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Deerfield will consider request for repairs to Frontier Regional School tennis courts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Residents this spring will consider funding repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to Town Meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to Town Meeting is Conway. The Whately and Sunderland committees already recommended the requests. Superintendent Martha Barrett said she is meeting with … 0

Area Briefs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easthampton EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS: Early childhood screenings for city children ages 3 to 5 will be held May 1 and 2 at Maple Elementary School. Parents of children who may have special needs or are interested in enrolling as “peer partners” in the city’s Early Childhood Program may call 529-1500, ext. 120 between 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. weekdays to schedule a screening … 0

Northampton School Committee approves three-year contract for new Superintendent John Provost with annual salary of $147,500

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The School Committee has approved a three-year contract for incoming School Superintendent John Provost with an annual salary of $147,500. Provost, who is to start July 1, must now sign the contract, according to Interim Superintendent Regina Nash. Provost, 42, of Easthampton who has led the North Brookfield public schools since 2011 was chosen over two other finalists from a pool … 0

Report: NY schools are most racially segregated in nation

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NEW YORK — New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday. The report by the … 0

Beauties and the BEEst win Northampton Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee with ‘demurrage’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The winning word at the 14th Adult Spelling Bee to benefit the Northampton Education Foundation Wednesday was demurrage, defined as the price paid to detain a ship or other cargo vehicle for extra time. But this … 0

Frontier Regional subcommittee seeks to resolve capital spending issues

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A subcommittee of the Frontier Regional School Committee hopes to resolve the question that flustered the four feeder towns and school board during last year’s budget cycle and derailed $133,250 in school capital requests. The Capital Exploration Committee is charged with finding a consensus on … 0

Sunderland seeks to restore softball field which would be named for Timothy Merritt, principal who died

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With its overgrown brush and uneven field, the Sunderland Elementary School ball field has traditionally been avoided by softball teams, who opt for the baseball field or other towns’ fields. That could change this spring. The Sunderland Recreation Committee is asking for $20,458 from Community Preservation … 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