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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 education and savings in electrical costs. The … 0

Smith Vocational High School budget adds staff, sports and raises tuition for coming year

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Trustees have approved an $8.44 million budget for the coming fiscal year that raises employee salaries, adds new staff and sports programs and increases tuition for students from out-of-town districts. The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 represents less than a 1 percent increase over this year’s $8.38 million spending plan, according … 0

Scholarship named in honor of retired Northamtpon educational leader Joan Schuman

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Collaborative for Educational Services has created a new scholarship in honor of Joan E. Schuman, who retired in February after more than two decades as the nonprofit’s director. The Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund will benefit students with special educational needs who are graduating from high schools in Franklin or Hampshire counties or the Collaborative’s HEC Academy and plan to study at … 0

Proposed Northampton school budget calls for increases in staff and supplies

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City school leaders describe this year’s budget proposal as a “breath of fresh air” compared to last year’s plan, because it contains no layoffs or cuts in school programs. The proposed $30.64 million budget for the fiscal year that begins in July represents an increase of … 0

Carolyn Gardner, teacher targeted by racial slurs at Amherst Regional, calls response ‘anemic’ and ‘sluggish’

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

AMHERST — Carolyn Gardner, a mathematics teacher at Amherst Regional High School who has been targeted by racial slurs three times since last fall, accused administrators Tuesday night of mounting an “anemic” and “sluggish” response to incidents she … 11

Easthampton school leaders propose $18.13 million budget with no layoffs or cuts; mayor says 'unrealistic'

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Center School parent Lori Shine said she has been “waiting to see a robust investment in the schools” in the more than 10 years she has lived in the city. Instead, “all I keep seeing are … 0

South Hadley school union, first-grade teacher criticize superintendent

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — School Superintendent Nicholas Young has come under fire from the teachers’ union protesting the elimination of department head positions and a first-grade teacher who alleges his leadership has led to a “collective morale plummet.” The … 18

Amherst Regional High School students show support for teacher targeted in racist graffiti

Monday, March 24, 2014

AMHERST — Although the teacher targeted in racist graffiti found in a bathroom at Amherst Regional High School last week had not yet returned to school Monday, students and staff have rallied around her with many notes of … 2

Finalists for Northampton schools chief outline skills, priorities for district

Monday, March 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Team-oriented leadership, expertise in using data to improve schools, and a focus on students are qualities all three finalists say they would bring to the job of Northampton school superintendent. Residents will have an opportunity Tuesday … 0

Disparities remain in America’s schools

Friday, March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that black children have the right to the same education as their white peers. But civil rights data released Friday by the Education Department reflect an education system rife … 0

Northampton school board to interview finalists Tuesday for schools chief

Friday, March 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee will conduct public interviews with three finalists for the post of city schools chief Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at JFK Middle School. The three finalists, chosen from a pool of 22 applicants, are Laurie A. Casna, of Plymouth, director of personnel and … 0

State education commissioner gets hands-on lessons at Easthampton High School

Thursday, March 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School sophomore Chloe Crabb had a new discussion partner Thursday in her advanced placement U.S. history class: state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. Chester spent the morning attending classes at EHS, meeting with school and … 0

Bobbie Finocchio hired to head Fort River Elementary School in Amherst

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AMHERST — An elementary school principal from Winthrop, who has worked as a special education teacher and teacher mentor, has been named principal of Fort River Elementary School. Bobbie Finocchio, 31, principal of Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School, … 1