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Mohawk science teacher Kathleen Stier in Harbin, China, during a weeklong summer institute to teach AP course work to Chinese teachers. 
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Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 0

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a salary range between $95,000 and $105,000. It followed a search advertised in nine print and … 0

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the school’s opening day Thursday. Schools Superintendent Maria Geryk and high school Principal Mark Jackson said Wednesday … 0

Amherst Regional School Committee to air differences over task force member’s comments, reprimand

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has called a meeting for Monday to address comments about a racial assault involving middle school students that were made by the leader of a task force … 3

'This secrecy is really dangerous' Amherst middle school assault news to most students, residents

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A racially fueled assault on a middle school student that Amherst school leaders say was “well known throughout the school community” is a mystery to residents and middle and high school students interviewed across Amherst Monday. … 6

Many officials OK with Amherst school's handling of racially-motivated assault, community still has questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A white middle school student was attacked this spring by students of color apparently because of his skin color, but school officials did not report it to police at the request of the victim’s parents. That … 4

Backstory: Amherst opted for silence on white student 'aggressively, seriously' assaulted by students of color

Friday, July 4, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst’s top school official said Friday a spring incident in which a white student was targeted and “aggressively and seriously” assaulted by students of color was investigated and resolved internally. Superintendent Maria Geryk said in a … 7

Northampton names Candice Walczak new schools business manager

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Candice Walczak, business administrator for the South Hadley Public Schools, is the new finance chief for the Northampton School Department. Walczak was chosen by a search committee and appointed by the School Committee June 23. She will begin her new position Oct. 1. “I thought it … 0

Backstory: Remark by Amherst Regional School Committee member allegedly identifying student as ‘racist’ prompts apology, reprimand

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — School officials have reprimanded a task force examining racial issues in the schools after the panel’s chairman allegedly identified a white student involved in racial tensions at Amherst Regional High School as a racist, and have also apologized to the student’s parents. The remark was allegedly … 4

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets passing grades in annual evaluation, though two dissent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst takes over as Greenfield school superintendent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert took over Tuesday as the leader of the School Department. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0

‘Accidental’ teacher Anne Marie Osheyack of Northampton High School reaps another honor

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, she says, school was her “safe haven.” The 9th grade English teacher at Northampton High recalls that school gave her the support that she did not often get at home. She credits two of her high … 0

Chicago Public Schools to lay off more than 1,100

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CHICAGO — Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 550 teachers, are being laid off because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday. The 550 teachers are eligible to reapply for jobs in the CPS system, officials said. Historically, CPS officials said, more than 60 percent of displaced teachers … 0