Schools

ConVal: Public to have their say on budget Saturday

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ConVal School District’s Deliberative Session for its $44,746,514 proposed operating budget is Saturday at 10 a.m. at ConVal High School. The proposed 2015-16 operating budget is 1.7-percent less than this year’s $45,522,549 default budget. In March, the public rejected the proposed operating budget, forcing the School Board and administration to trim $770,000 to reach a default budget. The 2015-16 default budget is $44,547,714, which is a 2.14-percent reduction over this … 0

ConVal: Lawyer: Petition article is advisory

Monday, January 26, 2015

The petition article to close Great Brook School and have the students and staff combine with South Meadow School has been deemed a referendum by ConVal School District counsel. That means that even if the advisory article passes, the School Board wouldn’t be required to act on the vote. Dean B. Eggert of the firm Wadleigh, Starr and Peters, provided an analysis to … 0

ConVal: Board rejects petition articles

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — The number of students in the ConVal Regional School District has been declining for about a decade. Over the last several years, there has been conversation among the public and School Board about whether to close a middle or elementary school in response to the declining student population. And in the … 0

Conval: Number of administrators questioned

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Numerous residents are speaking up about the number of administrators the ConVal Regional School District employs and how much they are paid. These residents say the number of salaries and administrators are out of sync with the district’s waning student population. But Supt. Brendan Minnihan says the number … 0

Achievement:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Alisha Birk of Temple is the recipient of a 2015 Horatio Alger National Scholarship. She is a student at ConVal High School. Each recipient is awarded $22,000 to apply toward the tuition of the college or university of their choice. Additionally, National Scholars will have access to a … 0

Rindge: Board: To keep teachers, salaries must increase

Monday, January 19, 2015

RINDGE — At the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District’s hearing for their $25,616,015 proposed operating budget Thursday, the crowd tussled over whether teacher and professional staff member salaries should increase a total of $261,391 under their collective bargaining agreement. … 0

Conval: Merit raises to be piloted by school district

Monday, January 19, 2015

The ConVal School Board and ConVal Education Association are attempting to introduce a novel program, increasing teachers’ salaries because of their performance, not their seniority. This salary increase for merit would be implemented if the collective bargaining agreement — a contract for teacher’s, paraprofessionals, and professional service providers … 0

ConVal: Administrator salaries probed

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PETERBOROUGH — Following a brief public hearing, where ConVal administrators presented their $44,746,514 proposed operating budget and $426,596 collective bargaining agreements for 2015-16, several audience members blasted the school district ‘s spending. Al Burtt of Greenfield said that … 0

Mascenic School District: Proposed district budget is up $876K

Thursday, January 15, 2015

NEW IPSWICH — A huge turnout of residents packed the Mascenic High School library to hear the Mascenic School District’s proposed budget on Tuesday night, with many attendees calling for the budget to be reduced. The proposed budget … 0

ConVal: Petition articles call for closings

Thursday, January 15, 2015

PETERBOROUGH—Two petition warrant articles submitted to ConVal’s SAU Tuesday afternoon continue to pose the question: Should any of the middle or elementary schools be closed? One petition article calls for closing Great Brook School in Antrim by August. South Meadow School would become ConVal Middle School. Fifth-graders would … 0

ConVal: School Board weighs district food service options

Monday, January 12, 2015

The ConVal School Board is considering outsourcing the school district’s cafeteria program to a vending company because, the board says, the current in-house service doesn’t have the resources to improve the food service like this larger company could. … 0

ConVal Voices: Finding joys and challenges in today’s classroom

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As ConVal’s first semester speeds to its conclusion, the urgency of opportunity envelops us all. For time — the schedule — is the “enemy” of learning and understanding, the nemesis we face from the moment each course begins in September; each day that begins at 7:25 a.m.; each … 0

Pressing energy needs may not justify pipeline

Monday, January 12, 2015

With New England’s utility bills topping the charts as the highest in the nation, the need for more access to natural gas is something that many state lawmakers have been trying to solve. However, the prospect of a … 1