Topics: Education

ORLEANS — The Nauset Regional School Committee says it’s done what it could to hold down projected costs for the budget that begins July 1, but recognizes that some sharp increases are beyond its control. Members are ready to make their case and take questions at tonight’s (March 10) public hearing at 6 p.m. before voting on the budget. The operating budget for the regional high school is proposed to go up ...

Paul Niles To Retire From Lighthouse Charter School

By: William F. Galvin

EAST HARWICH – Paul Niles has dedicated the past 27 years to shaping a supportive and challenging learning environment for middle school students at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School. At the end of the school year he will retire and make way for his successor. Niles was one of three teachers who founded the charter school in Orleans in 1995. After serving as interim director three or four times, he agreed...

Monomoy Schools To Lift Mask Mandate Monday

By: Alan Pollock

Nauset Schools To Make Town-by-town Decisions When they return to classes Monday after winter break, students in the Monomoy Regional School District could opt to leave their face masks at home. While they’re still required on school buses, in nurse’s offices and for students returning from COVID-19 quarantine, masks will be optional in Monomoy classrooms starting Feb. 28. In the Nauset district, which span...

NORTH EASTHAM — Drew Locke wants to be back behind the bench coaching the Nauset Regional High School boys hockey team. He also wants to repair his reputation, which he and his attorney, Bruce Bierhans, believe was damaged after he was fired as head coach of the varsity hockey team on Feb. 10. Details surrounding Locke’s firing have been unclear. Nauset Superintendent Brooke Clenchy told The Cape Cod Chronicle...

HARWICH – The game quickly went sideways for the Monomoy girls basketball team. It seemed as though the squad was destined for a lopsided loss when it hosted unbeaten Dennis-Yarmouth last Thursday night. But the Sharks didn’t waver when the Dolphins exploded for nearly a double-digit lead in the opening minutes. They regrouped and began making stops at the defensive end of the floor, where they forced turnover...

Clenchy Named New Nauset Superintendent

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – The Nauset Regional School District has its new superintendent. The Nauset Regional School Committee and Nauset School Union 54 on Friday each unanimously voted to remove the interim tag from Brooke Clenchy's title, making her the district's new full-time superintendent, pending contract negotiations. Clenchy, who was tapped as interim superintendent last spring in anticipation of Thomas Conrad's ...

NORTH EASTHAM – The energy and excitement was reminiscent of what you would expect during the final moments of a tense sporting event in a school gymnasium rather than the usually quiet confines of the library. For four days spread across two weeks, Nauset Regional High School’s library served as a battlefield, as the school welcomed Dennis-Yarmouth and Falmouth High School students to compete in the Cape Cod ...

Nauset High Clinic Draws Anti-Vax Protesters

By: Ryan Bray

EASTHAM – A vaccine clinic at Nauset Regional High School Jan. 13 drew protestors to school property in the morning and afternoon. Nauset High Principal Chris Ellsasser said that eight people protested the clinic with signs outside the main entrance before the start of school. A group of about 15 people returned in the afternoon to continue the protest, he said. About 190 people participated in the clinic. ...

A lot went through Connor Brickley’s mind when he took over as head coach of the Cape Cod Furies co-op girls hockey team featuring girls from Cape Cod Tech, Monomoy and Nauset Regional High Schools. Brickley thought about the style of play he wanted to implement, the coaches who would join him as assistants and short-term and long-term goals he had for the program. The first-year coach was plenty aware of t...

EASTHAM – The Nauset Regional School Committee tapped Brooke Clenchy in April 2021 to stand in as interim superintendent of schools. Now she is in the running to assume the post full-time. Clenchy is one of four finalists for the top Nauset job. The committee is also looking at Franklin Public Schools Superintendent Sarah Ahern, Wareham Public Schools Superintendent Andrea Schwamb and Frank Tiano, the current ...

Monomoy Regional Middle and High School students won’t be bouncing basketballs, shooting hockey pucks or participating in cheerleading — at least not this week — MRHS athletic director Karen Guillemette confirmed Monday morning. Guillemette said the pause will include every athletic program regardless of level, sport or gender, in addition to the schools’ other extracurricular activities. She noted the decisio...

A new year comes with New Year's resolutions, and officials in Chatham, Orleans and Harwich aren't short of them for 2022. We asked select board members from each of the three towns what's topping their list of legislative priorities this year. Perhaps not surprisingly, the creation of housing was almost universally cited as an ongoing need among officials in each community. "I'd hate to talk about anything...

HARWICH – All throughout the preseason, Monomoy’s first-year girls basketball coach Brian Tomasini has been preaching the importance of defense to the Sharks. His players took his message to heart during Friday’s season opener against Cape Cod Tech. At times, the visiting Crusaders struggled to advance the ball past mid court against the Sharks’ stifling press defense. The combination of Monomoy’s length, d...

HARWICH – The Monomoy Regional High School boys basketball team isn’t interested in backing down from any challenges. That’s why the team’s coach, Dan Taylor, was ecstatic to learn the Cape and Islands League’s schedule was going to include more matchups between its Atlantic and Lighthouse Divisions. Monomoy competes in the Lighthouse alongside schools with smaller enrollments, while many of the Cape schools w...

Select Board Backs Elementary School Funding Plan

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The select board agrees that Chatham should pay its own way when it comes to running the elementary school, rather than leaning on subsidies from Harwich. But some members say that such a change should also include steps to give the town more local control of the school. Having made a similar presentation to the Harwich selectmen several weeks earlier, Monomoy Regional Schools Superintendent Scott Ca...

HARWICH – Monomoy Regional High School students were exposed to the challenges — and dangers — that are associated with distracted and impaired driving on Friday when the school welcomed the Save A Life Tour back to MRHS for the first time since 2017. The program granted MRHS students the opportunity to simulate driving a car while simultaneously wearing a virtual reality headset that demonstrates the feeling ...