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Deerfield will consider request for repairs to Frontier Regional School tennis courts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Residents this spring will consider funding repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to Town Meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to Town Meeting is Conway. The Whately and Sunderland committees already recommended the requests. Superintendent Martha Barrett said she is meeting with … 0

Area Briefs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easthampton EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS: Early childhood screenings for city children ages 3 to 5 will be held May 1 and 2 at Maple Elementary School. Parents of children who may have special needs or are interested in enrolling as “peer partners” in the city’s Early Childhood Program may call 529-1500, ext. 120 between 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. weekdays to schedule a screening … 0

Northampton School Committee approves three-year contract for new Superintendent John Provost with annual salary of $147,500

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has approved a three-year contract for incoming School Superintendent John Provost with an annual salary of $147,500. Provost, who is to start July 1, must now sign the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Regina Nash. Provost, 42, of Easthampton who has led the North Brookfield public schools since 2011 was chosen over two other finalists from a pool … 0

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A story about Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching award winners in Hampshire County omitted the name of Jim Cox, a social studies teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley who was selected by his district for the honor. A story Wednedsday … 0

Sunderland School Committee reduces budget request by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or less than 1 percent, more … 0

Smith Vocational High School budget adds staff, sports and raises tuition for coming year

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Trustees have approved an $8.44 million budget for the coming fiscal year that raises employee salaries, adds new staff and sports programs and increases tuition for students from out-of-town districts. The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 … 0

Scholarship named in honor of retired Northamtpon educational leader Joan Schuman

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Collaborative for Educational Services has created a new scholarship in honor of Joan E. Schuman, who retired in February after more than two decades as the nonprofit’s director. The Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund will benefit students with special educational needs who are graduating from high schools … 0

Chalk Talk: Michele Turner Bernhard The “True Grit” of “The American Dream”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Driving to Northampton High School on a cold, dark Monday morning in March, I heard an NPR story that began: “It’s become the new buzz phrase in education: ‘Got grit?’” Through my car window I watched students from … 2

Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners in Hampshire County

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teachers from public schools in Hampshire and Franklin counties chosen for this year’s Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards will be honored May 6 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The 11th annual awards, sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, come with $500, local YMCA memberships and … 0

Education group hosts film showing, panel on ‘high-stakes’ school testing Thursday at HCC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus of state Teachers Association members, is hosting a free film screening and panel discussion Thursday at Holyoke Community College about standardized testing in public schools. A showing of the 73-minute documentary, “Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights” by former teacher … 0

Grinspoon: Excellence in Teaching award winners in Northampton, Easthampton, Westhampton reflect on what makes a good educator

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — What does it take to be an excellent teacher? For Melissa Power-Greene, a special education teacher at Northampton High School, good teaching requires “really connecting with students.” “It means looking them in the eye and asking … 0

Racist and anti-gay graffiti discovered at Smith Vocational School

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Administrators at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School are investigating the source of racist and anti-gay graffiti found Monday on the school campus. School Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson notified police at 3:22 p.m. Monday that a custodian … 0

City and school leaders hope to launch energy-saving project at White Brook Middle School

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The School Department is teaming up with the city’s Energy Committee on a project aimed at saving $53,000 annually in energy costs at White Brook Middle School. Energy Committee Chairman Marin Goldstein, an elementary school parent, said a preliminary study shows the schools account for 53 … 0