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Middle School Project: What’s the city’s role?
07-11-2024 5:16 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Dan Williams posed a big question to the Concord City Council at its meeting Monday.“What is your position on the school board’s middle school project?”Councilors left it dangling.The council is only required to answer questions about matters on the...

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School meal debt in Concord tops $90K
07-02-2024 5:04 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Before the pandemic, Concord School District expected between $7,000 and $15,000 in outstanding school lunch debt at the end of the year. This past school year, the number hit $93,000.It continues a post-pandemic trend of swelling debt: Federal COVID...


State OKs school district charter amendments as community tensions flare
06-25-2024 6:34 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A group of Concord residents trying to overturn the school board’s vote to place a new middle school on the east side of the city got a green light from the state this week.Members of Concord Concerned Citizens have proposed changing the independent...


Concord downsizes middle school plan to reduce costs but keeps firm on unpopular location
06-21-2024 4:44 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

While maintaining that Broken Ground is the ideal site for the new middle school due to its ample space, the Concord School Board has started downsizing the building and cutting amenities, bringing the project cost to a tentative $152 million.This is...


‘It’s kind of embarrassing’: Performing arts leaders ask district to expand CHS auditorium as part of middle school project
06-19-2024 4:37 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Every time Concord High puts on a concert, Gabe Cohen rents a U-Haul. The Christa McAuliffe Auditorium at the high school —  the district’s largest performance space — has 397 seats, just enough to seat one grade of its student body of 1,400....


Through perseverance, Concord 2024 grads take life ‘by the horns’
06-15-2024 5:25 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When Alexavier Hildreth begins business classes at Southern New Hampshire University this fall, his mother Jillian Fox will also be enrolled. He’s the reason she’s there. “I didn’t get to do this,” Fox said, tears welling behind her sunglasses, as the...


At Concord middle school Q&A, questions about location remained dominant
06-12-2024 5:11 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

If Concord School Board members wanted guidance as to where residents’ priorities lie beyond the location of the new middle school, they didn’t get it.Instead, at the first of two question-and-answer sessions on the new design and cost estimate...


Following middle school price estimates, Concord’s city leaders encourage school district to improve community access to schools
06-10-2024 9:00 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day after Concord’s School Board unveiled long-awaited cost estimates for its middle school project, city leaders encouraged the school board to ensure and communicate that the school buildings are shared community assets.“Taxpayers are saying,...


New estimate puts Concord middle school project between $136 million and $166 million
06-06-2024 8:28 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Spending on Concord’s new middle school could be capped at as high as $166.6 million or as low as $136.2 million depending on a range of decisions still to come, according to long-anticipated cost estimates presented at a meeting Thursday night.The...


Mill Brook School celebrates Teacher of the Year semifinalist Laura McKenna
06-04-2024 4:31 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

In Laura McKenna’s second-grade class at Concord’s Mill Brook School, her 16 students speak at least four different languages at home, from Kinyarwanda to French.On Tuesday morning, following a meeting that involved freeze dance, high fives, and a...


New middle school price tag to be unveiled Thursday
06-03-2024 9:30 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

An updated cost estimate for Concord’s proposed new middle school is in the final days of development and will be presented on Thursday.When the school board meets on Monday, it is expected to give an update on the project and lay out a process to...


Concord School District leaders stand by principal hiring despite past lawsuit
05-23-2024 4:50 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord School District is standing by its hiring process and selection of Kyle Repucci as the next principal of Broken Ground School after more details of a lawsuit accusing him of wrongful termination and his early departure from his post as...


Middle schooler charged with assault after school bus skirmish
05-21-2024 3:42 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

One Concord middle schooler is facing juvenile charges after hitting another student on a bus Friday afternoon, Concord police said. A verbal altercation escalated when one student punched another who had been “name-calling,” according to Deputy...


Despite using federally funded math coaches, Concord test results are mixed
05-19-2024 1:00 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

It was supposed to be a yearlong effort to help blunt and ultimately reverse pandemic-related learning loss in math.Using relief funding from the federal government, the Concord School District pulled six expert math teachers from their classrooms in...


As site testing begins on new middle school site, activists file to put location debate on the ballot
05-15-2024 5:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In the woods off South Curtisville Road, between maple saplings and tall pines and within sight of dog walkers on trails, fifteen wooden stakes flagged with hot pink construction tape poke up from the pine needles carpeting the ground.The stakes mark...


Next Broken Ground principal is currently Rochester superintendent
05-07-2024 3:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Kyle Repucci, current superintendent of schools in his hometown of Rochester, will be the new principal of Broken Ground elementary next year after the school board unanimously approved his hiring Monday night. It’s been awhile — eight years — since...


School Board to vote on new Broken Ground principal nominee
05-05-2024 10:23 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord School Board will vote on the nomination of Kyle Repucci, currently the superintendent of schools in Rochester, to be the next principal at Broken Ground elementary at its meeting Monday night. Repucci has been superintendent in the Lilac City...


With new plan for multi-language learners, Concord School District shifts support for New American students
04-26-2024 4:34 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Every time Leanna Kenza laces up her sneakers and steps on the track, it gives her reprieve from the day-to-day drama of eighth grade and the chance to find a new friend.While most Rundlett Middle School parents were enrolling their kids in sports in...


Middle School Project budget will be set in July, new timeline reveals
04-24-2024 5:03 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord School Board will get the first updated cost estimate in two years for its proposed new middle school in June and will ink a final “not to exceed budget” for the project on July 1, according to a new meeting schedule released by the...


Concord city-schools committee revived, will meet for first time in 2 years
04-16-2024 4:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the close of their budget planning seasons and with a mounting list of major construction projects between them, a joint committee between city and school district leaders — including both Concord and Merrimack Valley — will reconvene this...


Vandals key cars outside NHGOP event at Concord High; attendee carrying gun draws heat from school board
04-15-2024 4:17 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Vandals keyed the cars of at least 10 members of the state Republican Party while the group held its biennial convention inside Concord High School on Saturday. “There’s already too much vitriol in partisan politics,” Party Chair Chris Ager said. Ager...

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