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Concord School Board finalizes budget and tax rate, votes on $8.6 million bond

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

After much discussion at a public hearing and special board meeting, the Concord School Board finalized the $74.17 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015 without making any adjustments to it last night. Before the board members voted on the final budget, they rescinded an August vote for bonding up to $8.6 million. In order to pass a budget that included changes, seven votes from board members were needed. Last night, the board considered including a $123,000 payment for food services to the 2015 budget but lacked the seven votes required to pass. Food services are funded for this fiscal year; the liability will be carried into next year’s budget process, when the board can …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed value, a 3.91 percent increase over the current year’s rate. The school board approved a …

N.H. students asked to write ‘Letters About Literature’

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire students in grades 4 through 12 are being encouraged to write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or of themselves. The “Letters About Literature” contest is nationally sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Entries for grades 9-12 must be postmarked no later than …

Facing ALS, Concord High Principal Gene Connolly stays upbeat

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Gene Connolly still greets visitors to Concord High School with a smile and a handshake, and his eyes still widen when he talks about the start of a new school year. Connolly, Concord High School’s longtime principal, was …

CHS community organizing homecoming ALS walk for Connolly

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The office staff at Concord High School has fielded one question more than any other this summer. “What can we do? What can we do to help Gene,” said Lisa Lamb, Principal Gene Connolly’s longtime administrative assistant. The question has been posed countless times in emails, on the …

States get leeway in using students’ test results to evaluate teachers

Friday, August 22, 2014

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Thursday announced a plan to allow states to delay using student standardized test results on teacher performance evaluations, a move widely seen as an effort to calm tension between Duncan and the nation’s educators. Duncan said the delay will allow states “to …

PHOTOS: Science fun at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Educator John Parodi (left) of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord describes the Apollo 11 lunar landing for (from right) Karen Tardif, Emma O’Neill, 11, and Reagan O’Neill, 9, all of Laconia, yesterday. Parodi pointed out the location …

Concord School Board expected to vote on $8.6M bonds Monday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Monday, the Concord School Board is expected to vote on the issuance of up to $8.6 million in bonds for major capital projects. The public hearing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the high school library on …

PHOTO: Fair equips students for school at Rundlett in Concord

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Students picking up their packets for the new school year at Rundlett Middle School in Concord could also pick up a new backpack, a full lunch bag, clothing, school supplies, toiletries and books at the Ready to Learn …

Poll: Common Core loses support

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A year ago, the term Common Core meant little to the American public. But today, a vast majority of people in the country are familiar with the nationwide educational standards – and most of them oppose the initiative touted by the Obama administration, a new survey shows. The …

Business development center adds minicourses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The University of New Hampshire and other partners have created a series of free, extremely short, online courses aimed at teaching entrepreneurs about social media. The new minicourses last up to 15 minutes each and cover three topics: “Pinterest for Business,” “Mobile Marketing” and “Instagram for Business.” They’re …

A look at some changes for local school districts

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Many students will head back to area schools by the middle of next week to begin a new year. To give readers a sense of some of the leadership changes that took place at schools over the summer, …

Taxpayers, school board in Chichester add odds over stipends

Friday, August 15, 2014

A much-deserved bonus for hardworking teachers or a betrayal of the public trust by the school board? The answer depends largely on who you ask in Chichester, where a group of residents is crying foul over the school board’s approval of a one-time stipend for teachers, months after …