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Internal emails reveal UNH administrators’ desire to quell pro-Palestine ‘encampment’ ahead of graduation
05-25-2024 5:01 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day before a pro-Palestine protest at the University of New Hampshire earlier this month, a staff member in the university’s Office of Student Life passed on to administrators that he got word of a “plan to engage in encampment,” according to an...

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Rivendell superintendent departure adds to district’s challenges
05-20-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — In the latest of a series of challenges Rivendell Interstate School District, the superintendent of the small district resigned last week.Superintendent Barrett Williams, who will become the principal of Strafford’s Newton School this summer,...


Upper Valley school notes for May 20
05-19-2024 2:57 PM

Secondary accomplishmentsLebanon High School senior Ryle Isuga has been named the Lebanon School District’s May student of the month. Isuga is a musician and athlete at the high school, according to a news release from the school district. He performs...


UNH Faculty Senate calls on university to investigate police response to protest
05-15-2024 4:30 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

The University of New Hampshire’s Faculty Senate passed a resolution Monday calling on the university to conduct an investigation of its police response to a May 1 pro-Palestine protest. The resolution came 12 days after UNH police arrested a dozen...


In spite of budget defeat, Newport School Board approves pay raises for nonunion employees
05-12-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The School Board last week voted 4-1 to make adjustments in the budget for the upcoming year and award nonunion employees of the school district a 2.5% raise.The adjustments, which totaled about $146,800 in salary, Social Security and...


Sharon voters turn back proposal to renovate school
05-08-2024 1:15 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

SHARON — A $9.5 million bond for repairs and upgrades to Sharon Elementary School was rejected by voters Tuesday, 271-220.With 41% of eligible voters participating, residents defeated the ballot measure that would have approved a 20-year loan through...


Oxbow voters approve school budget
05-07-2024 4:00 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — Voters Monday evening approved a $21 million budget for the Oxbow Unified Union School District, 110-58.The district includes Newbury, Vt. and Bradford elementary schools, Oxbow High School and the River Bend Technical...


UNH faculty and students call on university police chief to resign following his alleged assault on a student
05-07-2024 2:25 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Five days after police arrested 12 pro-Palestinian protesters at the University of New Hampshire, students and faculty called for the resignation of university Police Chief Paul Dean after they say he assaulted a student while responding to last...


Norwich author and educator sees schools as a reflection of communities
05-03-2024 10:01 PM

By ALEX HANSON

By his own account, Ken Cadow was a reluctant student.His father had been a teacher, but went to work at IBM to earn enough to raise a family. Cadow grew up mostly in Rhode Island.“I learned a lot of stuff with my dad in the shop,” Cadow said in a...


Colby-Sawyer names interim president
05-02-2024 4:30 PM

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College on Thursday named an interim president for the 2024-2025 academic year.Laura Sykes, a member of the 1998 graduating class, will be the first alumna of the New London school to hold its top leadership position. Sykes...


House committee weighs bill that would require teachers to answer parents’ questions
04-23-2024 4:00 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

At a parent-teacher conference a decade ago, Tina Kim Philibotte learned her child was gay.The disclosure took Philibotte — a self-described progressive and now one of four public school diversity, equity, inclusion and justice administrators in New...


Some families find freedom with Newport microschool
04-19-2024 8:03 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NEWPORT — Tucked in the basement of Newport’s Epiphany Episcopal Church, Micah Studios is a newcomer to the Upper Valley’s alternative education landscape.Founded in the fall of 2023 by two educators disillusioned with the town’s public school system,...


Through new school partnerships, CRREL seeks to educate young scientists
04-17-2024 6:01 PM

By NICOLA SMITH

LYME — On a raw, not-quite-spring New England afternoon, four seventh and eighth graders in the New Hampshire Academy of Science’s (NHAS) after-school program clustered around a computer, choosing images of orchids for a poster they’re designing to...


Strafford voters approve school budget
04-16-2024 6:04 PM

STRAFFORD — Voters approved all warned articles and elected two School Board members in uncontested races in ballot voting on Tuesday.In a vote of 182-113, voters approved a $4.1 million school budget, which is expected to result in education spending...


First Branch voters approve school budget
04-16-2024 6:01 PM

TUNBRIDGE — Voters in the two-town First Branch Unified School District approved an operating budget of $8.4 million at a floor meeting on Monday night.In a paper ballot vote, 84 voted for the budget and 62 voted no.The budget is up from last year’s...


Hartford voters approve school budget and building repair bond
04-16-2024 5:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — Voters approved the school district’s $51 million budget, as well as a $21 million bond for facilities repairs in Australian ballot voting Monday.The budget passed 728-622, or about 54% to 46%.The bond passed more narrowly, 712-634, or...


Canaan Elementary School has new principal
04-15-2024 2:17 PM

CANAAN — A longtime New Jersey-based elementary educator has been appointed as Canaan Elementary School’s new principal. Jody Viereck is currently an adjunct professor and clinical practice supervisor at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., according...


Haverhill-area schools have new superintendent
04-10-2024 1:28 PM

HAVERHILL — SAU 23 has chosen a new superintendent, who will start July 1. Dolores Fox will replace outgoing Superintendent Laurie Melanson, who is retiring in June, according to a news release from the district, which includes the Upper Valley towns...


Dresden becomes first New Hampshire school district to adopt gun storage resolution
04-02-2024 7:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The Dresden School District, which includes Hanover High School, has become the first in New Hampshire to adopt a secure firearm storage resolution.The decision commits the district to sharing information and encouraging conversations about...


Strafford school principal heads to Windsor
03-31-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

STRAFFORD — The Newton School is searching for a new principal following Tracy Thompson’s February announcement that she will not return after this school year ends in June.But Strafford’s loss is Windsor’s gain. Thompson has been hired as the Windsor...


Dartmouth graduate student union stages walkout as bargaining talks falter
03-27-2024 6:56 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

HANOVER — In February, unionized graduate student-workers at Dartmouth decided that if they continued to feel that the college was stalling on contract negotiations, they’d walk off the job.They weren’t bluffing. On Wednesday at noon, more than 150...

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