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Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee voted to have three members meet with the Amherst National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the next week …

Monday, August 3, 2015

Molly O’Mara heads PR for sports at UMass AMHERST — Molly O’Mara has been named to the newly-created position of associate director of athletics for communications and public relations. O’Mara will oversee all areas of athletics communications, and will also serve as the primary media relations contact for the Minutemen football program. A 2004 graduate of the University, O’Mara spent the previous five …

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 …

Area school lunch menus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: All natural chicken nuggets, oven baked fries, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana Belchertown MONDAY: Half day, no lunch Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Exam lunch assorted sandwiches and wraps; WBMS: Chicken tenders, brown rice, mixed vegetables, veggie burgers are available upon request, chicken ranch wrap, garden salad with chicken, …

Three-ring circus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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 …