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Deb Urbaitis talks with Henniker police chief Ryan Murdough, as her third grader son Levi anxiously waits to get to the Henniker Community School Wednesday on the first day of school. His brother Sam waves at the chief on top of his father Todd's shoulder. On the left is crossing guard Carrie Dionne. Deb Urbaitis is the school board chair as well as being on the John Stark school board. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom on Wednesday, while other school districts in the Concord area open next week. Labor falls late this year, on Sept. 7. Here’s …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s national president suspended the chapter. But ODU was hardly the only place where students spray-painted …

N.H. schools seek to address mental health issues among students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

High school officials are rolling out programs to help combat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among New Hampshire students. Exeter High School Principal Jim Tremblay told the Portsmouth Herald students will see new mental health services this year to combat what he describes as an uptick in those issues. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Office says 1 in 5 adolescents will experience …

UMass Amherst takes new steps to comply with Iranian sanctions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Massachusetts’s flagship public university confirmed that it won’t ban Iranian nationals from certain graduate programs as it initially said it would do this year but instead will unroll several new measures to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. …

Citing state budget, officials raise tuition at New Hampshire’s universities

Monday, June 29, 2015

After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and …

Faculty, students worry about the effects of most recent community college layoffs

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last month, the news of another round of faculty cuts at three of New Hampshire’s community colleges – White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia – sparked a fresh wave of controversy. Community College System of …

After retirement, Rath isn’t done teaching or learning

Sunday, June 28, 2015

During her last week at work, retiring Concord Superintendent Chris Rath wasn’t slowing down one bit. On Monday morning, Rath was busy cleaning her large, sunny room in the district’s central office. It was a daunting task, because …

Concord School District to stay on with Concord Steam

Monday, June 22, 2015

Concord School District officials said Monday night they will continue to do business with struggling company Concord Steam Corp., even with the city and state looking elsewhere for cheaper energy. At Monday night’s finance committee meeting of the Concord School Board, district Business Administrator Jack Dunn said officials …

Franklin City Council approves open enrollment plan, with two adjustments

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Franklin School District will become the first open enrollment district in the state July 1, following a vote by the Franklin City Council on Monday night to approve the district’s plan. The plan approved by the council has two amendments to it, slightly changing the plan the …

Deal struck to keep Virginia’s Sweet Briar College open

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office announced Saturday night that an agreement has been reached to keep Sweet Briar College open next year. The agreement, which requires court approval, involves a $12 million commitment from an alumnae group and permission from the attorney general to release $16 million …

Pittsfield High graduates found their voice in guiding school

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Even at the lectern in front of a crowd, Quinn Boyce is gregarious. He cracked jokes from the stage during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Pittsfield Middle High School, standing behind the lectern with a grin on his face. …

As college costs rise, more high school graduates opt for two-year schools

Sunday, June 21, 2015

As students from the class of 2015 take their first steps toward life beyond high school, they will be headed in many different directions. The majority will go on to two-year or four-year colleges, but a closer look at the lists of high school graduates shows a steady …

Concord High School graduates pay tribute and look forward to giving back

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Before Concord High School seniors walked across the stage on Memorial Field to receive their diplomas and shake hands with Principal Gene Connolly, the soon-to-be graduates were reminded of the significance behind those long sought-after pieces of paper. …