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South Hadley teachers reach agreement on three-year contract with 2 percent annual raises, benefit reduction

Friday, September 12, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A new three-year contract for teachers includes a 2 percent annual pay raise and added longevity pay. It also contains a reduction in benefits and increased work hours. Similar agreements were reached with four other bargaining units. Superintendent Nicholas Young said he is currently negotiating with non-union employees with the goal of reaching individual agreements based on those same principles. “That’s the theme across the board,” he …

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets $11,000 raise, increasing her salary to $158,000

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk has been given an $11,000 salary increase by the school boards that serve the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district, boosting her annual salary to $158,000. The raise was announced in a press release Thursday by Darius Modestow of Pelham, chairman of Union # 26 which governs the …

Bob the horse, Smith Voke’s unofficial mascot, dies at 34

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving the life of animal science teacher Don Baker after a plowing accident. The plow had …

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That … 1

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised …

Open Meeting Law complaint filed against Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee for controversial session held to discuss member’s reprimand

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a …

New students at UMass, Amherst College invited to meet downtown businesses Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into …

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions …

Area briefs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton NHS FRESHMEN TRANSITION: Northampton High School will hold its first-ever transition event for freshmen and their parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is aimed to ease anxieties of students and their parents about entering the high school. Students will meet the high school administrators, …

Town and school officials back out of WHMP radio’s broadcast on racial issues in Amherst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Four Amherst officials backed out of a live broadcast by radio station WHMP on racial issues the day before Thursday’s planned event, saying the town and schools are in the early stages of an effort to …

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing … 1

@john_provost: Northampton schools open with a new chief and more steps into high tech

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton students can look forward to having WiFi connections to the Internet this year. By the end of September, the high school should be a WiFi hot spot. “The world is working at that high rate of speed, …

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes …