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Spencer Carney, left, watches classmate Ian Zaczyk works on a tire in the garage at the Concord Regional Technical Center at Concord High School. The two are headed to a national competition in Detroit, where they will compete for the title of best high school auto technicians in the country.

(IAIN WILSON / Monitor staff)

Young Concord mechanics will vie for the title of ‘top student auto technicians’ in Michigan next week

Saturday, May 30, 2015

As a kid, Ian Zaczyk learned to fiddle with farming equipment in Bow. Classmate Spencer Carney of Hopkinton learned his stuff by working on his friend’s old racing cars. Together, the two seniors at the Concord Regional Technical Center form a formidable team. At last month’s state finals at the New England Dragway in Epping, the two were faster than …

Financial literacy fair gives students a taste of adulthood, budgeting

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hunter David wants to become an electrical engineer. It’s a decent job that will pay him about $60,000 a year, but still about $5,000 below the state’s median family income. While Hunter, a 14-year-old student at Bow Memorial School still has a lot of work – and school – to complete before he …

Rundlett Middle School mourns loss of student

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A sixth-grader at Concord’s Rundlett Middle School died Wednesday night after a medical emergency, according to a statement from school officials. The girl needed to go to the hospital for a medical emergency earlier in the day, according to a letter Rundlett Middle School Principal Tom Sica sent to students’ families yesterday morning. …

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 …

Kearsarge selects next superintendent

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Kearsarge Regional School Board has selected its pick for superintendent. Out of two finalists, the board chose Winfried Feneberg, currently the superintendent in Windham, to replace outgoing Superintendent Jerry Frew. The other finalist was Bow High School Principal John House-Myers. School board Chairman Ken Bartholomew said both …

Hopkinton’s Beech Hill School receives $1.3 million donation

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Beech Hill School in Hopkinton just got a big financial boost. A $1.3 million boost, to be precise. As of last week, the independent middle school received the money to pay off their start-up debt. “The first time I said it out loud I said it to …

Incoming Concord superintendent will earn more than predecessor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The new Concord School District superintendent will start out earning more than her predecessor. Incoming Superintendent Terry Forsten’s starting salary will be $137,000 per year, according to her contract. That’s nearly $2,500 more than the annual salary of …