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CAROL LOLLIS
Amherst High School.

Amherst officials quash bid to discuss critical school memo, but session posted in partner towns

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — In a tug-of-war that has enmeshed town clerks in four towns, the vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is pressing ahead with a Monday meeting to discuss a controversial reprimand of a fellow board member — despite the chairman’s efforts to cancel it. Trevor Baptiste’s attempts to post the meeting in the towns that make up … 3

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 as well. The June ruling in California has been stayed pending appeal and may never … 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 2012 after serving as principal of Crocker Farm School. Geryk said in an email that … 0

Northampton High School Class of 1964 hosts 50th reunion

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School Class of 1964 is holding its 50th reunion June 20 to 22. It was among the first high school classes in the baby-boomer generation that overwhelmed school facilities and, in Northampton, forced school officials to hold double and triple sessions to accommodate … 0

Around Southampton: Norris School roof still leaking, tennis courts upgraded

Friday, June 13, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The $975,000 project to replace the leaking roof at the William E. Norris School was completed last year, but to the consternation of school officials, there is still leaking in one area. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent … 0

Woman charged with prostitution at library

Thursday, June 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY (AP) — Police say they arrested a New Hampshire woman at the Tewksbury Public Library for allegedly requesting $60 to perform a sex act on an undercover officer. Brittany Macintyre, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Lowell District … 0

Amherst Regional middle schoolers give test run to strategy for changing unruly college behavior

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They learned that changing behavior is tough. They learned that doing meaningful research is tricky. And they learned that explaining scientific formulas can be a brain twister. “Sometimes when I hear myself talking about this it sounds like … 1

Easthampton schools expand academic use of gardening

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — With a boost from a grant, Easthampton schools have expanded their efforts to use gardening as an integral part of the academic program. Parents and school officials gathered Wednesday at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton … 0

President salutes tech school grads

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WORCESTER — Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Barack Obama held up a revitalized New England technical school on Wednesday as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signs three-year contract as Greenfield school superintendent

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next … 0

Margot Lacey, assistant principal at Pine Grove School in Rowley, hired to lead Leverett Elementary School

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LEVERETT — Margot Lacey, the assistant principal at the Pine Grove School in Rowley, has been selected as the new principal of Leverett Elementary School. Lacey, 61, who will start working at the school on July 1, said … 0

Southampton school officals warn of fewer teachers, larger classes if $1 million override fails

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A shortfall in the town budget could mean a reduction in teaching staff and increased class sizes at the elementary school next year. At a crowded meeting Tuesday in the William E. Norris School library, School … 0

Amherst Human Rights Commission honors 10 youths with ‘heroes’ awards

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMHERST — Ten area youths are being honored by the Amherst Human Rights Commission with this year’s Human Rights Heroes awards. The recipients are Amherst Regional High School seniors Camila Carpio and Angela Ononibaku, juniors Taj Torres, Mae Moskin and Yeji Lee, and freshman Tristan Cox; North Star … 0