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Recorder Staff/Rachel Rapkin
Pioneer Valley Regional School District Committee members discuss the proposed 2017 Fiscal Year budget with residents at a public hearing.

Pioneer budget draws crowd, concerns

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has raised its proposed budget for next school year by 2.5 percent over this year. After listening to comments from concerned Pioneer employees, parents and other local taxpayers about the prospects of cutting seven teacher’s aides, the committee voted to boost its original spending plan. The current proposed budget is … 0

Greenfield supt. seeks $700,000 budget hike

Thursday, February 11, 2016

GREENFIELD — No positions are expected to be cut under the Greenfield School Department’s current $18.2 million superintendent’s draft budget, which the budget subcommittee approved sending to the full School Committee for review. The budget, OK’d Thursday night, represents a 4.3 percent increase over the current year’s $17.5 million budget and will rely … 0

Deerfield Elementary roof project raises commissioner’s concerns

Thursday, February 11, 2016

DEERFIELD — The town’s building commissioner is worried the weight of a new roof planned for the Deerfield Elementary School might exceed state building codes, and is reviewing information he has just received from the project architect. Richard Calisewski told the selectmen this week he was frustrated that Raymond Design Associates, the Rockland-based … 0

Staff requests top Greenfield school budget requests

Friday, January 29, 2016

GREENFIELD — Additional faculty and staff again proved the priority for the rest of Greenfield’s schools, who made their annual budget requests before the Greenfield School Committee’s Budget and Finance Subcommittee this week. The presentations followed the elementary schools’ round of requests last week. At Greenfield Middle School, … 0

Mohawk towns struggle with school costs

Friday, January 29, 2016

BUCKLAND — Faced with rising school costs and the urging of town officials to hold the school budget to a 2½ percent increase, the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee unanimously agreed to form a Strategic Planning Steering Committee to come up with a three- to five-year strategic plan … 0

Kindergarten open house at Bement School Tuesday

Friday, January 29, 2016

DEERFIELD — The Bement School will hold a kindergarten open house on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interested parents are invited to the private elementary school to observe the classroom, take a tour of the campus, and meet with administrators and current teachers. Prospective kindergartners participate … 0

Bar association offers local scholarships

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Franklin County Bar Association will be awarding two Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships for $1000 each to high school students in Franklin County, and the association is seeking applicants. The scholarships will be announced during the Law Day celebrations planned for May 4,. To qualify, an applicant … 0

High school equivalency test getting tougher

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Chief High School Equivalency Examiner Tom Mechem visited the Literacy Project Monday afternoon to explain the implication of changes to the HiSET, the test required for a Massachusetts-issued high school equivalency certificate. The new test is more difficult. Complex … 0

Greenfield graduation returns to renovated high school

Friday, January 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Students at Greenfield High School will graduate on their own turf once more, with the ceremony planned to be held for the first time inside the new High School on Barr Avenue this year. While the … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

Umass gets ‘StormReady’ designation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is now the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one … 0

Deerfield school offers gluten-free lunch

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham open house Monday

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a day and boarding school for girls in grades 7-12 and post-graduates, invites families to an Open House next Monday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can tour the 100-acre campus to learn about Stoneleigh’s academic curriculum, the International Baccalaureate program, signature programs … 0