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Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar increase is a spending request of $220,261 … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged in discussions with the owners of both McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern, 37 North Pleasant St., and … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is published in Science magazine. Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Safety very much part of his, GCC mission

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — As the new police chief at Greenfield Community College, Luis Santamaria plans to lead by example and help the school achieve its mission in providing students with a quality education in his role of overseeing campus … 0

Will students be eating breakfast in class?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County superintendents and school principals are interested in exploring a new policy recommendation by the state education department to offer breakfast in the classrooms. “It encourages kids to eat breakfast. This would reinforce that you … 0

Bernardston Elem. gym roof requires repair, replacement

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town will spend up to $4,000 for emergency repairs to the elementary school gymnasium roof, only to tear it up and replace the entire surface in less than two years. The rounded rubber roof, originally … 0

UMass reverses policy on Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will now admit Iranian students into programs in the College of Engineering … 0

Frontier district looks to towns to supplant lost grant money

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, … 0

Greenfield school use fees under review

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The amounts the community members, town boards, businesses and nonprofits have to pay to use school facilities may change. The policy subcommittee of the School Committee is reviewing the current fees the school department charges for use of facilities. The subcommittee expects to develop a draft … 0