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Revised plan to combat bullying in Amherst regional schools questioned
04-16-2024 3:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A revised plan for investigating bullying and stopping such incidents at the Amherst-Pelham regional schools is raising concerns for some members of the Regional School Committee, who see the changes as taking a backward step.“This new...

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Sadiq to leave Amherst middle school principal role
04-16-2024 11:04 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As a process continues to find a permanent Amherst Regional Middle School principal, High School Principal Talib Sadiq is relinquishing his oversight of the building where seventh and eighth graders are educated.Interim Superintendent...


Shutesbury Elementary School principal leaving in June after 10 years
04-15-2024 9:31 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — After 10 years as principal at Shutesbury Elementary School, Jacqueline Mendonsa is leaving the position at the end of June to relocate to the Boston area.“It is very hard for me to put into words my true love and appreciation for our...


Amherst-Pelham schools look to address school absences with new plan
04-14-2024 10:01 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Understanding that chronic absences affect the ability of students to learn and contributes to achievement gaps among some school populations, the Amherst-Pelham Regional schools are developing steps to reduce absenteeism as part of its...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses inclusion, broad expertise
04-12-2024 5:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The first of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed this week. Stories about visits of the other two finalists will appear when they interview the week of April 22.AMHERST — A strong work ethic, an ability to...


Amherst officials cool to bid to double spending hike for regional schools
04-10-2024 4:10 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A request for nearly $1 million more from the four member towns of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the regional schools is being met with a lukewarm response and skepticism...


In federal lawsuit, teacher accuses Amherst schools of violating civil rights, other district policies
04-08-2024 4:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A special education teacher who previously led the teachers union has filed a federal discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, its current interim superintendent and its former leaders.An...


School backers press council for boost to Amherst regional budget
04-02-2024 4:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Parents, educators and members of the Regional School Committee are making direct appeals to the Amherst Town Council to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget that is nearly $1 million above the financial guidance provided by...


Small towns wary of Amherst Regional committee’s school budget ask
03-29-2024 2:13 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Skepticism and uncertainty from officials in Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury over Amherst Regional School Committee’s appeal for nearly $1 million more from the four member towns is prompting the convening of a four-town meeting next month...


Three candidates in running for Amherst superintendent
03-27-2024 2:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Three educators, two who work in Massachusetts and the other in the Virgin Islands, are finalists to become the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools.The Superintendent Search Committee on Tuesday...


Guest columnist Matteo Pangallo: Why we must fully fund our schools
03-21-2024 6:07 PM

By MATTEO PANGALLO

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee demonstrated leadership, forward thinking, and sound judgment in proposing a budget that actually faces reality and calls on the towns of the district to meet the full costs of providing our children with...


Shutesbury library lands $10K accessibility grant
03-17-2024 12:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — A project to improve accessibility for patrons at the current Shutesbury library and the new library building that will break ground in June is being supported by a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association.Library Director Mary...


Amherst regional school board reaches for $1M add to budget
03-15-2024 4:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District that preserves 14 educator positions at the middle and high schools, but requires each of the four district towns to more than double their projected...


Three finalists in running for Amherst Regional Middle School principal
03-15-2024 4:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst Regional Middle School’s dean of students and administrators at middle schools in New Bedford and Wrentham are finalists to become principal at the middle school, a position that has been filled on an interim basis this school year...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-14-2024 10:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


Amherst Regional School Committee will seek financial lift from Amherst College
03-13-2024 4:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Both short- and long-term financial contributions and other collaborations with Amherst College will be sought through a new negotiating subcommittee being established by the Amherst Regional School Committee.On a night when students,...


Amherst HS track and field project funding gets nod
03-12-2024 3:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even with questions about whether there is sufficient money to fix the deteriorating track and its interior field at Amherst Regional High School, Amherst’s Finance Committee is advising the Town Council to rescind and replace a previous...


Amherst Regional educators to hit streets Tuesday in million-dollar appeal to save positions
03-11-2024 2:13 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the union representing teachers, paraeducators and clerical staff for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools will be appealing for more resources from various public and private sources for the proposed $34.81...


Residents float solutions for school budget woes in Amherst-Pelham Regional district
03-08-2024 2:07 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Future Proposition 2½ overrides, a one-time gift from municipal reserves and appeals for financial help from Amherst’s higher education institutions are among ideas members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee are floating in...


Area briefs: Rides to the polls; Codepink to rally for International Women’s Day
03-04-2024 4:42 PM

Poll Taxi offers rides to polls NORTHAMPTON — Rides to the polls in Northampton, Southampton and Westhampton are being offered Tuesday, the day of the primary election in Massachusetts.The Poll Taxi has been operated by Florence resident John Martine...


Committee searching for new Amherst superintendent to begin screening 10 applicants
02-29-2024 11:35 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search committee for identifying the next superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham schools can begin screening among 10 individuals who have applied for the leadership position.“We believe there are many strong...

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