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Schools

3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the now-excess busing money they budgeted to pay Mohawk be eliminated in light of the “windfall” from the state, and the issue will … 0

Greenfield donates surplus school furniture to Zambia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Students from Greenfield High School and throughout Zambia in southern Africa will have something in common — the same desks. This summer, Greenfield High School provided five tractor-trailers filled with surplus furniture to be shipped off to outfit schools in impoverished communities in Zambia. The excess furniture was part of the school’s transition into the new $66 million high school building. … 0

Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against the new PARCC tests. “I’m not opposed to assessment at all,” said parent Deborah Keisch. “What I am opposed to is the high-stakes nature of these tests. They won’t help our students be anything more than good test-takers.” … 0

Teachers fingerprinted for national database

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before starting the coming school year, new teachers and staff across Massachusetts will be adding their unique biometric signatures to a new database. They will be fingerprinted as the result of a new state law, which … 0

Calderwood lays out goals for Greenfield school board

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Creating a realistic and honest budget, forging good relations with the school superintendent and openness to the public are just a few of the many goals and priorities new Greenfield School Committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood ticked … 0

GHS will move into new building for fall

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — The architect team constructing the town’s new $66 million high school is set to turn the building over to the town on July 31. As the finishing touches of the new school sections and auditorium are … 0

Summer fundraisers to support Mahar sports

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean some students at Mahar aren’t still hard at work. Members of the football and volleyball teams are gearing up for fundraisers to keep the teams going and cut costs for necessities like training and uniforms. Two … 0

GCC graduates first class from medical assistant program

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College recently graduated its first class of eight students from the new medical assistant certificate program. The students successfully completed the nine-month, 29-credit program, which included a 4-credit practicum course providing hands-on training at area medical facilities. All eight graduates passed the Certified Clinical … 0

Mohawk to host 28 Chinese students for summer programs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BUCKLAND — A group of 21 Chinese middle-school students and a second group of seven high school students will be getting their first taste of American education this month at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. Teacher Ivan Grail, a co-coordinator of the China summer program, said the younger … 0

Free summer meals for youths

Friday, July 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Free Summer Meals for youth have begun and will end on Aug. 15. Anyone 18 years old or younger will be able to get a free nutritious meal at any of the eight sites strategically placed throughout town. The Y of Greenfield at 451 Main St., … 0

GCC gets $300,000 more than expected from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has decided to re-evaluate whether it will increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. College President Robert Pura said Wednesday that when … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

New Greenfield school superintendent starts today

Monday, June 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert takes over as the leader of Greenfield School Department today. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0