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New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county secondary schools, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The award is a one-time $250 stipend. This award has been established to …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee …

Deerfield School Committee votes to continue participating in state school choice program

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s school choice program, but it will not decide how many slots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment …

‘Kiss Me Kate’ at Easthampton High School gives audiences a front-row seat to students’ hard work

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — When Easthampton High School’s musical “Kiss Me Kate” opens Thursday, audiences will get a glimpse backstage without ever leaving their seats. “Kiss Me Kate” follows the on- and off-stage drama that occurs when a rag-tag group …

Union 28 offers superintendent’s job to Jennifer Haggerty of Fitchburg

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ERVING — If Jennifer Haggerty of Fitchburg takes the job, she will soon begin work as superintendent of the Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell elementary schools. The Union 28 Joint Supervisory Committee voted 9-4 to offer the job to Haggerty after four hours of interviews and …

Area news briefs

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Easthampton PULASKI CLUB MEETING: The Polish Pulaski Club of Easthampton will hold its annual stockholders meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the club home at 79 Maple St., Easthampton. The executive board and board of directors will be elected. The meeting is for members only. CONSERVATION GROUP: The …

Controversial Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School schedule changes to go into effect in September

Saturday, January 31, 2015

AMHERST — A new middle school schedule plan, praised by administrators but criticized by many parents and some school committee members, will go into effect in September, according to School Superintendent Maria Geryk. In an email Saturday, Geryk said she had decided to move forward with changes designed …

Sunderland Elementary School celebrates diversity

Saturday, January 31, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a …

Security upgrades at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School include emphasis on communication

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School aims to increase school safety with more than $160,000 in security upgrades and a commitment to better communication in the digital age. The school installed 20 new security cameras last fall and plans to add 20 more as part of …

Friday, January 30, 2015

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: A Hopkins Academy graduate is one of 10 students in the country selected for a year-long Qatar Exchange Fellowship through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Bilal Ali, 23, a 2011 Hopkins Academy grad …

Proposed Frontier Regional School District budget shows no increase from this year

Friday, January 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School District budget for the year beginning July 1 shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirements or layoffs. The district, which comprises Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting …

Gateway School Committee member from Russell files lawsuit seeking to block withdrawal by Worthington

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WORTHINGTON — A member of the Gateway Regional School Committee from Russell has filed a lawsuit seeking to block Worthington’s withdrawal from the district. Then-Gov. Deval Patrick in May signed a bill allowing Worthington to separate from the seven-town Gateway Regional School District and to establish its own …