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Henniker Community School fifth grader Naomi Byers looks over the fruit selections as she goes through the line at the school cafeteria yesterday. The school board voted to let Cafe Services take over the lunches at the school.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Facing budget cuts, Henniker school board votes to privatize food service

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At the end of a tense Henniker School Board meeting Tuesday night, board members decided to privatize Henniker Community School’s food services. Faced with cutting more than $100,000 from this year’s budget, board members accepted a bid from New Hampshire-based company Cafe Services, which they estimated would save the school $28,000. The bid would employ four food service workers, one …

Local principal named as new superintendent of Franklin, Hill school districts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time since 2013, the Franklin and Hill school districts will have a full-time, permanent superintendent – at least for next year. Daniel LeGallo, currently the principal of Lamprey River Elementary School in Raymond, will begin as superintendent of SAU 18 on July 1. “I’m thrilled,” LeGallo said. “I’m really excited to get going. I think the sky is the limit.” …

Merrimack Valley School Board seeks board member, clerk

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School Board is looking to for a new clerk and board member. The open board member position must be filled by a Loudon resident, but residents in any of the school district’s five towns – Penacook, Loudon, Boscawen, Webster and Salisbury – are eligible to fill the position of clerk. Troy Cowan, a school board member from Loudon, resigned from …

No criminal charges for Beaver Meadow School principal in incident with student

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord elementary school principal put on administrative leave last month after an incident with a student will not face any criminal charges, the police said. The police have been investigating an incident in which Beaver Meadow School …

Prison guards accused of witness tampering, reckless conduct in Concord knife incident

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two state corrections officers have been indicted on felony charges accusing them of slicing a Concord halfway house inmate’s shirt and threatening to withhold medical care from him unless he reported that he had “cut himself.” The indictments, released yesterday, identify the officers as Robert Gauthier, 47, of …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and …

Hillsboro-Deering school evacuated due to unknown odor, some students get sick

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Authorities said Hillsboro-Deering High School in New Hampshire was evacuated due to an unknown odor in the building. At least two students said they felt sick yesterday morning and ambulances were called, but by midday, no major illnesses or injuries were reported. WMUR reported the Central New Hampshire …

Money for courthouse, women’s prison, State House repair in capital budget

Friday, May 22, 2015

An effort to keep the county courthouse downtown is fading away now that a key Senate committee approved funding for a new courthouse to be built off Hazen Drive. The Senate Capital Budget Committee approved the projects at …

Local runners Ham and Jennings continue their dominance

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Colton Ham of Webster and Concord’s Connor Jennings are familiar names in the local running community, and neither did anything to change that fact last night. Ham and Jennings finished one-two in the 13th edition of the Rock …

Food and dancing brings Concord’s international community together

Thursday, May 21, 2015

At the end of Concord High School’s third annual International Night, more than 100 students stood on the auditorium stage, singing “We Are the World” at the top of their lungs. About 10 students had started the song, …

Sewalls Falls Bridge finally out to bid; construction to start in July

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concord has officially put the long-awaited construction job on the Sewalls Falls Bridge out to bid. The city posted the invitation for bids yesterday, and any interested contractors must apply by June 19. Concord should hire a contractor and start construction in July, which keeps the project on …

Woman pleads guilty in botched sex act robbery that ended in double stabbing

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An 18-year-old Concord woman pleaded guilty yesterday to her role in a botched robbery last fall that ended in a double stabbing. Under a deal with prosecutors, Pierce Osgood of Warren Street was sentenced to 12 months in …

Concord police nab suspected bank robber

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Concord man has been arrested and charged with robbing the Bank of New Hampshire branch on North Main Street on Monday. Scott Lojko, 39, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at his home on Stone Street, the …