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Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School to succeed Jill Flanders, who is retiring July 1. Goodhind has led the Boylston Elementary School in the central part of the …

Amherst Regional stages production of Tony award-winning musical ‘Hairspray’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The curtain will rise Thursday at Amherst Regional High School for the Tony award-winning musical “Hairspray.” The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2002, portrays 1960s Baltimore during racial integration. “We wanted to take on something that was a little challenging, especially in terms of talking explicitly about race,” director John …

State to review Northampton school programs for special education, English language learners

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City schools will be reviewed by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the areas of special education, English language learners, and civil rights. Such evaluations, called Coordinated Program Reviews, are conducted routinely every six years by the department to satisfy state and federal requirements. Department staff will review district procedures in the three areas, then visit the district …

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School cited for continuing problems with heat, condition of buildings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School continues to have problems meeting accreditation health and safety standards, with complaints including inadequate heating during the winter and a leaking roof in the library. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson agreed Tuesday that there are problems and said the school, which opened …

Universal access sought in pre-kindergarten bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of a proposal to make pre-kindergarten programs available to all 3- and 4-years olds in the state regardless of family income said it would help narrow the academic achievement gap that exists among students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. The bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would allow …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Granby school superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to leave in mid-March for job in Connecticut

Friday, January 16, 2015

GRANBY — School Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez will leave the post she has held for four years in mid-March to take a job in Connecticut. The move means Rodriguez, 53, will terminate her contract — set to run through …

Proposal to regionalize all grades in Amherst-Pelham School District moves closer to vote by towns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — After years of planning, residents of Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury and Amherst may have a chance to vote on a proposal to create a regional school district for all grades. A Regional Agreement Working Group, established in 2013, made recommendations Tuesday to the current regional district’s school …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Rotting trees to come down on property used by Smith School off Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sections of the 282-acre property off Burts Pit Road used by Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be temporarily closed to the public starting Wednesday, when work begins to remove six rotting trees from the park. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson asks that people observe safety precautions …

Worthington enrolls students, seeks to hire principal as it plans to reopen public elementary school

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The town’s School Committee has started enrolling students and is seeking a principal as it works to reopen a public elementary school in town by September. The R.H. Conwell Elementary School served the children of Worthington as a public school until 2010, when it was closed …

Lisa Minnick will not seek re-election after 25 years on Northampton School Committee

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lisa L. Minnick, the longest-serving member of the Northampton School Committee, has announced that she will not seek re-election this year. Minnick, who lives at 44 Winterberry Lane in Florence and represents Ward 6, made the announcement at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting, according to Mayor …

Calvin Terrell returns to Amherst to give controversial presentation to parents

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Social justice activist Calvin Terrell returned to Amherst Regional Middle School Sunday to give parents the opportunity to see the same controversial presentation given to their children in October. In October, Terrell delivered presentations at both …