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Students would prep for Mohawk

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BUCKLAND — To be sure future tuition-paying students from China could flourish at Mohawk Trail Regional School, Mohawk is working on a “2 plus 1” agreement with its sister schools in China. The arrangement would give prospective Chinese students two years of Mohawk’s curriculum within an English-speaking classroom in their home school, before they come to Mohawk for their senior high school year. School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the Chinese-based, … 0

New training program for entry-level jobs holding info sessions

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A training program that’s equipping unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills will hold two information sessions this month. Anyone interested in learning how to enroll in the program, which trains people so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies, can attend a session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Franklin-Hampshire Career Center. Another information … 0

Rep. Mark: Higher ed. costs, student debt must be curbed

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said this week that the state can and should act soon to help alleviate rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, … 0

Deerfield Elementary shaves spending request

Thursday, April 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield Elementary School Committee has reduced its budget request by $92,951 to ease fiscal pressures on the town. The request is now $96,559 more than this year’s budget. Rather than a 4.55 percent increase over the current year, the budget would only increase by 2.23 … 0

Blacks overlooked in Civil War histories

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BUCKLAND — In Gettysburg, almost 100 years before Abraham Lincoln proclaimed “a new birth of freedom” in his famous address, African-Americans in that small Pennsylvania town were already living their own freedom — as free-born residents, or freed … 0

Greenfield superintendent finalist not tapped for Northampton job

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

All four of Greenfield’s superintendent finalists remain viable options for now, after the Northampton School Committee passed on Amherst resident Jordana Harper-Ewert and offered its schools superintendent job to John Provost of Easthampton. The Greenfield School Committee, which won’t be interviewing its candidates until the end of the … 0

Experienced duo begins professional summer theater co. at NMH

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GILL — With 90 years of theater experience between them, David Rowland and Lucinda Kidder know a thing or two about not only putting on plays, but also making theater work. Both retired, they’re ready to launch a … 0

Berkshire Union gives Rowe green light to join

Monday, March 31, 2014

FLORIDA — About a dozen Rowe residents cheered as School Committee members from the North Berkshire School Union voted unanimously to invite Rowe to join its shared elementary school superintendency and opt out of the administration it has shared with Mohawk and Hawlemont for the last 40 years. … 0

Competition on for superintendents

Monday, March 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two of Greenfield’s four superintendent finalists could have job offers before Greenfield is ready to make its choice, because a nearby school board moved up its search two weeks ahead of schedule and another will decide tonight. The Belchertown School Committee had been scheduled to choose … 0

Orange supt. presents plan for districts

Monday, March 31, 2014

ORANGE — Newly appointed Superintendent Tari N. Thomas of Orange Elementary, Petersham Center and Ralph.C. Mahar Regional schools presented an entry plan at School Committee meetings this month. According to Thomas’ presentation, the plan is a guide for the districts and a way to set action plans and … 0

Mohawk seeks OK for school building projects

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BUCKLAND — At town meeting time, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will be asking member towns to approve “Phase I” school building capital plans and the borrowing, in 2015, of $1,686,428 for school building repairs to be … 0

Dexter Park teacher seeking grant for LEGO use in classroom

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — Jayne Fleck is a special education teacher for third- and fourth-grade students at Dexter Park. Recently, she started a hands-on way to get her students excited about and in engaged in learning through the use of … 1

Orange scholarship deadline is April 18

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — Scholarship Committee of the Orange Senior Citizens Club is preparing for applications. This year, a $500 scholarship will be awarded by the club to a resident of Orange who is a student graduating from high school this year, or one who is currently a full-time student … 0