Hennessie Sanchez, 5, and Savana Glossen, 6, pose with the Cat in the Hat (Kara McClogan) at the Newton School on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, author of the “Power of Poppy Pendle,” series was among six renowned local children’s book authors to read to students and parents … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged in discussions with the owners of both McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern, 37 North Pleasant St., and … 0

Greenfield school use fees under review

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The amounts the community members, town boards, businesses and nonprofits have to pay to use school facilities may change. The policy subcommittee of the School Committee is reviewing the current fees the school department charges for use of facilities. The subcommittee expects to develop a draft … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Read Across America GREENFIELD — On March 3, Greenfield’s oldest students will read to its youngest students as part of the Student Council’s annual Read Across America event. From 6 to 7 p.m. at the Greenfield High School, pre school to third-grade students are invited to come in … 0

Iran sanctions bite at UMass

Monday, February 16, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has banned Iranian nationals from admission to specific graduate programs, a move university officials say brings their policies into accord with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But representatives of Iranian students call the … 0

Ad-hoc committee formed to study 4th-grade configuration

Sunday, February 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — An special committee will explore the possibility of reconfiguring the fourth grade and provide a recommendation to the School Committee in March. Superintendent Jordana Harper and the policy and curriculum subcommittee have been exploring whether there should be any changes made to the grade configuration of … 0

Rowe school, town officials debate joining Mohawk school district

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ROWE — The town that last year had seemed on the verge of breaking up with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District now seems inclined toward a stronger union — if the benefits and cost-per-student for joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District on a Grade 7 to … 0

Pioneer board recommends capital improvements for district’s schools

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has voted to approve several capital projects. At the high school, these include $11,668 for window tinting in high-visibility areas, $8,000 for air conditioning in a computer equipment room, $4,876 for sidewalk repairs, and $800 for a two-way radio the … 0

Mohawk readies changes to school district agreement

Friday, February 13, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Wednesday, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will discuss four changes to its regional agreement that school and town officials say will streamline a clunky bureaucratic processes and give the district more flexibility to make money-saving changes as enrollments shrink. The proposed warrant articles include: ∎ A … 0

Greenfield schools hire temp business manager

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — An Auburn-based municipal and school management services contractor is now the temporary in-house business manager for Greenfield public schools. On Wednesday, the Greenfield School Committee appointed The Management Solution for $8,500 per month to provide business services until a permanent business manager is found. The town … 0

North Star finds space in Sunderland after losing Hadley home

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star, a self-directed learning center for teens, will move to Sunderland after it was forced to leave the Russell Street School in Hadley. The learning center signed a five-year lease for the building at 45 … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0