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Study faults Amherst cops, UMass in melee

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” melee faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to both town and gown, it reserved its sharpest criticism … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting, Chairman Robert Aeschbach said Business Administrator Michael Kociela has … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The new contract, which affects 121 teachers, runs from Aug. 27 — the first day of … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0

Greenfield teacher negotiations underway

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The school year will begin next week without a new contract for teachers, but no one seems worried. The teacher negotiations for their next three-year contract are underway, and both sides don’t anticipate any major issues even though the last contract expired June 30. The Greenfield … 0

UMass scientist devising software tools to analyze mobile health data

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — Computer scientist Benjamin Marlin of the University of Massachusetts recently received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation award to develop machine learning-based tools for analyzing complex, large-scale clinical and mobile health data. Marlin’s project is designed … 0

Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Greenfield school board misses standardized test deadline

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield school officials may no longer be able to decide whether to use MCAS or PARCC standardized tests next year. School districts statewide have been picking which test to take — the old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems exams or the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0