Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Holiday hustle: GMS holds first Turkey Trot fun-run

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Organizers of the Greenfield Middle School’s pre-Thanksgiving-break Turkey Trot race went for the feel of a true road race, with orange slices and water at the finish line — and surpassed it. Behind the balloon arch finish line no one was complaining about their times or second-guessing where they could have … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical condition of the facilities, according to Principal Donna Woodcock. The high school has since been … 0

Frontier team to compete for spot on TV quiz show

Friday, November 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If Frontier Regional School’s four-student team can outperform at least 124 other schools at the WGBH studios in Boston, the real test will begin. And it will be televised. On Nov. 15, 140 Massachusetts high school teams are signed up for an identical, 100-question oral … 0

Deal would fund UMass pay raises, aid for students

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

AMHERST — The presidents of the state Senate and University of Massachusetts have reached an agreement under which UMass may receive $10.9 million for employee pay raises after the money was removed from a supplemental budget approved last week. UMass, meanwhile, would establish a $5 million financial aid … 0

Cornucopia Auction to benefit The Academy at Charlemont

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Red Sox and Celtics tickets, a wine-barrel chair, opera and dinner, a summer week of weaving classes, and a September week on Marthas Vineyard are among the items to be auctioned Saturday at the Academy at Charlemont’s 12th-annual Cornucopia Auction and celebration. The evening runs from … 0

GCC names Sayers distinguished alum

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has chosen 1985 graduate Sandy Sayers as its 2015 Distinguished Alumna. The award will be presented at the GCC Foundation annual meeting Nov. 12 at the college’s main campus. The event is open … 0

School Committee incumbents in minority

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — A majority of the School Committee members tapped Tuesday by voters will be new to the board. Voters did opt for two familiar faces for the committee’s four-year seats, returning the incumbents Francia E. Wisnewski and … 0

Recipe for healthier eating choices: Chefs in Schools Program redesigning menu for Turners students

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Groups of hungry students crowded around a table in the Great Falls Middle School/Turners Falls High School cafeteria last week, some excited, some skeptical, waiting for their turn to grab a free black bean burrito … 0

G-M schools move toward negotiations

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of committee members to two subcommittees for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district employees — a point of contention that sparked heated debate during past meetings. Previously, School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown expressed concern over the … 0

Pioneer weighs options for central offices

Monday, November 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A plan is taking shape to either renovate or rebuild the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office complex. The condition of the 20-year-old building — three separate single-story modulars — is causing safety concerns. The trailer home-like building has foundation cracks, rust, mold and roof … 0

New Greenfield high school dedicated

Friday, October 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Our students can learn every day in classrooms that demonstrate the belief that a community is as strong as its schools,” said Greenfield school Superintendent Jordana Harper during a ribbon-cutting Friday to dedicate the new high school. The school opened early in September, but it wasn’t … 0

Greenfield MCAS scores show growth

Monday, November 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — Principal Donna Woodcock saw evidence of solid work in the 2015 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System results. “There really is some pretty solid work being done here, and the information that came from (the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) shows a small snippet of some things, … 0