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Northampton school board approves three-year contract for new schools chief with annual salary of $147,500

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has approved a three-year contract for incoming School Superintendent John Provost with an annual salary of $147,500. Provost, who is to start July 1, must now sign the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Regina Nash. Provost, 42, of Easthampton who has led the North Brookfield public schools since 2011 was chosen over two other finalists from a pool of 22 applicants. The School Committee approved … 0

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — A story about Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching award winners in Hampshire County omitted the name of Jim Cox, a social studies teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley who was selected by his district for the honor. A story Wednedsday about the Westhampton Town Caucus did not make clear that until nominations are confirmed, it … 0

Sunderland School Committee reduces budget request by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or less than 1 percent, more than the current year. Savings were found through a grant supporting the cost of special … 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

Crocker Farm School in Amherst briefly locked down Friday morning

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — Crocker Farm School was briefly locked down Friday morning after a man who did not sign into the West Street school building had a brief conversation with a cafeteria worker about a missing umbrella. According to a statement sent to parents and guardians by Superintendent Maria … 0

Three Amherst Regional Middle School teachers to present workshop at National Conference on Science Education in Boston

Friday, March 28, 2014

AMHERST — Three Amherst Regional Middle School science teachers will be demonstrating their methods to a national audience in Boston next month. Jennifer Welborn, Norman Price and Zachary Holmboe will be conducting workshops at the National Conference on … 0

Sunderland Town Meeting to vote on school playground improvements

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For $95,578, Sunderland Elementary School students can have a safer and more modern playground. The Sunderland Elementary School Playground Committee has requested that amount in Community Preservation Act money to pay for the resurfacing and upgrade … 0

Northampton restaurants host Eat for Education fundraiser Tuesday

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than two dozen local restaurants have signed on for this year’s “Eat for Education fundraiser” on Tuesday to benefit Northampton High School. Ten percent of sales from restaurant meals at participating eateries that day will be donated to the high school PTO’s technology drive for … 0

Two finalists for Greenfield school superintendent also contending for same job in Northampton, Belchertown

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two of the four finalists for Greenfield school superintendent are also in contention for the same job in Northampton and Belchertown. Jordana Harper-Ewert, a chief schools officer for Springfield Public Schools, is one of three finalists in Northampton’s … 2

Report: NY schools are most racially segregated in nation

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEW YORK — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday. The report by the … 0

Beauties and the BEEst win Northampton Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee with ‘demurrage’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The winning word at the 14th Adult Spelling Bee to benefit the Northampton Education Foundation Wednesday was demurrage, defined as the price paid to detain a ship or other cargo vehicle for extra time. But this … 0