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Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies that address potential problems “from over-identifying low-income …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five inmates from the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton assembled a wooden …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

Local officials to form committee to decide future of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Area school officials and others with an interest in the future of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School plan to form a committee to explore possible changes in the school’s governance, with regionalization being one possibility. “There are complex issues about why we choose to support …

Rebecca Busansky announces candidacy for Ward 1 School Committee seat in Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nonprofit coordinator Rebecca Busansky has announced her candidacy for the Ward 1 School Committee seat. Busansky, 48, of 82 Jackson St., is coordinator of the PVGrows Investment Fund, a program that aims to increase access to healthy local food by providing financial and technical assistance to …

State report on Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School subject of Wednesday meeting

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State officials will give a public presentation Wednesday about Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, aimed to help the city explore a possible change in the school’s governance model. At 7 p.m. in the Smith Vocational library, 80 Locust St., Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and …

Williston Northampton School to test new audio emergency alert system Wednesday

Monday, June 15, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Residents and passersby in the area of the Williston Northampton School at noon Wednesday may hear a loud 20-second tone followed by an announcement — but it’s only a test. The school, at 19 Payson Ave., plans to test a new emergency alert system installed over …

Hilltown Voices: Fire Safety field day at New Hingham Elementary School, dance in Goshen, book reading in Plainfield

Saturday, June 13, 2015

When an alarm sounds, firefighters waste no time jumping into turnout gear, grabbing their equipment, racing to the scene of a fire, rescuing those in harm’s way and putting out the flames. On Wednesday, that is what teams of pint-sized “firefighters” will be doing at the New Hingham …

Cool times near school year’s end

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

‘Hats Off to Progeria’ campaign at Frontier Regional School raises money for foundation

Friday, June 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In most high schools, wearing hats during the school day is taboo. But Thursday was an exception at Frontier Regional School. With the blessing of the school’s administration, students showed up wearing all sorts of …

Student art exhibit ‘Humans of Northampton’ aims to raise awareness of opioid epidemic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sean Walker said it took him just one time trying heroin before he became addicted. A friend had brought it to his hometown of Pittsfield, he recalled, and soon nearly all of his friends were using …

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee blasts standardized tests in letter to Legislature

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on Tuesday took a stand against standardized tests. It also praised plans for schedule changes at both the high school and middle school, which were presented during Tuesday’s meeting. The board voted unanimously to send a letter favoring a moratorium on …