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Rundlett Middle School principal Tom Sica gets a haircut from David Caron of the New England School of Barbering while Kevin Ferry, 11, gets a trim from Noah Lorden during the Ready to Learn fair at Rundlett Middle School in Concord on August 20, 2014. “The biggest success was getting people to come and to get the supplies that they needed,” said Nicole Newman, who organized the event with fellow Rundlett paraprofessionals Lynn Reyes and Caroline Keane.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Search committee nominates Concord High principal finalist

Friday, February 12, 2016

Three and a half months after Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly announced he would be resigning, a search committee has chosen its finalist to replace him. Concord Superintendent Terri Forsten announced Thursday that the district’s principal search committee has nominated Tom Sica to head up Concord High School. Sica has been the principal at Rundlett Middle School for the …

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 …

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, …

Public school enrollments continue long, slow decline in Concord region

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The region’s long, slow decline in the number of public school students shows no sign of ending, judging from official enrollments for the new school year, and nobody expects that to change any time soon. In the past …

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 …