Schools

GCC in line to get slight increase in state funding

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is in line to see an increase of $310,000 to $450,000 in state funding this year, which may be enough to convince trustees to again freeze student fees. President Robert Pura said fee hikes will come up in budget discussions with his staff and the board of trustees, but he’d prefer not to increase them. The state funding generally makes up between 40 and 50 … 0

Sec. of Education Malone: All students should enroll in higher education

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone told Greenfield Community College students Wednesday that he wants to see all Massachusetts students enroll in some form of higher education. “The natural pathway for the 21st century is through community colleges,” said Malone. The state will need to step up its investment in programs … 0

Greenfield supt. looking into free lunches for kids

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Greenfield elementary schools may feature free lunches for all of their students next year. The free lunch program, paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture, is available to any Massachusetts school where at least 40 percent of students already qualify for free lunch. The state is hoping that the program will improve nutrition, eliminate stigmas toward poor students … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The … 0

GCC plants tree in honor of Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — To remember the late Nelson Mandela’s belief that all life is divine, a group of 25 planted a tree in his honor outside Greenfield Community College as part of an Earth Day ceremony Tuesday. Mandela — … 0

E-cycling

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In April 2015, a group of Frontier Regional High School students will stay in Ireland for nine days. But before they can do that, they each need to raise $2,800. To benefit the trip, the students are having an electronics recycling drop-off event on May … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The … 0

In China, students would prep for Mohawk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — To be sure future tuition-paying students from China could flourish at Mohawk Trail Regional School, Mohawk is working on a “2 plus 1” agreement with its sister schools in China. The arrangement would give prospective Chinese students two years of Mohawk’s curriculum within an English-speaking classroom … 0

New training program for entry-level jobs holding info sessions

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A training program that’s equipping unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills will hold two information sessions this month. Anyone interested in learning how to enroll in the program, which trains people so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies, can … 0

Rep. Mark: Higher ed. costs, student debt must be curbed

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said this week that the state can and should act soon to help alleviate rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request … 0

GHS project cuts $250,000 into reserves

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School Building Committee voted to spend about $250,000 of its contingency money this week on additional technology and furniture and to account for some errors made in the school’s electrical engineering plans. The $66 million high school, which needs to be partly completed … 0