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Elementary school in Granby evacuated after teacher reports smell of smoke

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GRANBY — The East Meadow School was evacuated for about half an hour Thursday afternoon while the Fire Department investigated what one teacher thought was the smell of smoke in a computer lab, according to Jennifer Champagne, the principal. The Fire Depaetment was called to the school at 1:23 p.m. and the 203 students in the school, which serves Grades 4 to 6, walked about 50 yards to the high …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 a.m., about four hours after power went out, Ronald Bohonowicz, the director of facilities, said …

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ROME — Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. Police estimated the value of the 5,361 vases, kraters, bronze statues and frescoes at about 50 million euros ($58 …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Northampton TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The annual “teacher appreciation luncheon” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Northampton High School cafeteria. Every year, parents prepare lunch for the teachers on a professional development day. To sign up to bring a dish, visit the event’s …

Northampton High School students battle ‘zombie apocalypse’ by turning off devices for a day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — What would happen if high school students turned off their phones and iPads for an entire school day? At Northampton High School, the result was pretty simple: they talked to each other — face to face. …

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School cited for continuing problems with heat, condition of buildings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School continues to have problems meeting accreditation health and safety standards, with complaints including inadequate heating during the winter and a leaking roof in the library. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson agreed Tuesday that there are problems and said the school, which opened …

Universal access sought in pre-kindergarten bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of a proposal to make pre-kindergarten programs available to all 3- and 4-years olds in the state regardless of family income said it would help narrow the academic achievement gap that exists among students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. The bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would allow …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Granby school superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to leave in mid-March for job in Connecticut

Friday, January 16, 2015

GRANBY — School Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez will leave the post she has held for four years in mid-March to take a job in Connecticut. The move means Rodriguez, 53, will terminate her contract — set to run through …

Proposal to regionalize all grades in Amherst-Pelham School District moves closer to vote by towns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — After years of planning, residents of Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury and Amherst may have a chance to vote on a proposal to create a regional school district for all grades. A Regional Agreement Working Group, established in 2013, made recommendations Tuesday to the current regional district’s school …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Rotting trees to come down on property used by Smith School off Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sections of the 282-acre property off Burts Pit Road used by Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be temporarily closed to the public starting Wednesday, when work begins to remove six rotting trees from the park. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson asks that people observe safety precautions …

Worthington enrolls students, seeks to hire principal as it plans to reopen public elementary school

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The town’s School Committee has started enrolling students and is seeking a principal as it works to reopen a public elementary school in town by September. The R.H. Conwell Elementary School served the children of Worthington as a public school until 2010, when it was closed …