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Smith Vocational High School budget adds staff, programs and raises tuition for coming year

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Trustees have approved an $8.44 million budget for the coming fiscal year that raises employee salaries, adds new staff and sports programs and increases tuition for students from out-of-town districts. The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 represents less than a 1 percent increase over this year’s $8.38 million spending plan, according to a summary provided by the school. … 0

Scholarship named in honor of retired Northamtpon educational leader Joan Schuman

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Collaborative for Educational Services has created a new scholarship in honor of Joan E. Schuman, who retired in February after more than two decades as the nonprofit’s director. The Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund will benefit students with special educational needs who are graduating from high schools in Franklin or Hampshire counties or the Collaborative’s HEC Academy and plan to study at … 0

Chalk Talk: Michele Turner Bernhard The “True Grit” of “The American Dream”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Driving to Northampton High School on a cold, dark Monday morning in March, I heard an NPR story that began: “It’s become the new buzz phrase in education: ‘Got grit?’” Through my car window I watched students from Hampshire Heights walking to school in the wind, while Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor at … 1

Amherst Regional High senior prank that spurs early-morning wake up call for principal Mark Jackson just a bunch of bologna

Friday, April 4, 2014

AMHERST — After two lockdowns at the Amherst Regional High School in the past week, students arriving for classes Friday morning were greeted by caution tape strung across the building’s main entrance. But the tape was decorated with slices … 0

John Provost of Easthampton accepts offer as Northampton school superintendent

Friday, April 4, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — John A. Provost of Easthampton said he consulted with “many, many advisers” before accepting Northampton’s offer to become the city’s new school superintendent July 1. Provost was also offered the schools chief job in Belchertown this … 0

Deerfield Elementary School Committee decreases budget request

Friday, April 4, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Deerfield Elementary School Committee has reduced its budget request by $92,951 to ease fiscal pressures on the town. The request is now $96,559 more than this year’s budget. Rather than a 4.55 percent increase over the current year, the budget would increase by 2.23 … 0

Backstory: John Provost to decide Friday between Northampton and Belchertown superintendent offers

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The School Committee Thursday night voted 4-1 to offer the job of superintendent to John A. Provost, who already has an offer from Northampton for the same job. Provost, who lives in Easthampton, said he would … 0

Northampton school board votes to offer John Provost of Easthampton job of superintendent

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two hours of debate, the School Committee voted 8-2 Tuesday to offer the job of city schools superintendent to John A. Provost of Easthampton, beginning July 1. Provost, 42, who has been superintendent of the … 1

Northampton Prevention Coalition leader moving on to new job with drug abuse task force in Franklin County

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City resident Marisa Hebble, who has served as coordinator of the Northampton Prevention Coalition for the past year, is moving on to a new job as coordinator of the Opiate Abuse Task Force of Franklin County. … 0

Easthampton middle schooler organizes clothing drive for needy children

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — White Brook Middle School eighth grader Carly Detmers is organizing a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that helps low-income and homeless children in Massachusetts. A collection box near the middle school’s front office will be available for donations through April 10. Items sought … 0

Belchertown School Committee prepares to interview superintendent finalists

Monday, March 31, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — School Committee members shared their impressions and concerns resulting from visits last week to the districts of each of the three finalists for superintendent and discussed questions they want the candidates to address this week during interviews in Belchertown. The committee is expected to offer the … 0

Amherst students, faculty turn out for vigil in support of Carolyn Gardner

Monday, March 31, 2014

AMHERST — About 300 Amherst Regional High School students, teachers and staff turned out after school Monday to show support for African-American math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who has been targeted in four threatening messages found in the school … 0

Northampton school superintendent candidates meet parents, faculty and administrators

Friday, March 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time during the latest search for a new city school superintendent, the public got to take its questions directly to the candidates Friday. The finalists each met separately at the JFK Middle School … 0