Schools

New gun law mandates police in schools

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — As part of the new gun safety law passed this summer, local schools and police are deciding whether to bring on more full-time in-school resource officers. The new law requires every chief of police, in consultation with the superintendent, to assign at least one school resource officer to serve the school district. The roadblock for many cash-strapped local police departments and school districts in implementing this provision is … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “As our faculty and staff … 0

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores marks a continuing trend at the Greenfield charter school. In seven years, only 2 percent … 0

Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut down on multiple trips and get youths to school on time. The school department received some complaints this month about buses arriving to … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Greenfield looks to relocate school offices

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plagued by leaky roofs and poor ventilation, the town is looking for ways to move the school administrative offices out of the 141 Davis St. building by the end of the year. With support from the superintendent’s office, Mayor William Martin said, the town is determining … 0

Greenfield Middle School rewards attendance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before 7:45 a.m., this school year, Principal Gary Tashjian passes out GMS Bucks to the stream of students arriving on time for school. The students can then use the pretend money to buy items from the … 0

School Committee votes to go with PARCC

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students will likely be among those across the state to take the newest generation of high-stakes standardized tests this year after the School Committee voted in favor of the PARCC in a close 4-3 vote. The School Committee voted Wednesday night to request grades 3 … 0

UMass employees hold rally decrying contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and alleged bad faith negotiations on the part of the University of Massachusetts administration prompted an hour-long campus rally by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by … 0

School districts prepare for PARCC switch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time in 17 years, a majority of Massachusetts students, including some in Franklin County, will not be taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests this spring. Instead, the students will be taking the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and … 0