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Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne is the new principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington.

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be an active and effective advocate for the school. The new principal will lead the Conwell School when it reopens for the 2015-16 academic year. Morse-Dobosz, 41, has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and has taught in the Leyden and Hawlemont schools. She has been an educator for over 10 years, teaching kindergarten through sixth grade in both public and private … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron over the summer. The School Committee signed Miller’s contract Thursday, contingent … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

GCC to create outdoor learning lab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students studying farm and food systems, sustainability and renewable energy at Greenfield Community College may soon have a new outdoor laboratory to expand their learning. The Greenfield Conservation Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in the Greenfield Planning Department at 114 … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

$60,000 gift boosts GCC Foundation campaign

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive got closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in … 0

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0

Film fest Friday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — For the fifth year, Greenfield students will showcase 33 of their best short films on Friday at Greenfield Middle School. Public school students have created films as individuals and as part of classes. Some feature live actors, while others are animated. The animations include Claymation, stop-frame … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Dexter Park School new principal named

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ORANGE — Christopher Dodge, the principal of Petersham Center School, has been named the new principal of Dexter Park School. Superintendent Tari N. Thomas welcomed him to the position this week. “Principal (Jennifer) Haggerty’s marvelous shoes will be hard to fill, but Mr. Dodge is eager and passionate … 0

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

McGovern doles out $1.7M to UMass food programs

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman Jim McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed … 0