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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,...

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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...


Upper Valley school districts look to enrollment in planning for the future
03-22-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

In 1998, voters of Orford, Fairlee, Vershire and West Fairlee approved a plan to form Rivendell, an interstate school district, with the intent to pool their resources to provide an equitable and sustainable education system for their communities.The...


Man faces misdemeanor charges after standoff in front of schools
03-15-2024 3:08 PM

By FRANCES MIZE

LEBANON — A two-hour lockdown at Lebanon High School and Hanover Street School ended a little before 4:30 p.m. on Friday when police detained a man with four loaded weapons in his pickup truck parked in front of the schools.The 39-year-old Vershire...


Rivendell delays annual school meeting, elections and budget vote
03-12-2024 7:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — The Rivendell School Board met Monday to delay the date of the district’s annual meeting, which had been improperly warned.Originally scheduled for March 23, the meeting will now take place on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Rivendell Academy in...


Head Start preschools close in White River Junction and Windsor
03-04-2024 7:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Staffing shortages will leave Windsor and White River Junction without Head Start preschools next year.Southeastern Vermont Community Action, or SEVCA, which administers Windsor County’s Head Start preschool programs, announced the closures...


Annual meeting preview: Claremont School District
03-03-2024 12:01 PM

Articles of note: One article asks whether voters will support the cost of a new three-year collective bargaining agreement with the secretary association, which is expected to cost $103,000 for the first year. Another article asks whether voters...


Editorial: The history behind Vermont’s education funding mess
03-01-2024 9:31 PM

This year’s school budgeting chaos in Vermont has been justly attributed to well-intentioned legislative bungling. But revisiting the creation story of the state’s school funding system may provide useful context.In the beginning was Brigham. In 1997,...


Annual meeting preview: New teachers contract on Hanover ballot
02-25-2024 11:34 AM

Article of note: Voters will be asked whether to appropriate $75,000 from the Don S. Bridgman Fund in the 2024-25 school year “in order to afford additional advantages to the students of the District not provided by taxes.”Contested races: There are...


Unity mulls separation from Claremont-based SAU 6
02-21-2024 9:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

UNITY — The Unity School Board is recommending voters approve an article on the annual school meeting warrant to begin the process to withdrawal from School Administrative Unit 6, which is based in Claremont. At a public hearing Tuesday, attended by...


Rivendell Academy principal departs mid-year
02-14-2024 10:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Rivendell Academy’s principal and head of schools retired this week. After 14 years, Keri Gelenian’s last day on the job was Monday.The mid-year retirement comes amid turmoil in the small school community as the board considers plans for...


Amid statewide education funding uncertainty, Mount Ascutney School District postpones budget vote
02-13-2024 8:15 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — The Mount Ascutney School District board voted unanimously Monday night to rescind the $15.5 million budget members had approved in January and bring a revised version to voters at a later date.Board members made the decision in response to...


Former Claremont superintendent up for top job at SAU 23
01-19-2024 6:11 AM

NORTH HAVERHILL — Michael Tempesta, who was fired last week by the SAU 6 School Board, has been named a finalist for the SAU 23 superintendent position.Tempesta had served SAU 6, which includes Claremont and Unity, since July 2019 before being...

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