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Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the college, according to an announcement from UMass Provost Katherine Newman last month. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, who was planning to retire, agreed … 0

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating unoccupied space on the school’s first floor. The build-out would cost roughly $750,000, which chairman … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the Lights On?” True, they considered Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct proposed through eight Franklin … 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

Greenfield expects school rating in spring

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — With the accreditation visit over, Greenfield public schools expect word on their New England Association of Schools and Colleges review this spring. Superintendent Jordana Harper thanked School Committee members for meeting with the review team and said the review is due in about four months, with … 0

Greenfield schools seek nearly half a million

Monday, December 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee is asking the Town Council to approve $461,040 in spending from the town’s “free cash” surplus. As explained by school Business Manager Howard Barber and School Committee finance subcommittee Chairwoman Donna Gleason, … 1

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

‘Swamped’ with studies: GCC installs wetland walkways for outdoor learning

Thursday, December 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s newest laboratory hasn’t got walls or a ceiling or one of those fun emergency showers, but it has got monkey flower, cattails, several species of sedge, and purple verbena. The plants grow in … 0

Anti-Islam post draws ire for Athol educator

Monday, December 7, 2015

ATHOL — An Athol High School teacher has drawn fire online for an Islamophobic Facebook post attributed to her, and while the school superintendent won’t name names when asked about the post, he did confirm a school employee … 0

Local students honored by superintendents

Thursday, December 3, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Grades, sports and a host of unique personal achievements and qualities put eight students in the spotlight Thursday night, one selected from each of the area’s public school systems. Every year, the superintendent of each … 1