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Nonotuck Community School gets three-year lease of former Feiker School building

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the city school board has granted Nonotuck Community School three more years to rent the former Feiker School building, school officials are still concerned about what the future could bring. The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a lease from July 1, 2016, to Aug. 30, 2019, with all maintenance costs to be paid by the tenant. The agreement must still be approved by the …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Area schools explore keeping narcotic overdose-reversal Narcan on hand

Monday, October 5, 2015

With increasing awareness of a heroin epidemic facing the region, Valley schools are exploring the possibility of keeping Narcan, an antidote to narcotic overdose, on hand in the nurse’s office. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he believes a nasal Narcan toolkit should be among the health resources available to students — …

Wills of millions of Americans go online

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold …

Center/Pepin Elementary School Principal Amy Napolitano resigns, replaced by assistant Allison Rebello

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Former assistant principal Allison Rebello is now principal at the Center/Pepin Elementary Schools. She replaces Amy Napolitano, who resigned last week to take another position outside of the district, according to Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, who appointed Rebello to the post last week. “She’s a highly qualified …

New policy educates Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. This fall, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students …

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on …

Teens seeking deals, individual styles for back to school

Monday, August 24, 2015

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she’s particular about what she wears. But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

Toys optional

Monday, August 24, 2015