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South Hadley teachers reach agreement on three-year contract with 2 percent annual raises, benefit reduction

Friday, September 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A new three-year contract for teachers includes a 2 percent annual pay raise and added longevity pay. It also contains a reduction in benefits and increased work hours. Similar agreements were reached with four other bargaining units. Superintendent Nicholas Young said he is currently negotiating with non-union employees with the goal of reaching individual agreements based on those same principles. “That’s the theme across the board,” he …

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets $11,000 raise, increasing her salary to $158,000

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk has been given an $11,000 salary increase by the school boards that serve the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district, boosting her annual salary to $158,000. The raise was announced in a press release Thursday by Darius Modestow of Pelham, chairman of Union # 26 which governs the …

Bob the horse, Smith Voke’s unofficial mascot, dies at 34

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving the life of animal science teacher Don Baker after a plowing accident. The plow had …

HILLTOWN VOICES: Renovated Anne T. Dunphy School impresses students, teachers and parents

Friday, September 5, 2014

Anne T. Dunphy School Principal Stacey Jenkins said it for many Tuesday morning as Williamsburg students and families streamed in for the first day of school in a long-awaited new building. “We are very excited today, I can’t …

UMass unions rally on campus, claim existing benefits at risk during contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and claims that University of Massachusetts administrators want to take back union benefits prompted an hour-long campus rally led by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by …

Principal Jill Pasquini-Torchia to move from Mosier to Plains School in South Hadley

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Jill Pasquini-Torchia will be the new principal of the Plains Elementary School when it opens in a new building next year, succeeding Jill Flanders, who is retiring in June. Pasquini-Torchia will leave her current job as principal of the Mosier Elementary School to take on …

Students happy with Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School’s new home

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For students at the Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School, the first day of school Wednesday meant reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers, and exploring the bright, modern building that contrasts with their former space in …

Unreasonable? Dogs banned from Amherst school grounds after students bitten; online petition seeks to overturn measure

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST — When Lisa Cain picks up her children at Crocker Farm Elementary School Friday afternoon, she expects to have the family dog, Milo in the car with her despite the fact that dogs are now barred from … 7

Student medical emergency prompts lockdown at Pelham Elementary School

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PELHAM — A medical emergency involving a Pelham student on the playground prompted an ambulance call Tuesday and resulted in a brief lockdown for the rest of the school’s children and staff. Principal Lisa Desjarlais said students were …

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about …

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a …

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the …

MAP Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate …