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Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and high schools. Voters will be presented with a $60,334, or 0.28 percent, operational budget increase from 2015-16. It’s estimated to require a …

Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Hampshire high school students are using much less alcohol and tobacco than they did a decade ago, while their use of illegal drugs has not declined nearly as much, according to the latest in a series of statewide surveys on risky teen behavior. But it’s the relatively new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes, …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by ballot vote. In the past, we’ve done it from the floor – as long as …

Conversation gets rolling on full-day kindergarten in Concord

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Before a steering committee meets for the first time next week, Concord mother Maria Lucia Natkiel wanted to get the conversation going on potentially implementing full-day kindergarten. So, she created a survey. “I was curious if the consensus …

Zonta Club of Concord lends a helping hand to NHTI student

Monday, November 30, 2015

What happens when a student who is one semester away from graduating with a degree in dental hygiene learns that she won’t be receiving a grant she was counting on? First there is panic. Then there is the …

Giving thanks: Concord High sure knows how to put on a Thanksgiving feast

Monday, November 30, 2015

When Peter Bombaci arrived at Concord High School more than 20 years ago as a special education teacher, he was charged with creating a more inclusive environment. Where students with disabilities and students without did things together, something …

Ray Duckler: The highs and lows of a diabetic grade school boy

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Luc Gautreaux, 7, pulled off the top like a pen cap, exposing a pinpoint sharp enough to pop a balloon. He pricked the end of his index finger and squeezed, creating a tiny pool of blood, then smeared …

How to measure a student’s progress: Concord among districts taking new approach

Saturday, November 28, 2015

On the day before Thanksgiving break at Souhegan High School, the pace of Jenny Deenik’s 10th grade science class still hadn’t slowed down. Tuesday’s assignment was a unit on photosynthesis and cell respiration. Deenik gave her students the background knowledge in a few past classes; then, she took …

Insanely fast teen sets Rubik’s cube world record at Maryland competition

Saturday, November 28, 2015

If you didn’t have your eye on the slight 14-year-old in the busy high school cafeteria, you might have missed the world record-setting feat altogether. One, two, three, four – and before he even hit the five-second mark, he was done. He had just worked a Rubik’s cube …

Graduates on trial: Lenders taking students to court over delinquent loans

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fall behind on your student loans these days and you could end up getting more than hectoring phone calls and threatening letters. Some lenders are taking more people to court, attorneys say. The number of lawsuits filed over …

Threat of explosive written on bathroom wall sends Pembroke Academy into lockdown

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A message scrawled in pencil on a Pembroke Academy bathroom wall, threatening the existence of an explosive device, sent the school into lockdown Thursday. Police cleared the building less than two hours after the message was found. A …

In Henniker, district officials put together school budget with increasingly slim resources

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The majority of New Hampshire schools are facing declining enrollments and a corresponding drop in state adequacy funding, and Henniker is no exception. But the answer isn’t to start slashing school staff positions, school board members said. It’s common refrain for people to say the budget is too …

Dartmouth fraternity under hazing investigation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Dartmouth College fraternity put on probation for hazing three years ago is under investigation again. The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon office said Monday it has ordered its Dartmouth chapter to suspend all activities while police, the college and the national organization investigate. It’s unclear when the alleged …