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Dartmouth Promotes New Policy; Administrators Hold Forum On New Sexual Assault Stance

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hanover — The outside investigators that Dartmouth College has proposed to hire to look into complaints of sexual assault would be made up of three or four people from the Upper Valley, with lawyers, law enforcement professionals or others with experience conducting similar investigations at other institutions being considered. The college is still in the process of identifying candidates, said Robert Donin, who is general counsel for the college. He …

Mascoma Board Defies Critics With Construction Committee

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canaan — Tempers flared at Tuesday night’s Mascoma Regional School District School Board meeting after the board rejected a motion, 4-2, to establish a five-member building committee to oversee the high school renovation project. The motion was made by Kimberly Depelteau-Tracey, of Canaan, a vocal opponent of the $21.5 million bond that voters approved in March, and seconded by Wayne Morrison, also of …

Young Writers: Time for Rhymes

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). Support: YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, go to youngwritersproject.org/support. Next …

Rivendell District’s Budget Approved

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Orford — In an efficient hour-long meeting, voters from the four communities of the Rivendell Interstate School District approved a budget of $9.8 million from the gym floor at Rivendell Academy on Tuesday evening. Also by voice vote, attendees said ‘yes’ to a $50,000 allocation for a capital …

Unity Residents Split on Bond to Finish School

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Unity — Mixed opinions at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting portends a divided house Saturday at the annual school meeting when residents will decide whether to approve a $2.75 million bond to finish the new K-8 elementary school. Some of the roughly 50 people at the board meeting …

At Some Schools, Mindfulness Spreads the Calm

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Erica Eihl speaks in a voice that her kindergartners can hear only if they are as quiet as the church mice in children’s storybooks. And with a couple of squirrelly exceptions, they stay that quiet …

A Study in Contrasts from Young Writers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). YWP is supported by this newspaper and …

Anticipating Changes in the SAT: Will It Be Better for Students?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When the College Board announced changes to the SAT earlier this month, it was widely understood as an attempt to make the test more relevant to students who take it and more useful to admissions officers who weigh …

Getting Dramatic in Cornish

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In the first photograph, Cornish Elementary students, from left, Kaitlyn Merrihew, Kylee Peck, Charlie Cloud, Chloe Thompson and Aby Panther rehearse a scene from Alice in Wonderland at the school last week. Around 40 students participated in the …

Royalton Honor Roll Announced

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

South Royalton School has announced the second-quarter honor roll. High Honors: Alexander Berk, Marguerite Dakin, Raven Hudson, Rebecca Paige, Callie Wuttke (grade 12); Larissa Stride (grade 11); Channing George, Mackinley George, Cora Honigford, Rhiannon Howe, Nils Rupprecht (grade 10); Emily Ballou, Michael Hemond, Chaniyah Lawrence, Maeve Naumann, Stephen …

Hartford Board Eyes Bond Revote

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hartford — The School Board did not make a decision Monday night on how to spend the roughly $1.5 million left under the joint recreation bond that voters approved during Town Meeting last year. And it might not have to. After a lengthy and occasionally intense debate between …

VTC Adds Two New Agriculture Programs

Monday, March 17, 2014

Randolph — Vermont Technical College has added two agriculture programs through its Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems. The Summer Diversified Agriculture Program and the Cold Climate Viticulture Series will be offered for the first time this spring and summer. “The Institute uses a cooperative learning model …

Dartmouth Taking Comment On Sexual Assault Policy

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hanover — A new sexual assault policy at Dartmouth College would mandate expulsion if a student is found to have engaged in sexual penetration of any form by use of force, threat or purposeful incapacitation or if the act is motivated by bias. A proposed 12-page sexual assault …