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Education

Franklin schools get slice of $9.75M for mental health training

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Franklin-Hill School District is one of three in the state that will split a $9.75 million federal grant for mental health training and education. The amount of money the district will receive from the federal Department of Health and Human Services wasn’t immediately available, but the grant will pay for mental health counselors at three schools, said Superintendent Robert McKenney. “We’re expecting all kinds of good things to happen,” …

Concord School Board finalizes budget and tax rate, votes on $8.6 million bond

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After much discussion at a public hearing and special board meeting, the Concord School Board finalized the $74.17 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015 without making any adjustments to it last night. Before the board members voted on the final budget, they rescinded an August vote for bonding up to $8.6 million. In order to pass a budget that included changes, seven …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed value, a 3.91 percent increase over the current year’s rate. The school board approved a …

Concord schools superintendent Chris Rath to retire this year

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Concord Superintendent of Schools Chris Rath announced Thursday that she will retire from the superintendent’s job at the end of this school year, according to a press release. In a letter written to Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord School Board, Rath said she has witnessed a lot …

Software better connects schools, police

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Hampshire schools and police departments are getting better connected thanks to a statewide school safety initiative. Gov. Maggie Hassan joined the Londonderry Police Department, school officials and the director of the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office yesterday to launch the initiative, which is aimed at …

Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the …

Wesleyan orders fraternities to become coed

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wesleyan University in Connecticut yesterday ordered its fraternities with houses on campus to become coeducational within three years, a move it says is not just about bad behavior but also equality. Wesleyan follows Trinity College in Hartford, which began the transition starting in 2012, citing problems with drinking …

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation …

Thirty percent of Virginia schools fall short of standards

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle with more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said yesterday that 555 out of the state’s 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks on the …

New approach to suicide prevention debuts at John Stark Regional High School

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Last week, students in health classes at John Stark Regional High School in Weare received cards with a piece of advice spelled out clearly at the top: “Some Secrets Should be Shared.” Part of a new program on suicide prevention, the cards go on to explain: “If you …

CCSNH dips into reserves for $2.5 million for“strategic initiatives” in 2015

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Community College System of New Hampshire’s central office has been given the okay to use $2.53 million in reserve funds to cover “previously unbudgeted expenses for fiscal year 2015,” including five new positions in the chancellor’s office and a project to improve the system’s technology infrastructure. The …

Dartmouth theme housing includes Harry Potter

Saturday, September 13, 2014

From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College. Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing. The new options are in …

Pittsfield School District nominated for $100,000 grant

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Pittsfield School District has been nominated for the Larry O’Toole Award, an annual leadership award given by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation “to an individual or organization that has exhibited great leadership through innovation or courage in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward,” according to its website. …