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New scholarship for graduating seniors recognizes LGBTQI youths and allies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Franklin-Hampshire Chapter has announced a new scholarship for graduating seniors in Franklin and Hampshire counties. Known as the Eric Collins Memorial Award, the scholarship will be given to two graduating seniors, one each in Franklin and Hampshire county secondary schools, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The award is a one-time $250 stipend. This award has been established to …

Judith Houle will serve as interim school superintendent in Granby

Monday, March 2, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee Monday night negotiated a contract with Judith Houle, the former superintendent of the Belchertown schools, who has been named interim superintendent. Houle will take over March 19 for Isabelina Rodriguez who announced earlier this year that she was leaving to take a job in Connecticut. The School Committee …

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 …

Elementary school in Granby evacuated after teacher reports smell of smoke

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GRANBY — The East Meadow School was evacuated for about half an hour Thursday afternoon while the Fire Department investigated what one teacher thought was the smell of smoke in a computer lab, according to Jennifer Champagne, the principal. The Fire Depaetment was called to the school at …

Power failure delays start of school in Amherst

Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMHERST — An overnight power failure delayed the opening of the Amherst Regional Middle and High Schools and the South East Street campus by two hours Thursday morning. Though power was restored to the middle school on Chestnut Street and the high school on Mattoon Street by 5:30 …

Italy unveils record haul of antiquities from Swiss raids

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ROME — Authorities on Wednesday unveiled what they said was a record haul of rare antiquities illegally looted from Italy and discovered during raids on Swiss warehouses belonging to an accused Sicilian art dealer. Police estimated the value …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Northampton TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The annual “teacher appreciation luncheon” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Northampton High School cafeteria. Every year, parents prepare lunch for the teachers on a professional development day. To sign up to bring a dish, visit the event’s …

Northampton High School students battle ‘zombie apocalypse’ by turning off devices for a day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — What would happen if high school students turned off their phones and iPads for an entire school day? At Northampton High School, the result was pretty simple: they talked to each other — face to face. …

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School cited for continuing problems with heat, condition of buildings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School continues to have problems meeting accreditation health and safety standards, with complaints including inadequate heating during the winter and a leaking roof in the library. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson agreed Tuesday that there are problems and said the school, which opened …

Universal access sought in pre-kindergarten bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of a proposal to make pre-kindergarten programs available to all 3- and 4-years olds in the state regardless of family income said it would help narrow the academic achievement gap that exists among students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. The bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would allow …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Granby school superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to leave in mid-March for job in Connecticut

Friday, January 16, 2015

GRANBY — School Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez will leave the post she has held for four years in mid-March to take a job in Connecticut. The move means Rodriguez, 53, will terminate her contract — set to run through …