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Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee met privately with Houle to discuss her …

Division 3A hockey: Amherst comeback falls short in 5-3 semifinal loss to Chicopee Comp

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Suddenly, the Amherst Regional bench, which had been quiet as a church mouse for the first half of the game, came alive. A pair of goals in a span of 63 seconds and another with 18.5 seconds remaining in the second period turned what looked like a Chicopee Comp rout into a close game. Jake Balderston’s goal in the waning …

Northampton officials reluctant to make budget cuts needed for later high school start time

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Superintendent John Provost said Thursday night that he does not believe a later high school start time would be worth the cuts in arts, athletics or Advanced Placement courses needed to pay for it. “The benefit of a late start notwithstanding, these cuts would be devastating to students,” he told the School Committee. Although there was no final decision, board members …

Bryant Free Library in Cummington means just that with no-charge computer classes taught by Ken Graf

Monday, February 16, 2015

CUMMINGTON — At 82, Ken Graf has a lot of reasons to believe in the right click. If you’ve used a computer as long as he has, you’ll know why. If such talk leaves you cold, you might …

Some schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. — Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes. The devices, which heat a nicotine solution to create a vapor instead of burning tobacco, have passed traditional smokes in popularity among teenagers. Schools are clamping down …

Northampton school officials revive study of how to pay for later start time at high school

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — School officials in favor of a later start time face the dilemma of how to pay for the change without cutting teachers or programs. “I see this as a trade-off,” Ann Hennessey, the Ward 5 school committee member, said at Thursday’s meeting. She added that she …

North Star self-directed learning center will move from Hadley to Sunderland after Russell Street School lease terminated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star, a self-directed learning center for teens, will move to Sunderland after it was forced to leave the Russell Street School in Hadley. The learning center signed a five-year lease for the building at 45 …

Safety presentation at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School postponed to Feb. 26

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A presentation at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School on improving school safety through communication has been rescheduled from Friday due to expected inclement weather. Smith Vocational Security Director Kevin Brown will present his initiative “Commit to Communicate” on Feb. 26 at 7 a.m. in the …

Obama to colleges: Skip gourmet food, fancy gyms

Friday, February 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — President Barack Obama criticized university administrators Friday, saying they’d driven up the cost of college with high-priced extras such as gourmet food and lush fitness centers. He also teed off on state legislators who’ve cut funding for state schools, saying they were driving up costs past …

Proposed Deerfield school budget would cut one teacher, five classroom assistants

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Deerfield School Committee has been given a $4.3 million draft budget that would cut one teacher and five classroom assistant positions. The proposed budget calls for increasing spending in the fiscal year beginning July 1 by 2.5 percent over this year. Principal Jeanine M. …

Deerfield School Committee votes to continue participating in state school choice program

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s school choice program, but it will not decide how many slots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment …

‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Easthampton High School gives audiences a front-row seat to students’ hard work

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — When Easthampton High School’s musical “Kiss Me Kate” opens Thursday, audiences will get a glimpse backstage without ever leaving their seats. “Kiss Me Kate” follows the on- and off-stage drama that occurs when a rag-tag group …