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Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the school in Cummington, which Superintendent Robert Putnam said will save between $585,000 and $687,000 annually. The district’s plan was to have children …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of rowing, which would soon become his main source of exercise. He had run into Stephanie …

Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least three towns said during a four-town meeting Thursday …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …

State plans takeover of Holyoke schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the Holyoke Public Schools be put into state receivership. Chester pointed to what he called the “persistent and pervasive” underperformance of Holyoke schools. He said only one in three students there is reading at grade level. Chester said he …

Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in …

Easthampton schools approve budget with no layoffs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Taking what officials believe to be a necessary step to balance school funds, the School Committee approved a $17.9 million budget for the next year with no layoffs and no additional programs or services. “Before we build them, we have to keep them,” said School Committee …

Whately Elementary School budget will increase by less than 1 percent without cutting staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — The Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School in proposing budgets that keep increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The Whately school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any approved school budget in …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Worthington School Committee approves budget, reviews 14 applications for principal

Saturday, March 21, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington School Committee has proposed its first full-year budget as a search proceeds for a principal to lead the elementary school the town plans to reopen later this year. The School Committee March 6 unanimously recommended a $984,912 budget for the fiscal year beginning July …

Easthampton School Superintendent Nancy Follansbee proposes $17.9 million school budget with no layoffs

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee is proposing a $17.9 million school budget for next year that she said includes no layoffs and would allow for the same level of services as this year. “The budget we proposed allows us to keep all the programs and services that we …