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Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the school in Cummington, which Superintendent Robert Putnam said will save between $585,000 and $687,000 annually. The district’s plan was to have children …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of rowing, which would soon become his main source of exercise. He had run into Stephanie …

Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least three towns said during a four-town meeting Thursday …

Deerfield School Committee approves budget calling for eliminating teacher and five instructional assistants

Monday, March 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town’s School Committee has approved a $4.3 million budget for next year — an increase of 2.5 percent over this year — but nobody appears particularly happy with the way that it was achieved. If approved at Town Meeting, the budget would cut one full-time …

KKK skit by Wheaton College football players shocks campus

Friday, March 6, 2015

CHICAGO — An incident involving Wheaton College football players who dressed up in Ku Klux Klan robes as part of a parody of the Will Smith film “Bad Boys II” has rocked the college’s campus, which already has been reeling from two other recent high-profile incidents. The skit …

‘Global Beat’ concert at Leeds School features music and artwork from around the world

Friday, March 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Leeds School students managed to squeeze more than a half dozen countries of the world into their school cafeteria Friday morning. All 350 students in kindergarten through Grade 5 presented “Global Beat,” a concert for school …

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Friday, March 6, 2015

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid …

Survey shows most Americans support gay marriage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest …

Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School …

Amherst Regional stages production of Tony award-winning musical ‘Hairspray’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The curtain will rise Thursday at Amherst Regional High School for the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2002, portrays 1960s Baltimore during racial integration. “We wanted to take on something …

State to review Northampton school programs for special education, English language learners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City schools will be reviewed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the areas of special education, English language learners, and civil rights. Such evaluations, called Coordinated Program Reviews, are conducted routinely every six years by the department to satisfy state and federal …

Former Marine Victor Nunez Ortiz runs write-in campaign for seat on Amherst School Committee

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — A former Marine who served in Iraq and now assists veterans who are at risk of losing their benefits and becoming homeless is running a write-in campaign for a seat on the Amherst School Committee at the March 31 town election. Victor A. Nunez Ortiz, of …