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NHPR Interview: Opening Day!


A new public charter school opens in Alstead today. The LEAF Charter School is a high school located in the Mole Hill Theater building. Its curriculum will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, or STEAM. The first charter schools opened in New Hampshire in 2004. LEAF is the state’s 25th charter school. Director Dakota Benedetto spoke with NHPR’s Morning Edition about the school.

Listen to the interview here!

Keene Sentinel: New Alstead charter school secures money, could win more


ALSTEAD — A new Alstead charter school recently heard from the N.H. Department of Education that it’s secured crucial grant money that will allow it to open in fall 2017. And, through a contest called the Super School Project challenge, it’s in the running to win a substantial sum more.

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NHPR: Applying For A New Charter School: Plenty Of Paperwork, Eye-Opening Conversations


For Dakota Benedetto, trying to get a charter school approved hasn’t been an easy task.

They ask for a five-year projected budget. Since the first year is kind of pre-opening, but you’re still at least a year out from when you’re writing it, you’re looking six or seven years in advance, so how much money are you going to be spending on copy paper seven years from now? That whole process of trying to juggle the numbers and get the budget to work was challenging. 

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