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Students and parents ask Concord School Board to maintain Capitol Center partnership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuesday night, Nick Skafidas was on stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts playing the trumpet in what he feared could be his last concert at the venue. To make sure he can play there next year, the Concord High School junior spoke at the Concord School Board’s budget hearing last night and urged the board to maintain the district’s partnership with the theater. “We really do love the Capitol Center and what it provides for us,” he said. Skafidas spoke at the meeting on behalf of about 300 people – mostly students and parents – who had signed their names in support of keeping the partnership. The school board, which will approve the …

PHOTOS: Trout in the Classroom at Henniker Community School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henniker Community School seventh-grade science classes are participating in the Trout in the Classroom project, a program supported by Trout Unlimited and New Hampshire Fish and Game. The students are raising trout from the larva stage (sac fry) to juvenile fish in the classroom and will release them later this spring. They are …

Former governor Merrill steps down from Rudman Center Board of Advisors

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A second member of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy’s Board of Advisors has resigned. Former governor Steve Merrill resigned yesterday, according to the University of New Hampshire. His resignation followed that of Portsmouth lawyer Stephen Tober. Both are close friends of former executive director John Broderick, who cited a lack of support from UNH when he resigned …

All John Stark Regional School District warrant articles move forward at deliberative session

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Residents had no objections to the John Stark Regional School District’s warrant at Thursday night’s deliberative session. “Everything passed right through,” said school board Chairman Mark Zuckerman. “No amendments, no objections to anything.” Voters in the district, which includes Henniker and Weare, will be considering a proposed budget …

Gilmanton School District seeks modular classrooms

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Gilmanton School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade, is looking for more space. Hoping to respond to a growing number of students in younger grades, the district is again asking voters to approve the installation of modular classrooms at the school. The total cost of …

Deerfield School District to ask voters whether to stay with Common Core

Friday, February 6, 2015

A petition warrant article in the Deerfield School District is proposing a curriculum change that other New Hampshire districts have also considered: opting out of Common Core. If passed, this article says Deerfield would “immediately discontinue participation in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced …

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 …