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ConVal boys’ tennis looks to build experience
04-11-2024 8:46 AM

By BEN CONANT

The ConVal boys’ tennis team comes into the season with almost no experience and a lot of work to do, but coach Mike Young relishes the challenge of building a full roster of players from the ground up. “You’ve got to start from the basics, which...

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Temple residents’ input sought on studying ConVal withdrawal
04-10-2024 11:22 AM

By CAMERON CASHMAN

Temple residents will have a chance to share whether they would be interested in holding a special Town Meeting on a potential feasibility study to withdraw from the ConVal School District.At the Temple Select Board meeting Tuesday night, Jim...


Viewpoint: Bradley Davis – Keep the light on for Proctor
04-05-2024 11:33 AM

By BRADLEY DAVIS

The light is on. Long after the cheering stops, the fans depart, the referees are cleaned up and headed home and the visiting team buses turn on to Route 202, headed back to their respective towns, the light in the northwest corner office window is...


Antrim Elementary School launches Lunches with Lions
04-04-2024 7:01 AM

Antrim Elementary School has launched a new program, Lunches with Lions, in collaboration with the Antrim/Bennington Lions Club. Lunches with Lions kicked off March 5, and volunteers from the Antrim Lions Club visited AES and had lunch with students...


ConVal residents, students speak out in favor of Kevin Proctor
04-03-2024 11:48 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

An overflow crowd of more than 100 parents, community members and students filled the SAU1 conference room during Tuesday night’s ConVal School Board meeting to protest the non-renewal of ConVal Athletic Director Kevin Proctor’s contract.On Friday,...


Conval Performing Arts presenting ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’
04-03-2024 9:34 AM

By ISABELLA MESSA

Conval Performing Arts is preparing to present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, at 2 and 7 p.m.The musical follows six adolescents competing in a spelling bee run by three adults, and...


Community Conversations: Gary Gorski – Build enrollment by building more homes
04-02-2024 8:35 AM

By GARY GORSKI

The high cost of operating our small elementary schools is driven by an imbalance between capacity and enrollment. We’ve voted on cutting capacity by closing schools, and voters have made clear that’s not where they want to go.  It’s time to focus on...


Community Conversations: Bethany Craig – Start again, but pledge to keep elementary schools
04-02-2024 8:31 AM

By BETHANY CRAIG

Where do we go from here? We go back to the drawing board, but honor the original Articles of Agreement.Instead of repeatedly attempting to change the rules, we work within those rules to find solutions and make a reconfiguration plan. The Articles of...


Community Conversations: Tom Burgess – The meanings of the articles
04-02-2024 8:01 AM

By TOM BURGESS

On March 12, the residents of the nine ConVal towns went to the polls to vote on the proposed school budget and 11 other articles related to the operation of the school system. The voters approved 11 of the 12 articles. Let's focus on three articles...


Petition calls for return of ConVal athletic director
04-01-2024 3:56 PM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

More than 1,600 ConVal parents, students, alumni and community members had signed a change.org petition by Monday afternoon, protesting the non-renewal of ConVal Athletic Director Kevin Proctor’s contract at the end of the school year.Proctor, who has...


ConVal brings young softball squad into season
03-30-2024 9:01 AM

The ConVal softball team only has five returning players this season, so head coach Amanda Hinton stated that hard work and dedication to learning new positions will be a main focus.Hinton stated that junior Avery Moore will be commanding the field...


Former bus driver for transportation company that serves ConVal indicted
03-28-2024 12:59 PM

A former bus driver for the company that serves the ConVal School District, along with his wife, who were arrested March 20 for allegedly producing child sexual abuse material were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday.According to a statement...


Dublin Education Advisory Committee prepares for ConVal withdrawal study
03-28-2024 8:30 AM

By CAMERON CASHMAN

To prepare for the upcoming feasibility study into Dublin’s withdrawal from the ConVal School District, members of the Dublin Education Advisory Committee (DEAC) will contact surrounding school districts and local private and charter schools to gather...


Peterborough’s FIRST robotics team is headed to regionals
03-27-2024 8:31 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

 After earning a third-place finish at the FIRST Robotics New England District Pine Tree Event March 15-17 in Lewiston, Maine, the high school division of Peterborough-based 4-H FIRST Robotics Team Inconceivable is headed to the University of New...


Letter – School Board members made great effort
03-26-2024 12:20 PM

In a recent letter to the editor (“ConVal board members should resign”), a writer harshly criticized the ConVal School Board for its attempts to control costs (and our taxes) by diligently investigating an option to consolidate schools. I disagree...


Former bus driver for ConVal transportation company charged in child pornography case
03-21-2024 10:11 AM

By BILL FONDA

One of the two Keene residents charged in connection with the alleged production of child sexual abuse material was a bus driver for the transportation company that serves the ConVal School District.According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jane E....


ConVal students from all 11 schools perform at choir concert
03-21-2024 8:33 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

Patrick R. Cogan, music director at Great Brook School, said that after COVID, the ConVal district’s music teachers came together to try to figure out how to rebuild the music program.“When COVID happened, the music departments were completely shut...


State Supreme Court issues a stay over ConVal school funding decision
03-15-2024 8:43 AM

By ETHAN DeWITT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court granted a stay over a school funding lawsuit decision Wednesday, hitting pause on a sweeping order that would force the state to double its spending on public schools. Without comment, all five justices concurred with...


ConVal reconfiguration article fails
03-13-2024 9:28 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONSand CAMERON CASHMAN

An article that that could have resulted in Francestown Elementary School, Dublin Consolidated School, Pierce School in Bennington and Temple Elementary School closing failed at the ballot box Tuesday, receiving only 45.47% of the vote, when...


Great Brook School in Antrim hosts regional drone competition
03-12-2024 8:37 AM

By JESSECA TIMMONS

The gym at Great Brook School was transformed into a buzzing, whirring miniature airfield Saturday as 19 teams from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts competed in New Hampshire’s First Aerial Drones Competition.   The competition was...


ConVal swimmer Andrea Mattson signed to Keene State
03-12-2024 8:17 AM

By CAMERON CASHMAN

ConVal High School senior Andrea Mattson signed a letter of intent to Keene State College on Friday.Mattson, a member of the ConVal swim team and the Keene YMCA Dolphins (KYD), said she began swimming competitively when she was 9, after a swim...

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