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Unity Elementary School Principal Chip Baldwin hugs Sergio Pritchett, 13, of Unity, as Keith Lessard, of Manchester, N.H., fixes his wheelchair in the principal's office of the new school building in Unity, N.H., on August 26, 2014. Baldwin joked that Sergio, who will be in eighth grade this year, was the first student sent to the principal's office. The school is scheduled to open on September 8. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

Unity School Nearly Ready

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Unity — After years of waiting, what’s a few more days? That was the sentiment in Unity this week after the School Board announced a delay to the beginning of the inaugural year in the town’s new K-8 elementary school. The opening of the building — which has been plagued by controversy, lengthy delays and cost overruns — will be …

Unity Elementary School Delays Opening

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unity — The School Board decided Tuesday night to delay the opening of the new elementary school to Monday, Sept. 8, which is four school days later than planned. Principal Chip Baldwin said Tuesday night that a few parents told the board they wanted the school to be completely cleaned and ready for teachers and students and thought that more time was needed …

Welcome Aboard

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Renata Walker works on a chalk drawing of a Viking ship to accompany the Norse mythology lesson she has planned for her fourth-grade class at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee. School begins at the Upper Valley Waldorf School next Tuesday; however, a number of schools begin classes this week. Valley News …

Stevens High to Open Sept. 10; Renovations Delay Start of School Year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Claremont — The ongoing renovations at Stevens High School have forced the district to delay opening of the school for grades 9-12 until Wednesday, Sept. 10, two weeks later than originally scheduled. School officials said several factors associated with the major overhaul led to the decision. An air …

Stevens a Work in Progress: School Year Brings New Leader, Ongoing Renovations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Claremont — Though she begins her first year next week as principal of Stevens High School in the midst of a major renovation, Patricia Barry will gladly accept the short-term disruption for the long term benefit to the …

Lebanon College To Close; School Cancels Fall Classes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lebanon — Following years of economic turmoil, Lebanon College has canceled all of its classes for the upcoming fall semester in what is likely “the first step towards closing” the school, President Ron Biron said in an email Monday evening. “Without a substantive increase in enrollment across the …

Holcombe Defends Vt. Schools

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Virtually every public school in Vermont has been labeled as “low-performing” under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, and the state’s secretary of education is outraged. But Rebecca Holcombe is not angry about the seemingly poor …

Cornish Revises Comment Period

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cornish — Despite opposition from several Cornish residents, the School Board on Monday passed a resolution revising the board’s policy on public participation, removing language from the old policy that encouraged public input at board meetings. More than 30 people attended the meeting, and according to Glenn Thornton, …

S. Royalton, VLS Mourn Ex-President

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Geoffrey B. Shields had a rare gift for paying attention. Students remember the affable former dean of Vermont Law School hiking with them to Kent’s Ledge and hosting dinners with his wife, Genie. They remember …

Stitching Up Childhood Friends

Friday, August 1, 2014

Windsor — When I heard about Sue Spears’ new teddy bear clinic at the Windsor Public Library, I immediately wanted to take my childhood teddy bear, Pink Bear, to Spears, so she could work her magic. When I …

Boards Weigh Closing Elementary Schools in Barnard, Bridgewater

Friday, August 1, 2014

Woodstock — School boards in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union are expected to hear more information in coming weeks about a plan to close two of the district’s elementary schools, a consolidation that would leave Barnard and Bridgewater without a public school within their towns and reconfigure the …

Cornish Combines Elementary Grades

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cornish — The School Board voted this month to reconfigure the Cornish Elementary School class grades — combining grades one and two, as well as three and four — following the departure of a teacher to another school district. The board had previously voted to combine grades two, …

River Valley Community College to Present Award to Hypertherm Exec

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claremont — For her years of support of efforts to train and employ graduates of River Valley Community College in Claremont, and to generally widen access to job training, the school will confer its Walter R. Peterson Award on Hypertherm’s Barbara Couch. Couch, Hypertherm’s vice president of corporate …