West County Notebook

Students to help preserve peer leadership

BUCKLAND — Students who recently urged school officials to keep Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Peer Leadership program will form an advisory committee, working with Principal Lynn Dole and Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, to see that Mohawk incorporates the ideals of that class into other school programs.

Several students spoke at Mohawk’s Feb. 20 budget hearing, saying that the program had helped them transition from middle school to high school, and gave them more confidence and better communication skills with their teachers, with older students and in public speaking. They said the program helped them to bond with their classmates and gave them strategies to help diffuse potential bullying.

“We’re going to find a way to continue the elements of peer leadership that they value during the school day,” said Buoniconti.

Hawley election signup looms

HAWLEY — Nomination papers are available for residents who want to run for office in this year’s annual town election.

Selectmen authorized changing the annual election date from May 6 to April 30 to coincide with the state primary. The following positions are up for election. These are for three-year terms: one selectman, one assessor, one School Committee member and a nonparent member for Hawlemont’s Local Education Council.

Town positions to be elected for one-year terms are: auditor, tree warden and town moderator.

Call Town Clerk Lisa Turner at 339-4319 to obtain nomination papers. They must be obtained by March 8 and returned for the registrars by March 12 at 5 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote in the annual town election is April 10.

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