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The Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland.

Mohawk budget up 3.5 percent; towns’ shares rise 6.6 percent

Monday, February 8, 2016

BUCKLAND — Mohawk’s below-level-services budget is going up 3.5 percent, but member towns will see an overall 6.6 percent increase in next year’s $19 million budget proposal. The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee will hold its public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Mohawk Trail Regional School. The School Committee is … 0

UMass astronomers join global look into galaxy’s center

Sunday, February 7, 2016

AMHERST — Some questions in science can only be answered by more powerful equipment. So University of Massachusetts Amherst astronomers are working to create one of the most powerful telescopes yet — one the size of the Earth. How is this possible? Gopal Narayanan, an associate professor in the UMass astronomy department, said … 0

Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent … 0

UMass professor aims to make data more trustworthy

Friday, January 1, 2016

AMHERST — Data is plentiful and easily shared, but that means errors and false information can be spread quickly, too. Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a $550,000 National … 0

UMass sued over handling of sexual assault case

Monday, December 28, 2015

AMHERST — In a federal lawsuit filed this fall against the University of Massachusetts Amherst and six of its officials, a male former student has joined other plaintiffs around the country in claiming that a school’s disciplinary process for handling claims of sexual assault violated his civil rights. … 0

Electronic ‘tongue’ gets one of 8 grant awards for UMass

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center has given $320,000 to eight UMass faculty researchers who are developing promising technologies that range from an electronic “tongue” for food safety tests to a new energy-absorbing material for helmets that last week was named as one of five winners of the NFL’s … 0

Gill-Montague District straining to keep up with technology needs

Friday, December 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District has compiled a report about the status of technology within the district, which Superintendent Michael Sullivan said is struggling to meeting growing needs. “While the demand for technology applications is … 0

Sheffield assistant principal resigns

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Sheffield Elementary School Assistant Principal Kevin Cousineau will resign from his position to accept a job as an assistant principal at the William E. Norris School in Southampton. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Cousineau’s impending departure at a recent School Committee meeting. … 0

Pioneer principal resigns

Monday, December 21, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School, William Wehrli, is leaving. “He made an announcement to the staff today,” said Superintendent Ruth Miller, asked Monday night about Wehrli’s reported resignation. Miller later offered a brief statement: “Mr. Wehrli served the school district for many years, he … 0

Mohawk changes to come before town meetings

Sunday, December 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns will be asked to re-admit Rowe to the eight-town district as a Grade 7 through 12 member at their spring annual town meetings. They will also be asked to change the voting mechanism on regional district changes to a two-thirds … 0

Mohawk district facing $600K budget gap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — To close a $600,000 gap between the budget the Mohawk Trail Regional School District needs and its commitment not to increase town assessments by more than 2.5 percent, the School Committee gave its member town officials … 0

Community asks UMass not to change nonstudent involvement in campus radio

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that the restructuring of operations at radio station WMUA will reduce educational opportunities for students and diminish the cultural life of the Pioneer Valley, community members are calling on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and University … 0

UMass researchers’ device would help HIV patients take meds on time

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMHERST — For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this, a team of University of Massachusetts computer scientists and engineers recently received a four-year, $1.71 million grant from the … 0