Ellen Grimm

Senior Producer, The Exchange

Before joining NHPR as producer for The Exchange in 2011, Ellen Grimm worked as a freelance reporter, covering Manchester for NHPR and writing for The Associated Press, New Hampshire Business Review, and The Telegraph of Nashua. Before moving to New Hampshire in 1996, she worked as an editor and writer in Boston, including as a freelance reporter for The Boston Globe. She has also spent some time writing fiction, earning an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University in 1990.

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Breaking up is hard to do. But in New Hampshire, multi-town school districts and administrative units (SAUs) are doing just that. Some say the process should be made easier, particularly for cooperative districts that were designed to discourage dissolution. But others warn of unintended consequences for students.  

School enrollment throughout New England has been declining, a demographic change that has prompted Maine and Vermont to encourage districts and towns to combine schools and resources to save money and provide educational opportunities for students.