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Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly (seated) shakes hands with  Belmont High School Principal Dan Clary, who offered his congratulations after Connolly received the Charles A. Napoli Award as Secondary School Principal of the Year 2014 at the New Hampshire Association of School Principals' annual meeting at Church Landing in Meredith on Thursday, January 9, 2014. The two administrators used to work together at Concord High School.
(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

Concord High Principal Connolly announces ALS diagnosis

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly has been diagnosed with ALS, he said today in a letter distributed to members of the Concord educational community. He also announced he will stay on as principal despite the recent diagnosis. “I love my job here, and will continue to work and be a part of this great community for as long as … 0

NHTI cuts 14 positions to close $3 million shortfall

Monday, July 28, 2014

NHTI has cut its workforce by 14 positions and trimmed other expenses to close an expected budget gap of about $3 million, in a move that has been sharply derided by faculty. The expected 2015 budget gap announced yesterday is the result of increased expenses, primarily for payroll and benefits, and a decline in fall enrollment revenue. The plan trimmed 14 positions, including … 3

Students in St. Paul’s summer program not ready to say goodbye

Monday, July 28, 2014

St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program isn’t your average summer camp. For 5½ weeks this summer, 267 students from 76 New Hampshire high schools came to the Concord school to pursue their academic passions and get a taste of the social conventions they will experience when they go to college. In its 57th year, the program is for high-achieving New Hampshire students to earn … 1

Second Start graduates seven students

Friday, June 13, 2014

Jesse Mannion spent three years at Concord High School, but she had little desire to attend class because she was bullied and felt disinterested in the classwork. After two years of hard work at Second Start Alternative High School, she’ll finish with both a certificate from the program … 0

School board votes down Penacook Community Center offer for school

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Penacook Community Center is still in search of a bigger home after the Merrimack Valley School Board voted down its offer to buy the Washington Street School. The community center has shown interest in the school at 26 Washington St. as its programming has expanded, prompting a … 0

At untraditional graduation, Parker Academy students reflect on personal growth

Friday, June 13, 2014

It looked, in some ways, just like any other high school graduation. Just before 1 p.m. yesterday, a senior juggled flowers as she sped down a staircase to get ready for the event. Another held tightly to a … 1

Texting while driving is latest teen risk as smoking declines

Friday, June 13, 2014

While smoking among American teens has fallen to a 22-year low, most adolescents admit to engaging in a new type of risky behavior: texting while driving. About 60 percent of U.S. high school seniors say they have texted behind the wheel, according to the Centers for Disease Control … 0

Deaf salutatorian overcomes isolation, obstacles in Franklin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born hard of hearing, Carter Henry was never going to breeze to his goal of graduating near the top of his high school class. But by December, Carter had grinded his way to the No. 2 ranking by … 0

Obama holds up Mass. technical school as model for U.S.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Obama held up a revitalized New England technical school yesterday as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global workforce. At Worcester Technical … 0

Gates Foundation: Delay using test scores to evaluate teachers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Obama administration is resisting mounting calls for a moratorium on using student test scores to evaluate teachers, students and schools. On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to create, support and implement the Common Core State Standards, said states … 0

Ray Duckler: Administrators weigh in on a smoking topic

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

They might have felt like Red Auerbach, the late Celtics legend, while puffing on those cigars. In the end, though, they were more red-faced than anything else. I’m talking about the two high school lacrosse players in Massachusetts … 0

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers as unconstitutional yesterday, saying such laws harm students – especially poor and minority ones – by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost … 3

Quarter of NEC’s full-time faculty take early retirement

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

More than a quarter of the full-time undergraduate faculty at New England College has accepted voluntary, early retirement packages offered by the private, Henniker-based school. The early retirement option is one of several steps the college is taking to ensure it is innovative and sustainable over the long … 1