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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 …

Canterbury election filings see one contested race

Thursday, February 11, 2016

In the run up to town meeting day in March, Canterbury Town Clerk Ben Bynum posted a sample ballot to the municipal webpage this week. There’s only one contested race for 2016 – three people are looking to win the selectmen’s seat that Chairman Bob Steenson is vacating. Steenson has referenced the fact that he is not running for re-election during multiple selectmen’s …

Salisbury looks to study withdrawing from Merrimack Valley School District

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stung by a spike in taxes last year from the Merrimack Valley School District budget, residents in Salisbury will consider forming a study committee to remove their children from the district. A warrant article would form a committee to study liabilities and opportunities to the town that come with possible withdrawal, and that a feasibility report be submitted to the New Hampshire Board …

Trump and Sanders, two divergent candidates with a similar populist message

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the beginning of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, he was often spotted in airports, flying coach and carrying his own bags. Donald Trump flew to nearly all his campaign stops in his own Boeing 757 jet, complete with 24 …

Hassan picks Republican state senator from Weare to head banking department

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated Weare state Sen. Jerry Little to head the state’s banking department. “The New Hampshire Banking Department is critical to ensuring strong protections for New Hampshire’s citizens while also supporting a strong financial sector, which …

Boscawen’s budget proposal nearly flat

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Perhaps uncharacteristically for a budget hearing, the Boscawen Budget Committee presented its 2016 draft during a quiet, quick meeting Wednesday. Following an uncontested hour of review, budget committee Chairman Bill Murphy said, “The budget is relatively flat, and …

Kreis confirmed as New Hampshire Consumer Advocate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Executive Council has confirmed Donald Kreis as consumer advocate, a position that watches out for utility ratepayers. Kreis was a recommendation of the Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board, which conducted a search to fill the position as charged by statute. Gov. Maggie Hassan nominated him to the post …

Dunbarton petition articles to implement SB 2 face uphill battle

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dunbarton resident Eric Weiss thinks an SB 2 system of town meeting will be more convenient for voters and will increase voter turnout. But critics argue SB 2 undermines local democracy and invites uninformed voters to make decisions …

Polling postmortem: How predictable were notoriously fickle N.H. voters?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After Donald Trump’s surprise defeat in Iowa last week, journalists and political pundits alike seemed quick to temper predictions heading into the New Hampshire primary. Voters here are infamously late deciders, they cautioned, creating havoc for those in …

AP: Christie expected to drop out of race

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to drop out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary. That’s according to two people familiar with his plans, who spoke to …

Ray Duckler: How Hillary Clinton lost New Hampshire in eight years

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Granite Staters announced Tuesday night that they believe in Santa Claus. Robin Hood, too. Bernie Sanders, perceived as a politician who gift wraps idealism and robs from the rich to give to the poor, won the state’s hearts …

Dunbarton School District to host public hearing on SB 2 warrant article tonight

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

After nearly a decade off the warrant, Dunbarton residents in March will consider switching to a SB 2 meeting format for the town and school district. A petition article is on the town and school district warrants this year, and the school district will hold a public hearing …

Hotline established at 230-2503 to handle concerns about voting fraud, abuse

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The state has again established a hotline to handle concerns about fraud or abuse on primary day. The hotline, at 230-2503, will be active all day Tuesday for the presidential primary. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Concord, will oversee any complaints “in …