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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 …

Lisa Minnick will not seek re-election after 25 years on Northampton School Committee

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lisa L. Minnick, the longest-serving member of the Northampton School Committee, has announced that she will not seek re-election this year. Minnick, who lives at 44 Winterberry Lane in Florence and represents Ward 6, made the announcement at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting, according to Mayor …

Calvin Terrell returns to Amherst to give controversial presentation to parents

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Social justice activist Calvin Terrell returned to Amherst Regional Middle School Sunday to give parents the opportunity to see the same controversial presentation given to their children in October. In October, Terrell delivered presentations at both …

Northampton officials tell state panel what’s wrong with education funding

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — School administrators, teachers, and other public school advocates sounded off about shortcomings in the way the state funds education at a public hearing at Northampton High School Saturday. The meeting drew about 100 people, more than …

Deerfield considers ending School Choice program in elementary grades

Saturday, January 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the town of Deerfield facing yet another tight budget this year, the Deerfield School Committee is weighing whether it will continue to accept students under the state’s School Choice program. The concern is that accepting out-of-town students will end up costing the school money rather …

Fierce falcon: Smith Adademy student-created mural graces gymnasium hallway

Friday, January 9, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Fierce falcon Smith Academy teacher Julie Muellejans, hands out corsages to Renee Archambault, left, Will Smiarowski and K.K. Smiarowski before a dedication ceremony Monday for a student-created mural painted in a hallway outside the gym. The …

Concerns aired about proposed schedule changes for Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School

Thursday, January 8, 2015

AMHERST — Parents and other community members expressed discontent Thursday with proposed schedule changes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School that would increase time for English, math, science and social studies while decreasing time for many electives. The proposal will be brought to Superintendent Maria Geryk to make …

State committee reviewing public school spending to hold hearing in Northampton on Saturday

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State officials will give parents, educators, and other community members an opportunity to sound off about how much money they believe it takes to run a school district at a public hearing Saturday. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Northampton High School auditorium, the …

Northampton High School Key Club volunteers package meals for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Donning hair nets and gloves, Northampton High School students organized themselves into four assembly-line style teams in the cafeteria Monday night to see who could feed the hungry the fastest. The effort paid off. More then …

New student-led group fights racism from within at Hopkins Academy in Hadley

Sunday, December 28, 2014

HADLEY — Minority students at Hopkins Academy reacted to what they call almost daily expressions of racism by forming the school’s first diversity club this fall. Student Mik Gnobo, an eighth grader, said he has been the target …

Baker names education chief

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker on Tuesday named charter school advocate and former chairman of the state Board of Education James Peyser to serve as his secretary of education and also appointed commissioners of public health and agriculture as he continued to build his new administration. Baker, …