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In this Sept. 4, 2014 photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), poses for a portrait in Boston. Bonauto was named Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, as one of 21 people to receive a "genius grant" from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Winners of MacArthur ‘genius grants’ unveiled

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each …

Area briefs

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amherst CULTURAL GRANTS: Artists, performers and educators interested in seeking grants from the town’s Cultural Council are invited to an informational meeting in the Goodwin Room of the Jones Library at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. There will be information about eligibility, funding priorities and special criteria. Priority will be given to Amherst projects. In January, the Cultural Council funded 75 projects in arts, sciences …

Easthampton High School Class of 1944 will hold 70th reunion Saturday

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When members of the Easthampton High School Class of 1944 wanted to get their senior yearbook to all of their classmates, it meant having to track down Army Post Office addresses for some of them. “It was a carefree time in your life, but a tough time in the world,” recalls class member Theresa (Nowakowski) Peterson. She is among 18 members …

Move from five- to seven-period day aims to improve students’ course options at Gateway Regional High and Junior High Schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HUNTINGTON — Students at Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School will have a new class schedule this year that school officials say will improve their options for study. “The new daily class schedule is the biggest change happening at the high school this year,” said Wendy …

New principal impressed with ‘welcoming’ community

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LEVERETT — With a new principal and the retirement of a longtime school psychologist, Leverett Elementary School is set for the new school year with its floors waxed and minor repairs made to a leaking office wall. Principal Margot Lacey, 61, started July 1, replacing Anne Ross who …

‘Meet the principal’ night tomorrow in Shutesbury

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SHUTESBURY — Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence is preparing for her first year as the new principal of Shutesbury Elementary School. Mendonsa, 32, joined Shutesbury Elementary on July 1, replacing Maureen Ryan who resigned at the end of the 2013-14 school year. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts …

Two finalists for school superintendent named in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two educators working elsewhere in Massachusetts were named finalists for superintendent of schools in Belchertown after a third candidate withdrew hours before the announcement was made Tuesday evening. Karen Zaleski, director of pupil services for the …

Divided Amherst Regional School Committee elects Trevor Baptiste new chairman amid concern about board factions

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AMHERST — Acknowledging that the Amherst-Regional School Committee has factions that may be causing harm to the school system and student education, a divided board elected a new chairman at its annual retreat Thursday afternoon. Trevor Baptiste of …

Amherst equity panel airs ideas for school reform

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — Supporting school administrators in establishing a more racially and linguistically diverse staff, and retaining these teachers after they are hired, is an initial recommendation expected to come from a group focused on ensuring that Amherst public schools provide a welcoming educational environment for all students. At …

Asian children get Colonial history lesson in Old Deerfield

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — Surrounded by a small group of Asian children dressed in authentic 17th-century Colonial attire, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association artist-in-residence Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette took a handful of loose herbs and began passing around sprigs. “The way to tell …

College, schools unite for equity in Amherst

Monday, August 4, 2014

AMHERST — A partnership between the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and Amherst College is creating a mentoring program in which racial issues will be confronted by elementary, secondary and college students in forums led by social justice educator …

Amherst makes changes in discipline approach to decrease suspensions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — In an attempt to focus more on the causes of bad behavior than on the consequences, the Amherst school district has eliminated two secondary school deans and replaced them with “climate control coordinators.” The positions will …

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for …