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Shaker Regional School District has proposals to switch to SB 2, raze Gale School

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Shaker Regional School Board will present a warrant that includes articles for a $21,739,870 operational budget, a move to SB 2 town voting, approval of a collective bargaining agreement and $71,000 to raze the Gale School. SAU 80 includes Canterbury Elementary School and Belmont elementary, middle and high schools. Voters will be presented with a $60,334, or 0.28 percent, operational budget increase from 2015-16. It’s estimated to require a …

Reported use of cigarettes and alcohol down sharply in N.H. schools, but e-cigarette use is soaring

Friday, February 5, 2016

New Hampshire high school students are using much less alcohol and tobacco than they did a decade ago, while their use of illegal drugs has not declined nearly as much, according to the latest in a series of statewide surveys on risky teen behavior. But it’s the relatively new phenomenon of electronic cigarettes, …

Merrimack Valley School District: We are now compliant with all election laws

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Mark Hutchins opened a public budget hearing recently by acknowledging the district has been violating state election laws for decades. Now they’re fixing it. “You’ll notice on the warrant article a couple of different things,” Hutchins said. “We are electing the moderator by ballot vote. In the past, we’ve done it from the floor – as long as …

Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly says declining health spurs resignation

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly announced Tuesday he will resign from his post at the end of the year, capping a 14-year run at the school’s helm. Connolly was diagnosed with ALS last year but has continued …

Concord School Board lowers tax rate, increases budget

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Concord School Board added $590,000 to its current yearly budget but was still able to decrease its portion of the city’s tax rate. On Monday night, the board unanimously voted to set the school district’s tax rate at 3.94 percent, down from the previous rate of 4.79 …

School board candidate Maureen Redmond-Scura wants to be a voice for Concord taxpayers

Sunday, October 25, 2015

When Maureen Redmond-Scura first moved to Concord, she was drawn in part by the quality of the city’s schools. At that time, Concord was all over national news because of Christa McAuliffe, the young teacher who died in …

With years of experience on Concord School Board, Clint Cogswell isn’t done yet

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Clint Cogswell is no stranger to the Concord School District. The 70-year-old Cogswell is the current school board president, has served on the board for years, and worked for many years as a teacher and principal in the …

A young incumbent, Nathan Fennessy plans to continue the work he’s started

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Nathan Fennessy has only been on the Concord School Board about four months, but it’s kept him busy. Fennessy, who ran and lost in last year’s school board race, joined the board in June after former member Oliver …

Concord School Board candidate Matthew Valle wants to put the focus on Concord’s buildings

Sunday, October 25, 2015

With an engineering background, school board candidate’s Matthew Valle’s main interests include keeping Concord’s facilities in good shape. “I really think there’s got to be a hard look at what we need to do to provide for our …

Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The number of standardized tests U.S. public school students take has exploded in the past decade, with most schools requiring too many tests of dubious value, according to the first comprehensive survey of the nation’s largest school districts. A typical student takes 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kindergarten …

UConn student no longer enrolled following mac and cheese tussle

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A University of Connecticut spokeswoman says a 19-year-old man is no longer enrolled at the school after going on a drunken, obscenity-laced tirade against food service workers for refusing to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese. Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said Wednesday that Luke Gatti, a former freshman from …

Dartmouth College gets $925K cybersecurity grant

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire has received nearly $1 million as part of a push to create and foster cyberattack-resistant systems for electric power and oil and gas industries. The Valley News reports the money is coming from the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium as part of its …