Northern Essex Community College’s Campbell Connects Health Students and Employers

A grant is paying a Northern Essex Community College staff member to make connections between health care employers and a trained workforce, while offering opportunities for those workers to continue their education and training. Marjorie Campbell is the new executive director of Health Care Pathways at Northern Essex Community College. Her one-year role is paid by the Boston-based John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation. “Look at it as a big circle,” says Campbell. “You have employers that need certain people to meet their needs, and you have a large community of people who want better jobs.”

Campbell, of Salisbury, comes from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she oversaw the regulation of physicians and nurses and investigated complaints.

Silver Hill School Dog Decoration Entry Wins Peoples Choice in Benefit for Whittier Birthplace

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Silver Hill School walked away with first prize Saturday with its “Not So Scary Scarecrow” dog decoration during Whittier Birthplace’s presentation of Haverhill artist Dale Rogers’ “Big Dog Show.”

Silver Hill School, sponsored by King Davis Properties, featured a patchwork of fabrics and was named people’s choice for “Best Dressed” Big Dog. Rogers’ “American Dogs” were arranged on Bradford Common beginning Friday. There were free public events all day Saturday, including a Halloween pet costume pageant, a hot dog eating contest and people and dog food vendors such as Carbone’s Kitchen and Quinn’s Canine Café. Second place went to the Haverhill Department of Public Works for its “spooky spider dog” and third place winner was Bradford Elementary School with its “hands of kindness design.”

Proceeds benefitted Whittier Birthplace, the Whittier family homestead from 1688-1836, last occupied by renowned abolitionist and poet John Greenleaf Whittier and his family.

Haverhill School Committee Joins Union in Ratifying Pact that Ended Historic Teachers’ Strike

Details of an agreement that ended an historic teachers’ strike in Haverhill were outlined last night as the Haverhill School Committee officially approved the pact it negotiated with teachers represented by the Haverhill Education Association. Bitterness between some union members and School Committee negotiators remained apparent during the public comment portion of the regular School Committee meeting. School Committee member Paul A. Magliocchetti said talk of firing teachers involved in organizing the strike and walkouts by city negotiators were not true. The two other negotiators, School Committee members Scott W. Wood Jr. and Richard J. Rosa, also denied any discussion of retaliatory action. It was an assertion bolstered by School Superintendent Margaret Marotta who said the Committee has no power to terminate any teacher in the district.

Northern Essex’s Carson Shares Early Childhood Education Degree Option Nationally

A dean at Northern Essex Community College shares the institution’s novel Early Childhood Education degree program today during a national federal government-sponsored webinar. Jody Carson joins other Massachusetts leaders exploring a range of strategies to build and support career pathways for the Early Childhood Education workforce during the webinar hosted by the Office of the Administration for Children and Families, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Northern Essex reports being the first public school in the country to offer an Early Childhood Education degree that may be completed using all competency-based education courses. The approach gives adults and other non-traditional learners increased flexibility to start and complete courses online at their own pace. “Someone might be working at a childcare center and already know a lot about planning curriculum but might be less familiar with assessing and documenting development, for example,” says Carson.

YMCA Names Nominees for 2022 Educators of the Year; Ceremony Takes Place Nov. 16

A dozen Haverhill educators are this year’s nominees for YMCA 2022 Educators of the Year. All nominees will be honored during a reception Wednesday, Nov. 16, beginning at 5 p.m., at Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. Rep. Andy X. Vargas is serving as master of ceremonies. Educators, nominated by the public, are Elaine Ventura and Charles Luongo, Haverhill High School; Lori Curry and Susan Hall, Caleb Dustin Hunking School; Darlene Budds and Janice Vinci, Bradford Elementary; Heather Azzarito, William H. Moody School; Elizabeth Teixeira and David Charbonneau, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School; Jessica Wright, Greenleaf Academy; Christine Neira, Silver Hill School; and Teresa Harding, Dr. Paul C. Nettle School.

Back in School, Teachers Face Parking Jam at Haverhill High; Magliocchetti Suggests Adding Lot

It wasn’t a problem last week as a teachers’ strike left lots empty, but with a generally larger workforce this year, Haverhill High School faces a lack of adequate parking for staff members. School Committee member Paul A. Magliocchetti said a recent tour of the school pointed to a need for more parking places on the teachers’ side of the building. “There is some land out back. There are some grassy areas that I think we should take advantage of. If we could get our groundkeepers out there to create at least a gravel parking lot, I really think from a safety point of view and just from an accommodation point of view to all the teachers and the staff there, we really should try to expand that lot if possible,” he told his colleagues recently.

Haverhill Teachers Ratify New Contract with 99% in Favor; Union to Reimburse City Costs

Members of the Haverhill Education Association Friday approved the new contract negotiated with the School Committee with 99% of teachers in favor. Union President Tim Briggs told WHAV full contract details will be public posted following an expected Thursday vote by the full School Committee. He noted, however, the union entered into a $200,000 settlement agreement with the city to conclude the nearly week-long strike. School Committee member Scott W. Wood Jr., chairman of the city’s negotiating committee, acknowledged the settlement in his own statement. “Importantly, the union has agreed to reimburse the School Department for costs incurred during this strike.

Updated: Negotiators Resolve Teachers’ Strike; Classes Optional for Students as There is No Bus Service

Update: Although classes were cancelled earlier and school bus service is not available, a late settlement between the Haverhill School Committee and Haverhill Education Association means students may optionally return to school Friday. During a joint press conference School Committee Negotiations Chairman Scott W. Wood Jr. and union President Tim Briggs announced resolution of differences around 11 p.m. outside Haverhill City Hall where they signed an accord. Briggs said the resulting agreement brings “substantial investment in our public schools” and contract language regarding student safety and greater diversity among the teaching force. Briggs said “return to work” language was the final sticking point. To which, Wood said it was never the School Committee’s intent to “retaliate” against teachers, but rather to get everyone back into classrooms.

Briggs thanked state Rep. Andy X. Vargas, Sen. Diana DiZoglio and the entire city legislative delegation at both the state and federal levels, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, among others.