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On Air News Read for November 13, 2017

From time to time, Girard at Large host Rich Girard, that’s me, not only reports the news, he makes it.  Such is the case this morning as I take the first person in this newscast to announce that I will retire this show effective with our sign off this Friday, November seventeenth.  (Click here for the more thorough explanations given on this morning’s show.  Click here for the Union Leader’s story on the announcement.) The planning for this show, which launched on September twenty sixth, two thousand eleven, began more than six and a half years ago with the...

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Bob Bevill and the Merrimack High Homework Controversy

(Hours 1a,b) Rich opened this morning’s show by talking about a couple of scheduling issues that occurred today.  He then spoke to Bob Bevill, who informed the listeners about the Merrimack High School homework controversy.  Bob shared about the decision to not grade homework, a cover-up attempt and more.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 1b) As Rich continued with Bob they discussed the upset that Merrimack’s decision is causing.  They then addressed the responsibility of the students, parents and the Merrimack School Board.  Finally, they shared about schools that have made similar decisions, a town...

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On Air News Read for March 9, 2017

A public hearing on Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas’ proposed budget for the 2 0 1 8 fiscal year was held at City Hall last night.  Almost nobody seemed to care, except a handful of speakers from what we’ve affectionately named the “More Money Crowd.”  Ward Two resident Jim O’Connell, who doubles as President of Citizens for Manchester Schools tried to shame the board into increasing school spending.  New Hampshire, he said, as a state, spends less money on education than any other in the nation and Manchester spends less than any other community in the state.  He called it...

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On Air News Read for January 9, 2017

The Merrimack School Board is finalizing its budget to present to voters for the coming fiscal year.  In an effort to provide “more content and context” to the voters, the district says it has added budget information to its website, which we’ve linked to from this news read, to provide insight into what they say are necessary expenditures.  The information includes an overview of the budget, breakouts by facility and department and a presentation showing the maintenance projects they want addressed in the budget and or via warrant articles.  In addition, they’ve also provided links to all past budget discussions on Merrimack T V Channel 2 1, which also televises meetings live. The board will address the budget at its next meeting, which is tomorrow night at seven in the Matthew Thornton Room at Merrimack Town Hall.  The board anticipates finalizing the budget at its meeting on the seventeenth and is looking for community feedback on the proposal which, if adopted as is, would increase school spending by nearly two percent and local school taxes by over two point eight percent with a total appropriation of over seventy three million seven hundred thousand dollars. While we’re on the topic of school budgets, the Manchester Board of School Committee will receive a budget update from Superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas at its meeting tonight.   Serious overruns in a special education line...

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On Air News Read for October 28, 2015

Assistant Manchester Superintendent David Ryan announced more good news regarding the district’s A P scores at Monday’s meeting of the Board of School Committee.  At the meeting, Ryan said The College Board, which oversees A P courses and exams, recognizes exemplary student achievement through its Scholar Program, as well as exemplary school districts in its A P District Honor Roll. The first level, AP Scholar​Awards, recognizes students who achieve grades of three or higher on at least three full ­year A P ​Exams. Central had thirteen A P Scholars, West had three and Memorial had one. The next level, A P Scholar with Honors Award​­, recognizes students who achieve grades of three or higher on at least four full ­year A P Exams, and whose average A P​ Exam grade is at least three point two five.  Four students earned the award at Central and one at Memorial. AP Scholar with Distinction​­ is granted to students who receive an average score of at least three point five on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  Five Central students earned this designation. Finally, A P District Honor Roll​ recognizes school districts for increasing access to A P ®courses while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on A P Exams.  Last year Manchester was one of...

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On Air News Read for July 22, 2015

Police in Londonderry are currently working in conjunction with other agencies in a search for a missing elderly female.  The missing woman is seventy two year old Paulette Couture of West Rd in Londonderry. Couture was last seen walking back to her residence from a neighbor’s house at around eight thirty yesterday morning.  She routinely walks the trails along West Rd and the surrounding areas and does not suffer from any mental problems. Couture is described as a fair skinned white female, 4’11”, 105 LBS, brown eyes, and short white hair.  She was last seen wearing a light blue tee shirt and capri pants.  Anyone with any information is urged to call the Londonderry Police Department at 4 3 2  1 1 1 8.  We’ve posted her picture with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.  Publisher’s Note:  Couture has been found!  Details during tomorrow’s broadcast. The Londonderry Police Department also announced that Ryan Noel, who was wanted for the burglary of a home occupied by three children, has been taken into custody.  Noel was arrested last night just before 6 after being stopped by the Massachusetts State Police in conjunction with the Lawrence Police.  Noel will be arraigned this morning in Lawrence District Court on a Fugitive From Justice charge.  He is also wanted out of Lowell District Court and Ayer District Court.  It is not known when he will return to New Hampshire to face the Burglary charge....

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On Air News Read for April 15, 2015

She shall not descend from her throne to be with the little people she pretends have local control, at least not in public session.  That’s the gist of a letter sent by Virginia Barry, New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education, in response to the Manchester Board of School Committee’s request she appear before them to answer questions about Common Core, the Smarter Balanced Assessment and the No Child Left Behind waivers, among other things.  Mayor Ted Gatsas, who has been very publicly asking, if not daring, Barry to visit with the board, released the letter at Monday night’s meeting of the Board of School Committee.  He’d received them earlier that day. In the letter, Barry thanked the board for the many options it offered for her to attend a meeting and wrote quote:  “I am sure the Board has issues they would like clarified and I would be glad to meet individually or in smaller groups to address any questions they might have.”   She went on to say she meets with superintendents to address areas of concern and often meets with school board members to provide information they might need to make decisions for their district.  She actually wrote and I quote “A public meeting rarely accomplishes the kind of meaningful conversation necessary to support students and families in these complex times.”  I am utterly speechless. When asked for...

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Controversial comments at NH Board of Ed meeting

(Hour 1a, b) Controversial comments were made by several public officials at  yesterday’s meeting of the School Board in Merrimack.  The most controversial coming from NH Board of Education member Gregory O’Dell regarding the City of Manchester.   Quote:  “What can we MAKE Manchester do (on standards)?  Can we take it over to make sure the (Common Core) standards are upheld?”  Seems that some members of the state Board of Education are not impressed with Manchester’s decision to develop its own standards… http://www.girardatlarge.com/2013/10/air-news-read-october-25-2013/ http://www.girardatlarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/10-25-2013-Hour-1a-b.mp3...

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