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Finalists for Amherst Regional Middle School principal to meet public; Estes named principal at Wildwood Elementary School
03-23-2023 10:19 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two finalists to become the next principal at Amherst Regional Middle School will meet the community at virtual forums Tuesday, while Allison Estes, Wildwood School’s assistant principal, will assume the principalship at that elementary...


Unions to school committees: Ditch mediation and return to negotiating table
03-06-2023 1:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A speech language pathologist at the regional high school says an unsettled employee contract is the latest in a litany of frustrations she and her colleagues have had to grapple with this academic year — a comment echoed by many of the 75...


Amherst-Pelham Education Association set to work to rule, calling for face-to-face contract talks
02-19-2023 8:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Teachers, paraeducators and other members of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association are halting doing any unpaid tasks in or out of school, such as overseeing extracurricular activities for students and developing new courses, until...


Amherst School Committee postpones moving sixth graders to middle school until at least 2025
02-19-2023 7:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Sixth graders at Amherst’s three elementary schools won’t be joining seventh and eighth graders at the Amherst Regional Middle School until fall 2025, at the earliest.In a reversal from a fall 2021 vote in which this year’s fifth graders...


Could junior high, high school merge? High capital costs at aging regional schools prompt discussion
02-16-2023 3:52 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Anticipated soaring costs related to the capital needs of the middle and high schools, including a project to replace the middle school roof that has been put on pause, is prompting local officials to ask if a single campus for regional...


Amherst regional schools’ budget limit could cut 15 positions
02-15-2023 5:51 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $1 million in spending cuts, including approximately 15 staff layoffs, may be needed to bring the regional schools’ budget to a level that the towns of Amherst, Pelham. Shutesbury and Leverett are able to pay.At a four-towns...


Bill Pula: Not all forest management is about money
02-07-2023 4:43 PM

I have been following the debate about state forest land and forestry. I don’t have much to add to the debate except to ask that the opponents of forest harvesting play fair. Not all supporters of forest management are simply in favor because of...


Amherst school officials, educators stuck in contract talks
02-06-2023 8:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A continued impasse in talks between the Amherst Pelham Education Association and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is prompting both sides to do outreach and make appeals to the community.The School Committee, in a letter sent...


Bill to ban PFAS could affect Amherst Regional High School track turf decision
02-01-2023 8:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two bills focused on eliminating contamination from so-called forever chemicals, including legislation related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances in sludge and fertilizer filed by Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, could soon be making...


Amherst Regional Middle School principal departing at year’s end
02-01-2023 4:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Diego Sharon, in his third year as principal at Amherst Regional Middle School, is leaving the position at the end of the school year.Superintendent Michael Morris told the Amherst Regional School Committee on Tuesday that Sharon is looking...


Diversity of staff in Amherst’s schools on the rise
01-23-2023 2:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 6-year-old project to diversify the teaching staff in the Amherst and regional public schools to better match the racial makeup of the student body continues to yield results.At the Amherst Regional School Committee on Tuesday, members of...


Fights down, vaping continues in Amherst Regional High’s bathrooms
01-22-2023 9:05 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As the number of fights between students in the bathrooms at Amherst Regional High School appears to be declining, school administrators report that vape detectors continue to show that the number of students vaping in the lavatories is not...


Amherst committee says track project can forge ahead, as booster organization continues fundraising
01-13-2023 9:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the track at the Amherst Regional High School, installing a synthetic turf playing field in its interior, can move forward, even though community fundraising is short of the amount needed to...


Amherst schools may delay 6th grade move to middle school
01-11-2023 5:53 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite significant planning over the past two years to relocate sixth graders from the town’s elementary schools to the Amherst Regional Middle School this fall, district leaders are broaching the idea of delaying the move, possibly for...


Health board against artificial turf field at Amherst Regional
12-12-2022 2:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Citing its duty to protect public health and the environment, the Board of Health is recommending against using artificial turf in a planned overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School.The board voted 4-0 at its meeting...


School leaders revise math curriculum in Amherst
06-13-2022 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Adjustments to the mathematics curriculum in Amherst’s secondary schools aim to give all students an opportunity to succeed in the subject, and, should they choose, pursue more in-depth studies as high schoolers.During a Regional School...


Amherst Regional High School, middle school will have later start time
03-03-2021 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Students at Amherst Regional middle and high schools will begin their school days later in the mornings when the next school year begins in the fall, when most of them will return for in-person education for the first time since last March.A...


Move over Lyme: Anaplasmosis, another tick-borne illness, is gaining traction
08-01-2017 10:30 AM

By LISA SPEAR

Despite the prevalence of tick-borne Lyme disease warnings in our area, avid outdoorsman Joe Larson, 74, of Pelham never worried. Ticks crawled on his arms and legs almost every day on walks in the woods behind his home – but when they bit him, he...


Pelham Elementary faces ‘devastating’ impact from budget shortfall
07-14-2017 10:58 PM

By DUSTY CHRISTENSEN

PELHAM — School officials here say their district is facing a troubling budget shortfall after a local charter school erroneously listed two students as living outside the Pelham district last fall. The recent correction of that mistake, coupled with...


Editorial: Kudos to Amherst-Pelham for ending ‘lunch shaming’
06-29-2017 7:28 PM

Kudos to the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District for its leadership in eliminating the indefensible practice known as “lunch shaming.”Across the country, students with a school meal debt have been publicly shamed with alternate food — often a cold...

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