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Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and one middle school-age student who exemplify a commitment to volunteerism. The high schooler will receive $700 and the middle schooler $200. In …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he has selected Leonard to lead the newly combined middle and high school administration as principal, …

Frontier Regional towns oppose additions made to school budget for six positions

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at town meetings later this month. And …

Northampton School Committee approves $30.7 million budget, without later start for high school

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton School Committee on Thursday approved a $30.69 million school budget for next year that does not include a later high school start time. All board members voted for the $30,694,357 budget proposed by Superintendent John Provost for the year beginning July 1. That amount …

Furnace problem causes brief evacuation of West Street School in Granby

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GRANBY — The West Street School was evacuated Tuesday when teachers smelled heating oil as the result of a furnace backfiring, according to interim superintendent Judith Houle. The incident occurred in the afternoon. The approximately 245 students enrolled in the school at 14 West St., which serves preschoolers …

Congressman James McGovern offers valuable lessons to sixth graders in Hadley

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — Congressman James McGovern told a room full of sixth graders at the Hadley Elementary School on Wednesday that he was not much older than them when he made his first foray into politics. In seventh grade, …

Two finalists for principal in Worthington will be interviewed Saturday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to meet the two finalists for the principal’s job at the R.H. Conwell Elementary School when they tour the building and are interviewed Saturday. The Worthington School Committee has narrowed 14 applicants to finalists Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, and Jill Phelan, of …

First Arts Night In at Northampton High School on Friday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Playing off the popular city tradition Arts Night Out, Northampton High School will hold its own celebration of local arts Friday. The first Arts Night In will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the high school on Elm Street. The free event will feature …

Amherst educator among three finalists for prinicpal at Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MONTAGUE — An Amherst educator is among three finalists for principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. The search nears a conclusion, as the three are scheduled to visit next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, …

Esther Daube-Valois volunteers with JFK Middle School Buddies program, earns Zonta Girl of the Year award

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Keeping some half-dozen elementary school children on task is no easy feat, especially when you’re not that much older yourself. But for Esther Daube-Valois, 13, this skill seems to come naturally. “You have to say something …

Some Frontier Regional parents express concern about early release plan for students on Fridays

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district want to see further details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development before it is approved. The district’s administrators argued at a public forum Tuesday …

Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …