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Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said he had earlier planned to … 0

Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last school year, Frontier Regional School scored best with 91.9 percent, followed by Pioneer Valley Regional School at 90.5 and Franklin County Technical School at 90.2 percent. Four Rivers Charter Public School scored 88.9 percent. Greenfield High School and … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at a Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for today. The committee is slated to meet … 0

Tech School seeks support for capital projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Franklin County Technical School has never come to its 19 member towns for a capital improvement spending request since it was built in 1976, according to FCTS School Committee member Angus “Terry” Dun of Shelburne. But now, nearly 40 years later, the vocational school needs … 0

Mayor makes case for Greenfield’s temporary takeover of school business duties

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Because the school department is within the town of Greenfield, it makes more sense for the town to handle school business until the School Committee finds a permanent business manager, Mayor William Martin said. The school department has decided to temporarily contract out the business management … 0

Will part of bank building be new home to school offices?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s public school administrative offices may soon be operating out of the TD Bank building on Main Street. Mayor William Martin is reviewing a proposal to move school offices currently at the former Davis Street school to 324 Main St. temporarily until a permanent location … 0

UMass researchers find value in ‘whole plant’ treatment of malaria

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AMHERST — Purified drugs created in labs, long thought to be the gold standard in fighting disease, may actually be inferior to the herbal remedies they replaced as far back as the 19th century. University of Massachusetts Amherst … 0

Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve … 0

Renting college textbooks online can save money

Friday, January 23, 2015

AMHERST — At a time when University of Massachusetts students spend about $1,200 a year on textbooks, would the authors of the nearly $300 “Essentials of Investments” advise students to buy a new copy of their own book? That was not the path chosen by finance major Curtis … 0

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because … 0

Libraries offer STEAM programs for young learners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Science in the Kitchen,” “Machines and Mechanisms with Lego Duplo,” and “Measuring Dinosaurs” are just a few of the upcoming learning programs to be offered to preschoolers from now through March at the Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving and Wendell public libraries, through the Union 28 Community Network For Children. … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall … 0