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Mohawk School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The new contract, which affects 121 teachers, runs from Aug. 27 — the first day of school this year — through Aug. 26, … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. “I’m just excited to be here and come back to my alma mater,” said Porter-Henry, … 0

Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut down on multiple trips and get youths to school on time. The school department received some complaints this month about buses arriving to school late. Director of Student Services Bill Bazyk said it is not unusual for schools … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Greenfield looks to relocate school offices

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plagued by leaky roofs and poor ventilation, the town is looking for ways to move the school administrative offices out of the 141 Davis St. building by the end of the year. With support from the superintendent’s office, Mayor William Martin said, the town is determining … 0

Greenfield Middle School rewards attendance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before 7:45 a.m., this school year, Principal Gary Tashjian passes out GMS Bucks to the stream of students arriving on time for school. The students can then use the pretend money to buy items from the … 0

School Committee votes to go with PARCC

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students will likely be among those across the state to take the newest generation of high-stakes standardized tests this year after the School Committee voted in favor of the PARCC in a close 4-3 vote. The School Committee voted Wednesday night to request grades 3 … 0

UMass employees hold rally decrying contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and alleged bad faith negotiations on the part of the University of Massachusetts administration prompted an hour-long campus rally by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by … 0

School districts prepare for PARCC switch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time in 17 years, a majority of Massachusetts students, including some in Franklin County, will not be taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests this spring. Instead, the students will be taking the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and … 0

UMass system enrollment hits record 73,614

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Enrollment at the University of Massachusetts is projected to reach a record 73,614 students this fall throughout the five-campus system, with this year’s increase fueling what has now become a 30 percent enrollment surge over the past decade, President Robert L. Caret said Wednesday. “Over the … 0