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Jamie Smith,11, chooses glass pieces during an art class taught by Leslie di Curcio Marra with Cynthia Fisher as part of an arts in residency program on mosaic's at Norris Elementary School in Southampton.

Mosaic masterpieces

Friday, February 5, 2016

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse districts for tuition they must pay to charter schools on behalf of their students who …

Amherst building committee selects Wildwood site for new elementary school

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — The Amherst building committee Tuesday selected the Wildwood site for the building that could replace both Wildwood and Fort River elementary schools. Thirteen of the committee’s 15 members selected the option of a new building with two wings, each of which would house a 375-student Grade 2 to 6 school. The building would be constructed in phases, meaning it would cost …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal William Wehrli leaves position at Pioneer Valley Regional School

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — William Wehrli, a former school administrator in Amherst, is leaving his position as principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School. “He made an announcement to the staff” Monday, said Superintendent Ruth Miller, asked Monday night about Wehrli’s reported resignation. Miller later offered a brief statement: “Mr. Wehrli …

League of Women Voters members research impact of charter school payments on Northampton

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As government officials debate whether to lift a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is doing research of its own …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, December 18, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, pear, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Mac and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Christmas …

Granby offers superintendent’s job to Agawam High School Principal Steven Lemanski

Thursday, December 17, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee voted 4-1 Thursday night to offer the job of superintendent to Agawam High School Principal Steven Lemanski. The school board still must negotiate a contract with him. The vote came after deliberations of …

In a teacher’s voice

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

At the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked to provide evidence to support his provocative statement that, “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, …

Merriam-Webster makes ‘ism’ word of year

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism. But not just any ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary …

Threat shuts LA schools

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s two biggest school systems — New York City and Los Angeles — received threats Tuesday of a large-scale jihadi attack with guns and bombs. LA reacted by shutting down the entire district, while …

Five middle-school students from Northampton to compete for RoboNautica state championship

Monday, December 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After placing second out of 23 teams Saturday at a regional robotics competition in Agawam, “The Anonymous Groundhogs” — a team of five middle-school students from Northampton — will travel to Worcester this Saturday for the …

Granby school board to interview candidates, appoint new superintendent this week

Sunday, December 13, 2015

GRANBY — The Granby School Committee will appoint a new Superintendent of Schools Thursday evening. Three finalists are vying to replace Judith Houle, who has been interim superintendent since last March when Isabelina Rodriguez left to become the bureau chief for special education in the Connecticut State Department …

Northampton schools continue with MCAS for 2016

Friday, December 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton schools will administer MCAS exams again next spring, sticking to a familiar assessment rather than switching to the PARCC test, the School Committee decided Thursday. The vote followed a recommendation from Superintendent John Provost, who said the MCAS exams better align with community values and …