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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions that divided the school during their senior year and fear at seeing a black teacher attacked by racist graffiti. Still, they professed … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton NHS FRESHMEN TRANSITION: Northampton High School will hold its first-ever transition event for freshmen and their parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is aimed to ease anxieties of students and their parents about entering the high school. Students will meet the high school administrators, as well as their guidance counselors who will provide them with their schedules and planner. … 0

Town and school officials back out of WHMP radio’s broadcast on racial issues in Amherst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Four Amherst officials backed out of a live broadcast by radio station WHMP on racial issues the day before Thursday’s planned event, saying the town and schools are in the early stages of an effort to unite the community and the officials want to focus on “positive momentum.” “We are unable … 0

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children’s constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

Amherst Regional School Committee to air differences over task force member’s comments, reprimand

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has called a meeting for Monday to address comments about a racial assault involving middle school students that were made by the leader of a task force … 3

'This secrecy is really dangerous' Amherst middle school assault news to most students, residents

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A racially fueled assault on a middle school student that Amherst school leaders say was “well known throughout the school community” is a mystery to residents and middle and high school students interviewed across Amherst Monday. … 6

Many officials OK with Amherst school's handling of racially-motivated assault, community still has questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A white middle school student was attacked this spring by students of color apparently because of his skin color, but school officials did not report it to police at the request of the victim’s parents. That … 4

Backstory: Amherst opted for silence on white student 'aggressively, seriously' assaulted by students of color

Friday, July 4, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst’s top school official said Friday a spring incident in which a white student was targeted and “aggressively and seriously” assaulted by students of color was investigated and resolved internally. Superintendent Maria Geryk said in a … 7

Northampton names Candice Walczak new schools business manager

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Candice Walczak, business administrator for the South Hadley Public Schools, is the new finance chief for the Northampton School Department. Walczak was chosen by a search committee and appointed by the School Committee June 23. She will begin her new position Oct. 1. “I thought it … 0

Backstory: Remark by Amherst Regional School Committee member allegedly identifying student as ‘racist’ prompts apology, reprimand

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — School officials have reprimanded a task force examining racial issues in the schools after the panel’s chairman allegedly identified a white student involved in racial tensions at Amherst Regional High School as a racist, and have also apologized to the student’s parents. The remark was allegedly … 4

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets passing grades in annual evaluation, though two dissent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst takes over as Greenfield school superintendent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert took over Tuesday as the leader of the School Department. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0