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Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton.

Mosaic masterpieces

Friday, February 5, 2016

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse districts for tuition they must pay to charter schools on behalf of their students who …

Amherst building committee selects Wildwood site for new elementary school

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — The Amherst building committee Tuesday selected the Wildwood site for the building that could replace both Wildwood and Fort River elementary schools. Thirteen of the committee’s 15 members selected the option of a new building with two wings, each of which would house a 375-student Grade 2 to 6 school. The building would be constructed in phases, meaning it would cost …


Friday, January 15, 2016

Belchertown school employee placed on leave after bringing gun to school for advice on cleaning it

Friday, January 15, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — A staff member at the Chestnut Hill Community School has been placed on paid administrative leave after bringing an unloaded handgun in a locked case into the building on Wednesday to seek advice from a colleague about cleaning it. School officials are now conducting an internal …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, January 15, 2016

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, fresh apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Mac and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato puffs, corn, garbanzo beans, orange, sliced peaches FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, veggie dippers, broccoli florets, fruit, …

Deerfield Elementary School now offers gluten-free lunch options

Friday, January 15, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. …

Northampton School Committee grants Nonotuck lease of former Feiker School building; takes stand on high-stakes testing

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After months of uncertainty, Nonotuck Community School got the green light Thursday night to stay in its current home. At its first meeting of the year, the School Committee also took up the issue of high-stakes testing, debating the merits and perils of a system many …

Majority of Amherst School Committee members support replacing Wildwood and Fort River with 750-student school

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The Amherst School Committee is preparing to make a potentially unpopular decision next week — replacing Wildwood and Fort River elementary schools with a two-wing school for 750 students in Grades 2 to 6 — in …

Amherst educators and parents favor replacing Fort River and Wildwood with 670-student elementary school

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

AMHERST — Parents as well as teachers and staff favor replacing the Fort River and Wildwood elementary schools with a single new building containing two separate wings for 670 students in kindergarten through Grade 6, according to a …

School Committee expected to award new lease for former Feiker School building

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Nonotuck Community School has agreed to the city’s terms, including taking on maintenance costs, and will likely remain in its current space in the former Feiker School building. The School Committee is poised to award a new three-year lease for the former Feiker School building at …

Forums scheduled for community to comment on Amherst elementary school options

Monday, January 11, 2016

AMHERST — With about a week left before the Amherst School Committee decides which elementary school building option it prefers, a series of meetings are scheduled to provide information to board members and the community at large. On …

Wooden building blocks help foster cooperative play at Crocker Farm Elementary School in Amherst

Friday, January 8, 2016

AMHERST — Preschoolers at Crocker Farm Elementary School hope some day to get $240,000 handicapped-accessible playground funded by the Community Preservation Act, but for now they are having fun with about $15,000 worth of movable wooden building blocks. …