Schools

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. Questions of what kind of grass fields … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 0

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require $300,000 in town-funded repairs in August. Heavy snow and ice that accumulated on the roof … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Frontier School Committee reverses staff cuts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Six staff members at the Frontier Regional School have less to worry about now that the regional School Committee has approved a $9.9 million budget — a 2.05 percent increase over the current year. Six jobs … 0

G-M School Committee approves budget

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District budget passed this week at $18,347,688, up 4.9 percent from this year, with 2.59 and 8.65 percent increases to the sums Montague and Gill will be asked to fund, respectively. The Gill Montague School Committee approved the budget by exactly … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 0

Greenfield 4th-grade move discussion held in closed session

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The subcommittee that is recommending where fourth-graders will go to school next year held a closed session Monday night, citing union negotiations. It will provide its recommendation to the full School Committee on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the GCTV Studio. The Recorder previously reported the … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rosie’s Rally set for Thursday at GCC GREENFIELD — On Thursday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., the Greenfield Community College Dance, Theatre and Music Department and the Women’s Resource Center will present “Rosie’s Rally: A One Billion Rising/Revolution” in honor of Women’s History Month and White Ribbon Campaign. … 0

Deerfield Elementary staff cuts stir ire

Sunday, March 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The town’s School Committee has approved a $4.3 million budget for next year, representing an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, but nobody appears particularly happy with the way that it was achieved. If approved at town meeting, the budget would cut the positions of … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0

Parents, teachers discuss 4th-grade’s future

Sunday, March 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — Are fourth-graders developmentally ready to be at the Greenfield Middle School? Does it matter as long as they have good teachers? Dozens of parents and teachers filled the high school’s lecture room to discuss these questions last week. It was the third of four public hearings … 0

Schools average 5 snow days to date

Friday, March 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Though Franklin County students can expect to stay in school until the third week of June this year due to the snow days, the longer school year isn’t unusual. Area schools have averaged five to six snow days this year, but superintendents say it falls in … 0