Schools

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson Academy has never had a preschool program. But the families of 25 children have already signed up at Sanderson, if Mohawk member … 0

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 … 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

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

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0

UMass food scientist honored for work with edible oils

Monday, April 6, 2015

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts scientist has been honored for research on how certain edible oils impact body fat and muscle mass and bone density. The American Oil Chemists’ Society has honored food scientist Yeonhwa Park for her “significant and important contributions” in the area of bioactive … 0

Voices of homelessness

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Over the past year, Tameka Calicutt would rise each morning to birds chirping and the sun rising, dress in her professional clothing and rush off to work at a fashion store at the Prudential Center. In … 0

Greenfield student organizes clothing drive for children in need

Sunday, April 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Have any kids’ T-shirts, sneakers or sweaters hanging around? An eighth-grader at Greenfield High School, Amelia Simmonds, 14, is holding a clothing drive for Massachusetts children in need through April 10 at the high school. There … 0

UMass Amherst work advances knowledge of how bacteria communicate

Friday, April 3, 2015

AMHERST — Bacteria have traditionally been viewed as solitary organisms that “hang out on their own,” says molecular biologist Kevin Griffith of the University of Massachusetts. But, scientists now realize that, in fact, bacteria exhibit social behavior — an insight that could lead to new health discoveries. As … 0

Dalai Lama may speak at UMass this fall

Thursday, April 2, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is in discussions with his holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to speak at the university this fall. Nancy Buffone, the university’s executive director of external relations and university events, … 0

Waldron to run as write-in for G-M School Committee

Thursday, April 2, 2015

GILL — Jennifer Waldron plans to run a write-in campaign to retain her seat of six years on the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. Waldron withdrew nomination papers to put her name on the ballot for the May 18 election but did not return them in time for the … 0

State universities warn of potential fee hikes, program cuts

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Public state universities face a nearly $9 million collective bargaining obligation that could drive fees up or force reductions in academic programs if the Legislature does not cover it. An organization that represents nine state university presidents sent a letter Wednesday to legislative leaders … 0

Neil deGrasse Tyson named UMass graduation speaker

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AMHERST — Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the undergraduate commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 8, the school announced Wednesday. Tyson is executive editor and on-camera host for “Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey,” the … 0