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Proposed Frontier Regional School District budget shows no increase from this year

Friday, January 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School District budget for the year beginning July 1 shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirements or layoffs. The district, which comprises Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 percent from this year. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett and Patricia Cavanaugh, the district’s business manager, …

Gateway School Committee member from Russell files lawsuit seeking to block withdrawal by Worthington

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WORTHINGTON — A member of the Gateway Regional School Committee from Russell has filed a lawsuit seeking to block Worthington’s withdrawal from the district. Then-Gov. Deval Patrick in May signed a bill allowing Worthington to separate from the seven-town Gateway Regional School District and to establish its own public school. However, Ruth Kennedy of Russell, contends that was “unconstitutional” and has filed the …

Cummington parents seek alternative to busing elementary school children to Dalton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CUMMINGTON — Parents in Cummington are scrambling to find alternatives to busing their elementary school children to Dalton after the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee voted in December to close the Berkshire Trail Elementary School at the end of this school year. An Ad Hoc Education Committee is leading the effort to come up with a workable short-term plan that would keep the …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Protesters back Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner against school district

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Wearing orange duct tape over their mouths to mock a school district lawyer’s perceived gag order and holding signs decrying racism, more than 50 supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner stood in frigid temperatures Tuesday …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord …

Amherst teachers, staff told not to discuss Carolyn Gardner case publicly

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School teachers and staff have been advised not to comment publicly or have discussions with students about former math teacher Carolyn Gardner, whose attorneys last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school district. Meantime, a Tuesday meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School …

When students call, Smith profs step in to teach NHS AP biology

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College biology professor Robert L. Dorit can make a comparison between DNA replication and text messaging: The faster it’s done, the more room for error. This is how Dorit explained to a class of 16 …

Amherst Regional junior Harsimran Kaur Multani, Northampton sophomore Lily Rogers members of youth council

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Amherst Regional High School junior and a Northampton High School sophomore are now members of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. Harsimran Kaur Multani of Amherst and Lily Rogers of Florence were among 28 young people from all 14 counties in the state who were sworn in by …

Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren listened to speakers on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as teenager, he would leave those assemblies thinking, “I’ll never be that guy.” “At 18 years old, I …

Amherst Together sponsors survey in effort to improve community for all residents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Before events are scheduled and an action plan is developed for the Amherst Together initiative that aims to create an equitable environment and improve the community for all residents, suggestions are being sought from a broad cross section of Amherst. A community survey is being coordinated …

Supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner will take petition to Amherst school board

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — A group formed to support former math teacher Carolyn Gardner is asking school officials to settle with her before a discrimination complaint proceeds any further. Gardner earlier this month filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Organizers of a petition circulating on her behalf …

Activities canceled at Amherst Regional high and middle schools after mid-day bomb threat received; one of at least five in state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School was one of at least five high schools across the state that responded to bomb threats Wednesday afternoon. Boston.com reported that besides Amherst, separate threats were received at Natick High School, Boston College High School, Boston English High School and Worcester North …