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Sue Blair, the new principal of Plainfield Elementary School, reads a poem to fifth and sixth grade students on the first day of school, on Aug. 28, 2014 in Meriden, N.H.
Valley News - Jennifer Hauck

‘My Focus Is on Kids First’

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Plainfield — Remember The Little Engine That Could, the children’s book about the tank engine that, while facing a tough task, chanted to itself, “I think I can, I think I can” until, suddenly, it could? The message behind that story, said newly minted Plainfield Elementary School Principal Susan Blair, summarizes much of her educational philosophy. “I think the most …

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 …

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 …

Cornish Considers Public Comment

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cornish — Townspeople will gather Thursday night to discuss public participation at School Board meetings, including a draft policy written by a resident as an alternative to one being considered by the board. Former town moderator Peter Burling said he wrote the policy “to try to bring people …

Thetford Center Resident Joins Upper Valley Educators Institute

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Thetford Center — Kristen Downey, of Thetford Center, has joined Upper Valley Educators Institute as associate director for secondary education. She will serve on UVEI’s faculty and assume primary responsibility for coordinating the pedagogical training of secondary education …

Upper Valley Students Score Well in Vermont Business Plan Competition

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Several local students were among the winners of a competition that challenges young people to develop their own creative business plans. Makayla Smith and Taylor Rocke, who attended River Valley Technical Center, won second place overall in the Vermont Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning High …

Volunteer Hours Tallied at Thetford Academy

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thetford — Among the 28 Thetford Academy students who served at least 20 hours of community service during the 2013-2014 academic year, juniors Claire Weider and Susannah Howard set the pace by volunteering the equivalent of more than five weeks each of their free time. In addition to …

Vt., N.H. On Top in Special Ed

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vermont and New Hampshire are among 15 states that meet new federal requirements for special education because they have comprehensive programs to help students with special needs and keep them in general-education classrooms, leading to better test results …

Hartford Track, Field Face the Ax

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hartford — For a new track and turf field to be constructed alongside the planned field house at Hartford High School, one of two things needs to happen by September: Either $1.5 million must be raised, in grants or donations, to offset the cost, or enough residents need …

Local and Regional News Briefs: Thursday, June 26

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dartmouth Names Interim Dean Hanover — Inge-Lise Ameer, a senior dean at Dartmouth College, will serve as interim head dean come August, a college press release announced Wednesday. She will replace Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson, who …

Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union Waits to Learn Fate

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Burlington — The State Board of Education voted 8-0 Tuesday to delay a decision on whether to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union until January but directed the Bethel-area school districts to work with the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union …

Mascoma Alters Bidding Policy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Canaan — The Mascoma Valley Regional School Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a revised bidding policy that raises the amount that must be spent before officials are required to obtain three competitive bids. The board did not debate the change — which increased the threshold for …

Supervisory Union Still in Limbo

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bethel — State education officials today are expected to again consider whether to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and move several of the Bethel-area towns into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union. But the State Board of Education, which is to meet this morning in Burlington, may also vote …