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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 Kowalski of Boxford, for whom the book is a required text in a required course. The UMass junior went online to rent … 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 of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs … 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. With a federal grant through the Library Services and Technology Act, the libraries are offering … 0

UMass chancellor ceases confidential informant program

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — Reactions were mixed to University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy’s announcement Thursday that he would be ending the university police’s student confidential informant program, saying it was “fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of … 0

It all adds up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Piper Day and Allison Lynde watched as their fellow students at the Greenfield Math and Science Academy tested their hand-made tripwire for a burglar alarm. As one student stepped forward, pushing against the wired contraption, the … 0

Battery? Check, panels ...?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Having won a state grant to buy a battery storage system for a solar array envisioned at the new high school, the town now needs to find more money for the solar panels themselves — a $724,500 feature that was cut early on from the high … 0

UMass, Amazon reach textbook deal

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

AMHERST — A virtual textbook store, run by the largest online retailer in the United States, will arrive on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus this spring, with officials expecting many students to have costs for purchasing classroom materials cut by about one-third. Amazon.com has agreed to a contract … 0

Future of School Choice at Deerfield Elem. in limbo

Friday, January 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the town of Deerfield facing yet another budget crunch this year, the Deerfield School Committee is weighing whether it will continue to accept students under the state’s School Choice program. The concern is that accepting out-of-town students will end up costing the school money rather … 0

UMass-connected neutrino research proving sun’s stability a top-10 Physics World breakthrough

Sunday, January 11, 2015

AMHERST — The sun is not going to blow up or sputter out any time soon. Most people had predicted (or just hoped) that was the case, but a team of scientists called the Borexino Collaboration — including … 0

Pura lauds Obama’s education plan

Friday, January 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College President Bob Pura called President Barack Obama’s proposal to make community college free to many students a “game-changer” for working and middle-class families. “I am very appreciative of President Obama’s proposal. He’s calling … 0

Preschool applications available for Union 38

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Preschool applications for Union 38 schools are now available for the 2015-16 school year. The registration period will run from Jan. 12 to March 6. Late applications will be accepted. Residents of the towns of Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland or Whately may request an application for … 0

Greenfield schools get grant for safety upgrades

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Public Schools is getting a $13,000 slice out of a $2 million pool from the state to be used for upgrades to video monitoring and surveillance, two-way radios and a smart phone communication app. Out of 100 applicants, Greenfield schools were one of 15 to … 0

Discovery School to get greenhouse

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — With the help of a $5,000 Greenfield Education Foundation grant, students at the Discovery School at Four Corners will be able to sustain their classroom gardens throughout the winter. The grant will allow the innovation school to purchase a roughly 9-by-13-foot greenhouse for students. The greenhouse, … 0