Schools

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar increase is a spending request of $220,261 … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged in discussions with the owners of both McMurphy’s Uptown Tavern, 37 North Pleasant St., and … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is published in Science magazine. Graphene is a sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb … 0

Four Rivers students spend year researching Cape Wind Project

Thursday, February 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic … 0

Amid budget crunch, declining enrollment, Deerfield Elementary faces staff cuts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s School Committee was has been presented with a $4.3 million draft budget that cuts one teacher and five classroom assistant positions. Despite that, spending would increase 2.5 percent over this year. Principal Jeanine M. Heil, in her administrative summary, said the proposal is a … 0

Deerfield votes to continue School Choice

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s School Choice program, but won’t decide how many spots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment numbers are … 0

Haggerty picked for Union 28 superintendent

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ERVING — If she takes the job, Jennifer Haggerty of Fitchburg will soon begin work as superintendent of the Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell elementary schools. The Union 28 Joint Supervisory Committee voted 9-4 to offer the job to Haggerty after four hours of interviews and … 0

GCC helps Mass. become a top state for energy-efficient construction

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts has placed fifth in this year’s annual ranking of the Top 10 states in the nation for energy-efficient LEED compliant construction — with Greenfield Community College contributing thousands of square feet of sustainable building to the state’s total. The U.S. Green Building Council released today … 0

2 from China in Mohawk mix

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Tall and soft-spoken, 16-year-old Jeremy Wang from Beijing began his 10th-grade classes in August at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, leaving his cello behind in China, and taking up junior varsity basketball. Although mastering English is … 1

GCC, Elms College expand degree offerings

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Starting next fall, Greenfield Community College students will be able to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, early child care or education as part of an expanded program between GCC and Elms … 0

A global gathering at Sunderland Elementary

Friday, January 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a … 0

Former major leaguer talks to GHS students

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — “There’s some chances you have to take. You have to be willing to take chances if it’s something you love,” said Peter Bergeron, a professional baseball scout to dozens of Greenfield High School students. One of … 0

Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce … 1