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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school …

Frontier Regional School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL GRADE 12 MAXIMUM HONORS: Camilla Baronas, Kathryn Beckley, Hannah Bernotas, Tala Chunga, Megan Farrick, Mae Fydenkevez, Colin Hickey, Junaid Ijaz, Colin Lacey, Kimberly Logan, Kelly O’Neil, Benjamin Parsons, Aleksander Solecki, Jacqueline Spencer, Jake Terreden, Kori Wileman HIGH HONORS: Bryan Annear, Allison Bardwell, Amanda Binette, Justin Blake, James Blinder, Serina Cook, Emily Cox, Lorin Daughton, Leah Eve-Cowles, Oliver Fox, Hannah Goodrow, …

New Pope Francis High School to be built on former site of Cathedral in Springfield

Friday, June 19, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new Roman Catholic school will soon rise on the site of a Springfield school building that closed after it was severely damaged by a tornado four years ago. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announced Friday that the region’s new Pope Francis High School will be …

North Star learning center completes move from Hadley to Sunderland

Friday, June 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens has moved to Sunderland after 13 years in Hadley following that town’s choice not to renew North Star’s lease at the Russell Street School building at the corner of Route 9 and Middle Street. “Hadley has been wonderful for us,” …

Easthampton High School graduate Bryan Delaney named national student of the year by Students Against Destructive Decisions

Thursday, June 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Although he has not yet taken his oath of office, incoming Students Against Destructive Decisions national student of the year Bryan Delaney has big plans for his year-long tenure. “It’s been unbelievable already,” Delaney, 18, said …

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