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Jaffrey-Rindge School District: District still mum on leaves

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two weeks after Conant High School and Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School Principal John Barth and high school music teacher Leonard Holmes were placed on leave, officials are releasing little information about why the two men have been suspended. On Friday, Jaffrey-Rindge School Superintendent Jim O’Neill confirmed that both Barth and Holmes are still on leave. O’Neill said he could not comment further on personnel issues. O’Neill also would not comment on whether Barth and Holmes are being paid while on leave. Barth’s salary for the current school year is $102,500 and Holmes’s salary is $60,876. O’Neill said Larry Pimental, the assistant principal at the high school, … 0

Hancock: School leader’s loss felt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friends and colleagues in the Monadnock region are mourning the loss of Tom Brennan, a former Hancock resident who served as assistant principal at Peterborough Middle School and principal at Conant High School in Jaffrey before going on to a distinguished career as a school district administrator. Brennan died April 9, less than … 0

Antrim: Great Brook School to host distracted driving talk

Monday, April 7, 2014

ANTRIM — Seventy-one percent of teens admit to composing or sending a text message while driving, according to the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving. In an effort to help deter young drivers from distractive driving habits, Great Brook Middle School will host “The Parent Driving Zone,” a presentation for parents to influence safe driving practices while driving with children, on Wednesday … 0

Bennington/Francestown: Home schooling on rise?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BENNINGTON — Concerned about what they see as shrinking enrollment in the town’s elementary school, Bennington Select Board members say they’ve noticed a surge home schooling. Following a discussion about ConVal School District budget cuts owing to the proposed budget’s failure at the polls in March, at their … 0

Conval: Board affirms budget cuts; insurance costs to drop

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ConVal School Board members, after hearing criticism for making decisions about budget cuts in a non-public session, affirmed Superintendent Brendan Minnihan’s recommendations for staff and programming cuts publicly at their meeting on Tuesday. At their meeting on March 20, the board agreed on reductions in next year’s budget, … 0

Kindergarten enrollment is low

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — ConVal School District officials are urging parents whose children will be entering kindergarten in the fall to get in touch, because so far just 76 potential students have been identified. Last year at this time the district had 102 students enrolled, Human Resources Director Tim Markley … 0

ConVal: Estey to chair School Board

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — ConVal School Board members elected Butch Estey of Peterborough as board chair on Tuesday, resolving a situation that had left the board without a leader after the March election. When they voted for a chair on March 20, the board deadlocked 5-5 between Estey, the incumbent … 0

Antrim: Scholarships offered to Antrim students

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Antrim Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from Antrim students who plan to continue their education after high school. Applications for financial assistance for the 2014-15 academic year are available at the Antrim Town Hall or online at the town’s website (www.antrimnh.org). Completed applications must be received at … 0

Jaffrey: Students learn from nature

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Harris Center naturalist Jaime Hutchinson and Jaffrey Grade School 3rd grade teacher, Patty Long, take their classroom lessons outside to do the hands-on detective work of identifying animal tracks and scat in Jaffrey’s Children’s Woods.  … 0

Jaffrey-Rindge: Back to the drawing board for teachers

Monday, March 31, 2014

After voters rejected a $225,317 collective bargaining agreement between the Jaffrey-Rindge Education Association, the district teachers’ union, and the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, the union says it’s going back to the drawing board. Their plan, according to Union President Tom Meehan, is to find an equitable balance between … 0

Rindge: FPU names its 2014 honorary degree and Peterson Award recipients

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Franklin Pierce University will award two Honorary Doctorates and The Honorable Walter R. Peterson Citizen Leader Award at its 49th Commencement Exercises at 10:30 a.m. on May 17. John K. Castle and Kenneth R. Feinberg will be receiving honorary degrees at the Rindge campus ceremonies; J. Bonnie Newman … 0

Jaffrey/Rindge: Board: No raise for administrators

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

JAFFREY — Jaffrey-Rindge School Board members voted unanimously on Monday to approve most of School Superintendent James O’Neill’s recommendations for reducing the district’s 2014-2015 budget by $477,479 in order to meet default budget requirements. But they also decided … 0

Conval: Staff cuts on the table

Monday, March 24, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — In order to reach a default budget of about $45 million for next year, the ConVal School District will need to make additional staff cuts, according to Superintendent Brendan Minnihan. Because the district’s budget proposal was rejected by voters earlier this month, about $770,000 in expenses … 0