Three Pentucket Regional Middle School Eighth Graders Become Project 351 Ambassadors

Three eighth graders from Pentucket Regional Middle School were recently selected as the district’s 2023 Project 351 Ambassadors

Tyler Stone, Lyla Travers and Conor Price were chosen for their ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude, said Superintendent Justin Bartholomew and Principal Terrence Conant. Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that empowers a youth-led movement for change powered by an eighth-grade student representing every city and town in Massachusetts. “Tyler, Lyla, and Conor are great kids, who are always willing to help out whenever there is a person in need. They are positive leaders in our school, and we look forward to seeing all of their hard work culminate in the spring,” Conant said. On Jan.

Maintenance Budget Cut Last June Said to Play Role in Haverhill School Safety Concerns

Worries, expressed last spring when Haverhill cut a maintenance position from the budget, surfaced again last Thursday when School Committee members reported possible safety issues. Committee members Paul A. Magliocchetti and Toni Sapienza Donais, both members of the School Maintenance Subcommittee, reported they toured Greenleaf Academy in Bradford last week and found a number of problems, which they photographed and presented at the meeting. “There were some real issues of concern. That’s a hole in the wall. It looks like a low voltage wire.

Rep. Vargas Files Legislation to Permanently Make All School Meals Free to Families

After agreeing last summer to a $110 million one-year extension of a pandemic-era program, lawmakers, advocates and families are calling for the state to make school meals free for all Massachusetts students permanently. New legislation filed by Rep. Andy X. Vargas of Haverhill and Sen. Sal DiDomenico of Everett would allow every Massachusetts student to receive free breakfast or lunch in school without providing income or other eligibility information. “We know that when kids are hungry at school they cannot learn,” Vargas said. “We know that hungry kids have problems concentrating, have lower academic achievement, suffer cognitive development impairments and exhibit more behavioral problems than their food secure peers.”

Vargas said that prior to the universal program, more than a quarter of food insecure students in Massachusetts did not qualify for free or reduced price lunch. Others who may have qualified did not apply to the program due to stigma or other obstacles, he said.

Northern Essex Community College Offers CNA Refresher Course and Local Exam Site

Northern Essex Community College, seeking to address the growing job needs of the healthcare industry, is presenting two new certified nurse assistant offerings. Students preparing to take the Massachusetts CNA exam may now take a refresher course at Northern Essex and, when ready, take the skills-based state exam on the college’s Lawrence Campus. “CNAs are in high demand in our community, and ensuring we are doing our part in educating, supporting and contributing to the growth of our CNA community is a top priority,” says Program Coordinator Heather Waniga. The Certified Nurse Assistant program at Northern Essex is a four-week accelerated training. It prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including long-term care, acute care and rehabilitation facilities and home care settings.

Haverhill Councilors Change Date of Consentino School Special Election Because of MCAS Conflict

Although Haverhill is getting more money for construction of a new Dr. Albert B. Consentino School, the city is still going ahead with a special election—but on a different date—to let voters decide how the project should be financed. The City Council voted last month to hold an election May 2, but last night changed the date after learning from School Superintendent Margaret Marotta the original date won’t work. “The Superintendent brought to my attention that the date chosen by the Council is the same date as the MCAS tests. So, that date in May just won’t work. We won’t be able to use the schools (for voting),” Mayor James J. Fiorentini explained.

UMass Lowell Touts Leading Online National Rankings for 2023, Notably for Veterans

UMass Lowell is a national leader in online education, notably for military veterans, according to 2023 rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report, which assessed online programs at more than 1,800 colleges and universities. “UMass Lowell is proud of the outstanding education and strong return on investment created by our graduate, online and professional programs as they engage students to advance their knowledge and become leaders in their professional lives and in the community,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen. UMass Lowell ranked no. 1 nationally for offering the best online master’s program in criminal justice and ninth for the best online master’s program in computer information technology, for veterans. The rankings specifically for military-connected students recognize the need for this population to benefit from reputable distance education that is both affordable and accessible.

Northern Essex Coach Stratton Picks Up 275th Career Win After Saturday Victory

Northern Essex Community College head men’s basketball coach Darren Stratton picked up the 275th win of his career while leading the #5 nationally ranked Knights to their program record tying 14th straight win Saturday afternoon as they defeated Bristol Community College by an 88-75 final score. With the win, Northern Essex improves to 18-1 on the season and 13-0 in conference play. It marks the third time in program history the college has reached 14 consecutive wins including most recently as last season. In a first half that had no flow as the officials called 34 first half fouls, Northern Essex took a 40-38 lead to the locker room led by Darlin Santiago’s 11 first half points. The Knights opened things up a bit in the second half and opened the lead by as many as 18 points.

A Year After Proposition 2 1/2 Tax Override Fails, Pentucket Seeks Public Input on School Spending

Groveland, West Newbury and Merrimac residents are invited to learn about Pentucket Regional School District’s spending plans being developed for the next school year. Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is scheduled to provide an overview of the current budget and the impact of a last year’s Proposition 2½ override on the current year. He will also will review the budget process and explain expected challenges in the 2023-2024 budget. “We encourage parents and anyone with an interest in education to attend and learn more,” Bartholomew said. “Community feedback is important as we develop a budget that meets both students’ needs and the educational vision of our communities.”

The joint meeting with the boards of selectmen and finance committees of Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury takes place tomorrow, Jan.