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Pronouncer Carolyn D'Aquila reads a word to speller Rebecca Bamidele, a Rundlett Middle School student, at the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.  Rebecca came in third place in the state spelling bee.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School student wins state bee for second year in a row

Saturday, February 28, 2015

They breezed through the spelling of “anachronism,” “minaret” and “dichotomy,” but were tripped up by “mozzarella,” “rendezvous” and “kuchen.” Slowly but steadily, children filed off the stage and rejoined their families in the audience, until just two remained. Contestants at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord participated in the New Hampshire Union Leader Spelling Bee yesterday afternoon, carefully …

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The House suspended floor debate on a Republican bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind yesterday afternoon, with party leaders saying they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier in the day, the chances for the education bill’s passage appeared uncertain, thanks to GOP defections among the party’s conservatives who said the plan did not …

Merrimack Valley School District has proposed budget decrease

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School District has proposed a $38.9 million operating budget for next year. The budget is down $391,010, or 1 percent, and includes no new programs or positions. The district’s annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook. Despite a $1.6 million total increase in state retirement contributions, health care and salary costs, …

Girls Inc. prepares for move to Eastman School next month

Saturday, January 10, 2015

They call it the everything room: snack time, yoga, science projects, video games, movies, crafts – you name it – it all takes place in one room used by Girls Inc. at the Green Street Community Center in …

Obama community college tuition plan said to cost $60 billion

Saturday, January 10, 2015

President Obama’s plan to provide a free community college education to millions of students would cost $60 billion over 10 years, according to a White House official. Obama was set to unveil the proposal Friday at a community college in Tennessee, which provides free tuition for community and …

UNH launching health law and policy program

Saturday, January 10, 2015

A health law and policy program is being launched at the University of New Hampshire, a collaboration between the UNH School of Law in Concord and the Durham-based College of Health and Human Services. Lucy Hodder, a health law attorney and legal counsel to Gov. Maggie Hassan, will …

Colleges fill more seats early, favoring richer students

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top colleges are filling more of their classes in early-admissions programs that favor affluent families, placing another barrier before poorer students hoping to better themselves through higher education. Families that need financial aid often wait for the regular round, which starts this month, so they can compare aid …

Hill voters to consider sending students to Newfound schools instead of Franklin

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hill residents will vote in March whether to send students to a school other than Franklin for the first time in more than 50 years. The Hill School Board voted last month to bring a tuition agreement with the Newfound Area School District forward at the annual meeting …

Dunbarton School Board to file appeal with state Supreme Court over AREA agreement with Goffstown

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Dunbarton School Board plans to file a notice of appeal next week with the New Hampshire Supreme Court in response to the state Board of Education’s final decision last month regarding the AREA agreement between the Dunbarton and Goffstown school districts. “We’re hoping that the Supreme Court …

Dozens of New Hampshire schools delay start by 2 hours

Friday, January 9, 2015

Dozens of schools in New Hampshire started classes later yesterday to cope with the bitter cold – with wind chill temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero. Many schools posted a two-hour delay and some kindergarten and pre-k classes were canceled altogether. Mark Joyce, executive director of …

The Scene: Students progress in competitions

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Area students have moved on to the next level in their academic clubs. The John Stark Quiz Bowl team earned a spot in this year’s Granite State Challenge after placing top ten at the Granite State College Super …

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The following students earned honors for the first trimester at Barnstead Elementary School. GRADE 8 HIGH HONORS: Hannah Robitaille, Rebekah Wheeler GRADE 8 HONORS: Cooper Adjutant, Madelyn Chase, Tyler Chase, Qun Li Fan, Emily Feinberg, Gabrielle Fossett, Haley Gagnon, Laura Hamel, Helen Johnson, Alexis Ladieu, Lanni McGrath, Cody …

The Scene: Sharing Spanish language and culture

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spanish Honor Society members from John Stark Regional High School came to the Henniker Community School in December to make presentations to 8th grade students in Mrs. Caplan’s Spanish class. This outreach is community service for the members, …