Superintendent Jordana Harper

Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved sending to the full School Committee for review. The budget, OK’d Thursday night, represents a 4.3 percent increase over the current year’s $17.5 million budget and will rely on $3 million of alternative funding offset the impact on the general fund. The budget includes new positions at most schools, though not every request made by the high, middle and elementary schools was included in the final draft. The high school would get a new adjustment councilor, a board-certified behavioral analyst … 0

Deerfield Elementary roof project raises commissioner’s concerns

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is worried the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and is reviewing information he has just received from the project architect. Richard Calisewski told the selectmen this week he was frustrated that Raymond Design Associates, the Rockland-based … 0

Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the college, according to an announcement from UMass Provost Katherine Newman last month. Deputy Chancellor Robert … 0

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the … 0

Two candidates remain in running for Frontier, Union 38 superintendent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts have been named as the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, N.H., … 0

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public … 0

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is … 0

Mohawk versus charters: District to rally against tuition hikes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND — Facing a 15 percent increase in mandated payments for charter school tuition, Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials say the state funding formula for charter schools is undermining rural school systems like Mohawk. With full support … 0

Helping kids hit high notes

Monday, February 1, 2016

About a year ago, when violin teacher Vicki Citron — then just a year since moving to Shelburne from Boston — stood before a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce audience and mentioned her dream of launching a music … 0

Rowe hears on costs to rejoin Mohawk

Monday, February 1, 2016

ROWE — Town boards and School Committee members met Monday morning with Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti and School Business Manager Michael Kociela to go over preliminary financial estimates on what it might cost for Rowe to join … 0

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0