Education

Tesini named interim principal at Pennichuck

NASHUA — Late Monday, just hours before the beginning of class, Nashua Board of Education members named Jason Tesini as interim principal of Pennichuck Middle School at a salary of $103,000. While he initially believed he would pursue a career in law, Tesini began his career in education ...

Milford, Amherst schools beef up security

When schools open next week, teachers and students will enter local school buildings that have more security features than ever before. Over the past two decades, beginning with the school shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 and especially after the massacre in Parkland, ...

6 schools undergo minor start time changes

NASHUA – Six Nashua elementary schools will see minor adjustments in when they start and end the school day, according to Assistant Superintendent Garth McKinney. Amherst Street, Broad Street, Dr. Crisp, Fairgrounds, Ledge Street and Mount Pleasant Elementary schools will now start the day ...

A Lift from AJ: Memorial car show raises NCC scholarship funds

NASHUA – Al Dodge stepped out from under a pop-up shelter and fixed his gaze upon a sharp, blue-and-white Camaro Z-28 sparkling in Sunday afternoon’s bright sun. “This would have been A.J.’s,” Dodge told a visitor, pausing briefly before adding, “yep, he and I worked on this a lot ...

Local organizations and businesses join forces to equip students

NASHUA – Most of the roughly 11,000 students who will walk through the doors of Nashua schools in less than two weeks have known a world in which “Nashua Goes Back to School” is an annual tradition. While perhaps not all have participated each year, it has been a crucial event in the ...

Chamber has no position on school start date

NASHUA – The Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce has not taken a stance on whether it supports a post-Labor Day start to the school year for future academic terms, Tracy Hall, chamber CEO and president, said Friday. Chamber officials were asked to review such as schedule’s merits by Henry ...

Community center program helps kids get on grade level

NASHUA – For Trish Stansfield and Donna Dye who coach skills building to young children at the Arlington Street Community Center, “there’s so much joy when that light bulb goes off,” Dye said. The two women, both retired educators from the Nashua School District, lead the Skills ...

Pook to plead guilty

CONCORD – Former St. Paul’s School teacher David Pook is due to plead guilty today to charges related to his relationship with a student. Pook, 47, of Warner, is charged with two counts of witness tampering and two counts of perjury. New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General Jane Young ...

Talbott appointed principal of New Searles

NASHUA – Helayne Talbott performed multiple duties during her 15 years with the Nashua School District, but after the Monday Board of Education meeting, her new title is principal of New Searles Elementary School. Named just two weeks before the start of the 2018-19 school year, Talbott’s ...

New leadership in district, still dozens of open positions

NASHUA – Several new administrators will join students upon their return to the classroom later this month, but dozens of positions with the Nashua School District remain unfilled. Richard Boardman, former director at Gate City Charter School for the Arts, took the helm of Mount Pleasant ...

Make It Labs 3D printer brings projects to life

NASHUA – For those curious creators eager to learn how to navigate the digital playground of 3D printing, Make It Labs has just the class to get you started. On Sunday, electronic engineer Paul Hardin taught a course on the Replicator 2 for anyone interested in a formal introduction to the 3D ...

Supply drive seeks to equip local students

NASHUA – School still may be out for summer, but there’s already excitement building in the city for the start of 2018-2019 school year. Area organizers want to ensure our best and brightest – the community’s children – will have what they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. ...

Nashua summer school graduates 29

NASHUA – The word of the evening was “perseverance,” as 29 students, all of whom took different paths in life, crossed the stage Tuesday and received their high school diplomas. Students from Nashua High School South, Nashua High School North and the Nashua Adult and Community School ...

Learning the language: ELL students outnumber teachers 50-1

NASHUA – Most days, Danielle Boutin leaves work feeling as though she has failed. As one of precious few teachers to serve the 179 English Language Learners at Ledge Street Elementary School, she sees between 70 to 80 students per day, balancing high-performing students with those who cannot ...

School Board looks to amend complaint procedures

NASHUA – Members of the Board of Education Policy Committee voted Tuesday to adopt KEB, which outlines how members of the public can make complaints against school personnel, while they also amended an existing policy regarding how a person can then request a hearing. The policies will ...

Baking with Grace: Souhegan High School grad competes at SkillsUSA

NASHUA – In seven hours, Grace Angulas had already made and baked two loaves of bread and one roll, onion pepper scones, a Danish, a pineapple pie, chocolate chip cookies, Patachou (dough for eclairs and cream puffs) and was putting the last touches on the cake she was decorating. Her ...

State denies appeal of Merrimack’s homework plan

CONCORD – The State Board of Education sided with the Merrimack School District Wednesday at a hearing during which Robert Bevill, a parent and lawyer, asked that the district overturn the school’s protocol to no longer grade homework and alleged that his daughter’s due process rights ...

School safety taskforce fails to address guns

CONCORD – Members of Gov. Chris Sununu’s School Safety Preparedness Taskforce issued their report late Friday afternoon, after months of meetings – sometimes in secret – without issuing any recommendations to change New Hampshire’s gun laws. “Efforts to provide recommendations on ...

Merrimack principal retires after 20 years in district

MERRIMACK – Kenneth Johnson has had two great loves for the last 20 years: his family and Merrimack High School. “Merrimack High School has been like a home to me,” he said Monday. However, after two decades, the Merrimack High principal has packed up his office and his house, as he ...

No more classes, no more books…

After an abundance of snowfall this past winter, schools needed to extend the school year into late June to make-up for snow days. Friday, June 22 marked the last day of school for Nashua students.