Schools

GCC in line to get slight increase in state funding

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is in line to see an increase of $310,000 to $450,000 in state funding this year, which may be enough to convince trustees to again freeze student fees. President Robert Pura said fee hikes will come up in budget discussions with his staff and the board of trustees, but he’d prefer not to increase them. The state funding generally makes up between 40 and 50 … 0

Sec. of Education Malone: All students should enroll in higher education

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone told Greenfield Community College students Wednesday that he wants to see all Massachusetts students enroll in some form of higher education. “The natural pathway for the 21st century is through community colleges,” said Malone. The state will need to step up its investment in programs … 0

Greenfield supt. looking into free lunches for kids

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Greenfield elementary schools may feature free lunches for all of their students next year. The free lunch program, paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture, is available to any Massachusetts school where at least 40 percent of students already qualify for free lunch. The state is hoping that the program will improve nutrition, eliminate stigmas toward poor students … 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

Plans to vote on Mahar Dam postponed

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — The dam at Mahar Regional School has been the subject of debate since a 2009 inspection gave it a poor report card. The state Office of Dam Safety told the school district that the dam needed to be repaired, breached or removed. The school district has … 0