Greenfield school board considers backup plan in superintendent search

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Worried that one of the two remaining school superintendent finalists may pull out of contention, the Greenfield School Committee will begin looking for an interim leader for next year in case it has to reopen its search. School board members stressed Tuesday that they still hope either Jordana Harper-Ewert or James O’Shea will be the right fit to succeed retiring Superintendent Susan Hollins. But after two superintendent finalists … 0

Sunderland school board reduces budget by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or 0.88 percent, more than the current year. Savings were found through a grant supporting the cost of special education and … 0

Colrain bridge closing costing Mohawk $275 a day for van

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

COLRAIN — What a difference a little country bridge can make. Recently, the state closed the Heath Road Bridge in Colrain, which runs above the West Branch of the North River. Now the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has to spend about $46,000 a year to add a four-wheel drive van to its school bus services to get students to their schools on … 0

Mahar wants 2.7% hike to budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School member towns will be asked at annual town meetings this spring to pay $12,055,791 for next academic year. That’s a 2.7 percent budget increase. Teachers’ salaries and a new transportation contract take up a large portion of the increase, with smaller items … 0

Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham plans open house for April 22

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a day and boarding school for girls in grades 7 to 12, has invited families interested in learning more about the school to an open house on April 22. Open house begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Visitors are invited to … 0

Deerfield PTA seeks $160,000 to upgrade school playground

Monday, April 7, 2014

DEERFIELD — Deerfield children may be getting their first new playground in more than 20 years. The town’s Community Preservation Committee has recommended $160,000 to replace the playground at the Deerfield Elementary School — a request put forth … 0

Mayor wants 3% schools increase

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin’s budget proposal for Greenfield schools will likely be about $295,000 less than the one suggested by Superintendent Susan Hollins last month. While Hollins’ proposal called for an overall 4.7 percent increase to bring the budget up to $17.3 million, Martin’s would increase it … 0

Greenfield superintendent finalist drops out

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A finalist for Greenfield school superintendent has withdrawn from consideration. Timothy Lee, a Lenox elementary school principal, dropped out on Friday, leaving three finalists. Greenfield School Committee members, who will interview candidates at the end of April, are traveling to finalists’ host districts next week to … 0

Deerfield Elementary shaves spending request

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield Elementary School Committee has reduced its budget request by $92,951 to ease fiscal pressures on the town. The request is now $96,559 more than this year’s budget. Rather than a 4.55 percent increase over the current year, the budget would only increase by 2.23 … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0

Greenfield superintendent finalist not tapped for Northampton job

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

All four of Greenfield’s superintendent finalists remain viable options for now, after the Northampton School Committee passed on Amherst resident Jordana Harper-Ewert and offered its schools superintendent job to John Provost of Easthampton. The Greenfield School Committee, which won’t be interviewing its candidates until the end of the … 0

Experienced duo begins professional summer theater co. at NMH

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GILL — With 90 years of theater experience between them, David Rowland and Lucinda Kidder know a thing or two about not only putting on plays, but also making theater work. Both retired, they’re ready to launch a … 0