NHTI students Kayley Beers and Morgyn Soucy think more could be done to improve Concord’s community college than offering free tuition. Instead of giving up-front free tuition, as outlined by President Obama, they said the government could …