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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 a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 percent from this year. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett and Patricia Cavanaugh, the district’s business manager, …

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 public school. However, Ruth Kennedy of Russell, contends that was “unconstitutional” and has filed the …

Cummington parents seek alternative to busing elementary school children to Dalton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Parents in Cummington are scrambling to find alternatives to busing their elementary school children to Dalton after the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee voted in December to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School at the end of this school year. An Ad Hoc Education Committee is leading the effort to come up with a workable short-term plan that would keep the …

Northampton High School Key Club volunteers package meals for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Donning hair nets and gloves, Northampton High School students organized themselves into four assembly-line style teams in the cafeteria Monday night to see who could feed the hungry the fastest. The effort paid off. More then …

New student-led group fights racism from within at Hopkins Academy in Hadley

Sunday, December 28, 2014

HADLEY — Minority students at Hopkins Academy reacted to what they call almost daily expressions of racism by forming the school’s first diversity club this fall. Student Mik Gnobo, an eighth grader, said he has been the target …

Baker names education chief

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BOSTON — Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker on Tuesday named charter school advocate and former chairman of the state Board of Education James Peyser to serve as his secretary of education and also appointed commissioners of public health and agriculture as he continued to build his new administration. Baker, …

Student readers help nonprofit raise $4,000 for children’s Christmas gifts

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — This holiday season, Rod Hart found himself glad to be “one of those mean teachers” who requires his students to read a lot of books. Thanks in part to his eighth-graders’ bookish determination, a local nonprofit was able to raise more than $4,000 to buy Christmas …

Cummington students will be bused to Dalton after district votes to close Berkshire Trail Elementary School

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CUMMINGTON — A decision earlier this month to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School leaves some students facing a one-way bus trip of 55 minutes next year, and town officials considering other options for educating Cummington children. The …

Hadley student robot team preps for state meet, ponders moving from one FIRST to another

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

HADLEY — Four years ago, five fourth graders from Hadley Elementary School established the first FIRST. Now with nine members and numerous awards, they are ready to move on to the second. In 2010, the youngsters formed a …

Smith Vocational, VA launch new partnership based on community service, shared stories

Friday, December 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Army Sgt. Gerard Peters of Easthampton not only had “the best veal I ever had” last week, but was reminded that younger people continue to appreciate his service. Peters, 52, who was in the Army for …

University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …