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Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national criminal history checks of K-12 school employees … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for medicine two years ago. The Student Development Committee, which looks at policy and procedure at … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of students from kindergarten to Grade 3 who participated in the summer school program, “Water, Water, … 0

UMass Amherst closes in on $300M fundraising goal

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — Efforts by the state’s public universities to boost private fundraising are paying off, including at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which is closing in on a $300 million fundraising goal. The five-campus University of Massachusetts system and the nine-campus state university network nearly doubled their annual … 0

Former UMass student claims discrimination after expulsion on sexual misconduct charge

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with a fellow student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of conduct. A spokesman for the university wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the case, but said the … 0

Hawlemont School farm program taking root

Friday, August 8, 2014

CHARLEMONT — When they go back to school on Aug. 27, Hawlemont’s pupils will see a new landscape: new “pizza” and “story” gardens, peach- and apple-tree seedlings, a chicken coop, barn and greenhouse, and — indoors — a … 0

UMass campus food ranked 2nd in US

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMHERST — Moving up from the third spot the past two years, the University of Massachusetts is now ranked second nationally for best campus food by The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.” “Unlike students at many universities, UMass students rave about the ‘delicious food’ … 0

Academy at Charlemont arts scholarship started

Sunday, August 3, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The family and friends of Eleanor Lazarus, an educator and a supporter of the arts in education, have established The Eleanor (Ellie) Lazarus Memorial Fund for the Arts at The Academy at Charlemont, to honor her passions and her fondness for the school. The fund will … 0

UMass ranks high for US patents

Sunday, August 3, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts ranks among the top universities granted U.S. patents last year, placing 32nd in the world and third in New England, according to a recent study by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. “We are very proud to … 0

National grant gets GCC 50 new large recycling bins

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Greenfield Community College has received 50 large recycling bins designed specifically for placement alongside the college’s trash receptacles. The money came from a national recycling grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation. In its ninth year, the program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges … 0

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the … 0

Greenfield donates surplus school furniture to Zambia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Students from Greenfield High School and throughout Zambia in southern Africa will have something in common — the same desks. This summer, Greenfield High School provided five tractor-trailers filled with surplus furniture to be shipped off to outfit schools in impoverished communities in Zambia. The excess … 0

Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against the new PARCC tests. “I’m not opposed to assessment at all,” said parent Deborah Keisch. “What I am opposed to is the high-stakes … 0