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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 appointment. LIBRARY FUNDRAISER: “Reading Rocks,” an annual … 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 about the Westhampton Town Caucus did not make clear that until nominations are confirmed, it … 0

Josh Gunderson to visit HRHS to talk internet safety in the age of social networks

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — It’s becoming a regular occurrence for issues among teens that started on Facebook and other social networks spill over into high school hallways. In January, comments an Amherst Regional High School student made on Facebook allegedly … 0

Northampton school board delays changing high school start time

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — There will be no change in the start time at Northampton High School in the fall. Revisiting a decision made last year to move the school bell at NHS from 7:30 a.m. to between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m by September, the School Committee voted Thursday … 0

Northampton school board unanimously approves $30.64 million budget for coming year; no layoffs planned

Friday, April 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee unanimously approved a $30.64 million budget that for the first time in several years, contains no plans for layoffs or cuts in programs. The proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins in July calls for $26.36 million from the city — an … 0

Area Briefs

Friday, April 11, 2014

Amherst AUTHOR TALK: Local author Leah Rose will conduct a workshop on “How to Publish an eBook” Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at the Jones Library in Amherst. Rose is the author of the new eBook “A Drink of Green.” There is a $5-$10 donation requested. Contact Leah Rose … 0

Greenfield Community College gets $28,000 grant to improve training for certified nursing assistants

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and Clinical and Support Options will explore this spring how to equip workers with a new range of skills demanded in the ever-changing health care landscape. The state awarded nearly $2 million in planning grants last week to health organizations and educational institutions … 0

With sold-out show, Easthampton High students prepare for eighth Mr. Easthampton benefit for SADD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — In its eighth year, the Mr. Easthampton contest at Easthampton High School is more popular than ever, relying on some light-hearted fun to deliver a serious message. A fundraiser for the high school’s Students Against Destructive … 0

Vigil for Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner draws 150; action urged on ‘institutionalized racism’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

AMHERST — During a vigil Tuesday evening on the Common, about 150 community members, former teachers and local students called for an end to what they termed a culture of “institutionalized racism” in the Amherst regional school district. … 0

Frontier Regional withdraws request for Community Preservation Act money to repair tennis courts

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to pay for repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair them, Barrett said, “At some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The courts … 0

Divided Belchertown School Committee reopens search for superintendent

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — A divided school committee voted Tuesday night to reopen the search for a new superintendent of schools with a goal of permanently filling the job by next January. A motion to consider offering the position to one of the two remaining candidates after top choice John … 0

Aliza Pluta of Holyoke named new principal of William E. Norris School in Southampton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The new principal of the William E. Norris School is Aliza Pluta, principal of Holyoke’s Morgan Full Service Community School. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he chose Pluta from three finalists based on her … 0