Education

Last day of school tentatively June 25

NASHUA – The Nashua Teachers’ Union announced Wednesday that members will not vote on the end-of-year proposal approved by the Board of Education last week. In the proposal, which was announced and voted for in a survey that went out prior to the last board meeting, the last day for ...

HBHS STEM lab proposal fails again

HOLLIS – The proposed Hollis Brookline High School STEM lab and fitness center failed at the polls Tuesday, drawing an end to the four-day annual district meeting. Despite receiving a majority vote of yes with 1,231 for, the 807 votes against defeated the article by 128 votes. The measure ...

Hollis students take part in ‘Bake for Good’ event

HOLLIS – The best part of bread is usually getting to eat it, but students at Hollis Upper Elementary School seemed to have an all-out blast mixing, kneading and shaping the dough to bake loaves they ultimately would donate to charity. Amy Driscoll from King Arthur Flour visited the school ...

STEM lab proposal heads to polls

HOLLIS – After dedicating almost an entire day’s worth of time in two prior sessions, the third installment of the Hollis Brookline COOP annual district meeting concluded in under 30 minutes Tuesday night. More than 200 Hollis and Brookline residents showed up to speak either for or against ...

Recess is important to improving grades and physical health

Imagine you are a hardworking student in school, waiting for the hours to pass by. You can hear the rough scratching of your fellow classmates’ pencil and the clock, ticking slowly. The thin smell of paper is fresh in the air. Your hand is red from writing and your brain feels like it’s ...

Hollis Brookline High School STEM discussion on Monday

HOLLIS – The discussion over the proposed $1.9 million STEM lab and fitness center at Hollis Brookline High School will continue Monday. The new facility would include a state-of-the-art STEM and robotics lab that would move the high school’s robotics team back from the middle school and ...

New leadership in Nashua schools

NASHUA – The Nashua School District recently filled three leadership positions. In the fall, students at Ledge Street Elementary School will be welcomed back by new principal Chas Miller. Students at Nashua High School North will be greeted by Nate Burns, who will remove the “interim” ...

BOE approves budget, will move to aldermen

NASHUA – After a contentious but only 40 minute discussion on the meeting rules and budgetary concerns Wednesday night, the Board of Education voted 8 to 1 to approve the proposed budget of $110,329,993. Board member Doris Hohensee was the only “no” vote. The only change was made last ...

School district to receive almost $400K for security upgrades

NASHUA – The Nashua School District will receive almost $400,000 in security upgrades through the Public School Infrastructure Fund. Of the $399,000 applied for, all have been approved except for $88,311, which is currently listed as “waiting.” Shawn Smith, plant operations director, said ...

Pending union approval, city’s last day of school is June 15

NASHUA – The Nashua Board of Education voted 5 to 3 Monday night in favor of establishing the last day of school as June 15, with June 18-22 as mandatory professional development for all staff. The police department has offered to provide active shooter/safety training to staff during this ...

Merrimack HS advances to national STEM competition

MERRIMACK – Dominating the competition in STEM subjects ranging from entomology to engineering, from tower construction to helicopter building, Merrimack High School’s Science Olympiad team won its ninth state title Saturday at the championship tournament. “The event runs very similarly ...

NTU: No guns for our teachers

NASHUA – The Nashua Teachers Union is “completely opposed” to arming teachers or staff, according to NTU president Adam Marcoux. “Arm us with pencils, not pistols,” he said in a statement. When a former student opened fire on his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in ...

Porter elected to Nashua BOE

NASHUA – Susan Porter, a recently retired elementary school teacher, was elected to the Board of Education Tuesday, beating Sandra Ziehm, former longtime board member, 1436 to 453. Only 3.37 percent of Nashua’s voters went to the polls, a fact which Dotty Oden, board president said was ...

Special Board of Education election today

NASHUA – The Special Municipal Election for the vacant Board of Education seat is today. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sandra Ziehm, longtime board member is running against Susan Porter, a recently retired elementary school teacher. Ziehm said her experience would be needed on the ...

Thumbs up to turf field at HBHS

HOLLIS – In an almost seven-hour annual Co-Op District meeting, Hollis and Brookline residents voted in favor of an artificial turf field and approved the district’s portion of the SAU budget, but voted against a STEM and Robotics lab. The field, the STEM lab and the SAU budget all needed a ...

South students stand for change during walkout

NASHUA – Holding up signs reading “Never Again” and “Time to Take Action”, close to a hundred Nashua High School South students walked out of school at exactly 10 a.m. Wednesday morning and formed a circle in front of the building’s entrance. There, they remained for exactly 17 ...

BOE passes policy to limit meeting times

NASHUA – In a lengthy meeting Monday night, the Nashua Board of Education passed a new policy that would limit regular board meetings to two hours. Five minutes before the allotted time is up, the board may make the decision to “lengthen the meeting by 30-minute increments with a majority ...

Ledge Street School staff removal remains a mystery

NASHUA – The Nashua School District spent almost $100,000 between May and October on the two Ledge Street Elementary School principals who were removed from their positions last year, a full month before the end of school. No explanation has been offered by either party. According to ...

Page turner: Celebrating ‘Read across America’ week

NASHUA – Every time a name was announced in the Dr. Crisp Elementary School gymnasium identifying each class’s top reader, the rest of the students would scream, cheer, high five and applaud. “Reading is so fun!” one student told third grade teacher Ashlee Cataldo. It is every ...