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Vandals key cars outside NHGOP event at Concord High; attendee carrying gun draws heat from school board
04-15-2024 4:17 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Vandals keyed the cars of at least 10 members of the state Republican Party while the group held its biennial convention inside Concord High School on Saturday. “There’s already too much vitriol in partisan politics,” Party Chair Chris Ager said. Ager...

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Concord city-schools committee revived, will meet for first time in 2 years
04-16-2024 4:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the close of their budget planning seasons and with a mounting list of major construction projects between them, a joint committee between city and school district leaders — including both Concord and Merrimack Valley — will reconvene this...


Citizen’s group threatens Concord School Board autonomy over middle school decision
04-03-2024 4:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A group of activists upset about the Concord School Board’s decision not to rebuild a potential new middle school at the current site have issued an ultimatum: reverse the vote or risk losing your autonomy.At Monday’s board meeting, Charlie Russell of...


In budget cut aftermath, Concord School Board takes — and dishes — criticism
04-02-2024 5:31 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Five Concord elementary school teachers were told last week they’d lose their positions at the end of this year.While the district budget approved by the Concord School Board for next year did not include outright teacher layoffs, the board knew these...


Concord School Board calls on lawmakers to increase state education funding
04-02-2024 5:07 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Concord joined a growing number of school districts across the state Monday calling on lawmakers to increase state funding for education.The school board’s resolution, which passed unanimously, asks legislators to support a school funding system in...


State lawmakers progress competing school building aid legislation
03-30-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A bill boosting the state’s school building aid program by introducing a funding minimum and removing its cap passed the New Hampshire House Thursday evening, though it faces tough odds in the Senate.With designs underway for a new middle school, the...


School Board approves $107.9 million budget
03-28-2024 4:22 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Despite some pushback from the teacher’s union, the Concord School Board stayed the course on plans it made Monday to reduce the number of teaching positions in elementary schools to keep pace with a shrinking student population. The board voted 8-1...


Concord School Board to finalize budget Wednesday
03-26-2024 4:58 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Eliminating elementary teaching positions and a proposed middle school resource officer, while including a new math interventionist and world language teachers at Rundlett, the Concord School Board made a balance of cuts and additions to its draft...


Concord residents continue to raise concerns over middle school police officer position
03-24-2024 7:19 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The debate surrounding the school resource officer position at Rundlett Middle School continued during the Concord school budget hearing on Wednesday, drawing concerned community members eager to voice their apprehensions about the role.The school...


From tuition to teachers, how declining enrollment is shaping the school district budget
03-22-2024 4:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

As the number of school-aged children in Concord drops and more families choose educational options outside public school, the Concord School District has seen a long pattern of declining enrollment.On the backdrop of shrinking elementary school class...


Should Rundlett have a school resource officer?
03-19-2024 5:55 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A proposal from Rundlett Principal Jay Richard to add a school resource officer at the middle school — costing roughly $100,000 — has met resistance from school board members and parent.Richard and other administrators argued that adding the position...


School board weighs school resource officer, teaching supports in proposed 1.8% budget increase
03-16-2024 12:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord School Board will hold public hearings on Monday and Wednesday next week to gather community input on its proposed budget. In the preliminary budget, the general fund — 95% of school spending — would increase about $1.78 million, or 1.67%,...


‘Stronger in different ways’: For the first time, CRTC’s emergency services program has mostly female students
03-09-2024 1:08 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In every other class they attended, they were known to their teachers and fellow students as Adyson, Ruth, Ava, Olivia, Lillian, and Addison. But to each other — inside a maze mimicking a burning house, blindfolded as they navigated a narrow passage...


Superintendent nixes proposal to consolidate Mill Brook and Broken Ground principals
03-05-2024 6:36 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After pushback from teachers, Concord Superintendent Kathleen Murphy withdrew a plan to combine the principal positions at Mill Brook and Broken Ground elementary schools next year.“I received a lot of feedback from staff and other folks, and upon...


Footing the bill: Deerfield secures school choice beyond Concord High
03-04-2024 5:15 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Deerfield voters said they wanted more choices for the town’s high-school-aged students. A year later, with tuition agreements finalized and approved for three area schools, they’ll get it – at a steep price. “What we were saying last year is that...


Rundlett in review: Eight years of discussions about size, location and cost of a new middle school
03-02-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN and MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A petition asking the Concord School Board to revisit its decision to locate a new middle school on the East Side has garnered almost 800 signatures, yet the chance of another vote remains dim.Few school board members have expressed a desire to reopen...


Teachers resist plan to combine Mill Brook, Broken Ground principals
02-27-2024 4:43 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Teachers at Broken Ground and Mill Brook elementary schools are pushing back against a proposal by Superintendent Kathleen Murphy to combine their principal positions at the end of this school year. “We need more boots on the ground, not less. We need...


‘A moving target’: How does state school building aid work? And how much can the middle school project expect?
02-24-2024 11:30 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In a best-case scenario, the Concord School District would receive no more than $32 million – less than half of what it asked for – in state money for the middle school project due to changes to the school building aid program taking effect this...


New fields, track, bleachers and field house – Memorial Field designs include long list of upgrades
02-23-2024 11:20 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Like any former Concord High graduate, Dalton Mutz knows the limitations of Memorial Field. With poor drainage after rain, the facility has garnered the nickname “the swamp." Mutz, who ran track and graduated in 2018, decided to move back to Concord...


Middle school design contract approved for $10.3M
02-06-2024 5:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord School Board members say the $176 million price tag for a new middle school is just an estimate – but they’re already using that figure to calculate some hard costs for the project. On Monday night, the board approved a $10.3 million contract...


Despite approval of new middle school location, Concord residents still questioning the cost
01-16-2024 8:49 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Lying awake in the middle of the night, Chris O’Connor felt physically sick. He had one number he couldn’t get out of his mind: $176 million – the approved cost of a new middle school in Concord.In December, the Concord School Board voted to build a...

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