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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 …

Bond for new roof at Deerfield Elementary School will be decided at special Town Meeting

Thursday, January 7, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Residents will vote on funding for the Deerfield Elementary School roof project at a special Town Meeting scheduled Jan. 25 in the Town Hall. Patricia Cavanaugh, the Union 38 director of business services, and Superintendent Martha Barrett provided an update at the Deerfield School Committee …

Search committee for new Frontier superintendent develops questions for candidates

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Search Subcommittee on Thursday will continue its work toward hiring a replacement for outgoing superintendent Martha Barrett. The meeting will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Frontier Regional School Media Center. It will focus on developing questions that the …

UPDATED: Henry Skala named principal of Plains Elementary School in South Hadley

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

OUTH HADLEY — South Hadley Schools Superintendent Nicholas Young announced Wednesday that Henry “Hank” Skala will be the new principal of the Plains Elementary School. Skala has accepted, pending negotiations, Young said. “Hank is a very seasoned elementary …

Despite concerns, survey about elementary school options in Amherst now available for parents

Monday, January 4, 2016

AMHERST — School Committee members Monday released a survey for parents to get their thoughts on differing plans to renovate Amherst’s elementary schools, but those who helped put the survey together wish there had been more time. A similar survey for Amherst school employees is pending. At a …

School lunch menus

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Crispy chicken patty sandwich, Tater Tots, cucumber coins, applesauce, orange TUESDAY: Mozzarella sticks and marinara, carrots, celery sticks, sliced peaches, Bartlett pears WEDNESDAY: Cheeseburger, corn, vegetarian baked beans, pineapple cup, banana THURSDAY: Two soft tacos, brown rice, black beans, diced pears, orange FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, broccoli …

Formula for Amherst regional school costs proves elusive

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

AMHERST — With two weeks until a budget needs to be presented to school committee members, representatives from the four towns in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District (Amherst, Leverett, Pelham and Shutesbury) have yet to agree on a funding formula. Amherst Regional Public Schools Business Manager Sean Mangano …

Hilltown Voices: R.H. Conwell School students take visitors around the world at winter showcase and concert

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Students at R.H. Conwell School in Worthington took visitors on a trip around the world as they presented their recent work featuring the history, culture, flora and fauna found a variety of countries. “The kids were incredibly proud …

Kevin Cousineau accepts job as assistant principal at William E. Norris School in Southampton

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Kevin Cousineau, the assistant principal of Sheffield Elementary School, will resign to accept a job as an assistant principal at the William E. Norris School in Southampton. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Cousineau’s impending departure at a recent School Committee meeting. Cousineau …

Easthampton pen pals make friends at Enemy Swim Day school on South Dakota reservation

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A special education class at Easthampton’s White Brook Middle School has spent the last two months sending letters to a special education classroom at Enemy Swim Day, a school on a reservation in Waubay, South Dakota. …

Amherst parents, staff will be surveyed on elementary school options

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

AMHERST — Parents and elementary school staff will get to weigh in on the district’s upcoming elementary school reconfiguration in the coming weeks in the form of a survey. Amherst School Committee members will review the results of the survey at a meeting on Jan. 13 and then …