Schools

GCC assembling first class for Elms College B.A. degree

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Following its announcement of a new full-time bachelorette program for graduating GCC business students, Greenfield Community College and Elms College have begun recruiting students this week for the fall program. The program is unique to GCC business marketing and management students. It would have them begin classes full-time in the fall on the Greenfield campus with Elms professors to earn a bachelor’s degree as a cohort. Students that … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Turners Falls schools get new principal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will have the helm of the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he has picked Leonard to lead the newly combined middle and high school … 0

Return to Narnia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HEATH — Will the Heath School Drama Club successfully end 100 years of winter in Narnia? Find out tonight or Friday, when the Heath Elementary School presents its 10th “indoor traveling spectacle” — “The Lion, The Witch and … 0

GHS will get sod fields

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf … 0

Greenfield to study busing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A bus consultation company is visiting Greenfield Public Schools this week to access how the school district can make its transportation more efficient. For $7,500, School Bus Consults, will evaluate Greenfield’s system, determine whether it is using its routes efficiently and how it can cut down … 0

Greenfield School Committee seeks assistant superintendent

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The proposed assistant school superintendent would lead curriculum development, support teachers in implementing Common Core standards and oversee instruction throughout the district. It has been a long-time need for the district, cited in the town’s master plan and by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees last … 0

State to hold public hearings on PARCC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The public will have a chance to weigh in on whether the state should adopt the new PARCC exams as the next generation of high-stakes public school standardized achievement tests. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a series of public forums across … 0

Greenfield school subcommittee considers small hike to facility use fees

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Outside groups may have to pay slightly more to use Greenfield public schools’ facilities like computer labs, cafeterias and athletic fields. The Policy and Curriculum Subcommittee — made up of School Committee members Francia Wisnewski, Donna Gleason and Jeff Comenitz — are reviewing an update of … 0

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Greenfield school board asking for $1M hike

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee wants an extra million dollars for next school year. It unanimously approved Superintendent Jordana Harper’s first budget proposal, totaling $18,083,988, an increase of $1,068,188 over the current year. Mayor William Martin, a … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

GCC to create outdoor learning lab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students studying farm and food systems, sustainability and renewable energy at Greenfield Community College may soon have a new outdoor laboratory to expand their learning. The Greenfield Conservation Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in the Greenfield Planning Department at 114 … 0