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JERREY ROBERTS
Jodie Castanza, of Northampton, watches as her son, Logan, 18 months, points at the stage during Transperformance XXIV Tuesday at Pines Theater.

Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate at 22 Old Main St. from Jennifer A. Wood, a personal representative, on July 29. According to Karen Menard, the town assessor’s … 0

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That angered radio station officials who met with Carol Ross and other town leaders Monday seeking … 0

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised by the board’s former chairman. A copy of the letter also will go to the … 0

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

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0