Conval School District

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In a move that surprised many education funding advocates, the ConVal School District in southwestern New Hampshire filed a lawsuit today against the state, claiming lawmakers have failed to fund an adequate education.

The complaint names the state of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Education, Governor Sununu and DOE Commissioner Frank Edelblut as defendants.

It says the "adequacy aid" that the state sends to districts needs to triple to meet basic requirements laid out in state law.

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The ConVal School District is deciding whether to push the start time for middle and high school from 7:35 to 8:35 to give students more time to sleep.

Board member Janine Lesser says research shows adolescents need 10-12 hours of sleep each night.

“When they get that sleep there are all kinds of positive outcomes, from their academics to their health to their social well-being,” she says.

Portsmouth, Oyster River, and Keene have opted for later school start times.


A former ConVal Regional High School student charged with making a school shooting threat in late 2018 has been released from jail.

Since November, 18-year old Anthony Wheeler of Antrim has been held without bail at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester for allegedly posting a school shooting threat on social media.

The threat closed down the ConVal school district for a day.

Manchester School District


The way the state helps school districts cover the cost of public education will be on the agenda in the New Hampshire State House next year.

The state currently provides $3,636 per student - called "adequacy aid" - to districts, and sends supplemental aid for English language learners, students with special education needs, and students in poverty.

A proposal this fall from legislators on the Committee to Study Education Funding and the Cost of an Opportunity for an Adequate Education would bump adequacy funding to nearly $4,000 for every student.