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Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne is the new principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School in Worthington.

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be an active and effective advocate for the school. The new principal will lead the Conwell School when it reopens for the 2015-16 academic year. Morse-Dobosz, 41, has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and has taught in the Leyden and Hawlemont schools. She has been an educator for over 10 years, teaching kindergarten through sixth grade in both public and private … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron over the summer. The School Committee signed Miller’s contract Thursday, contingent … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Two Pioneer district supt. finalists remaining

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — And then there were two. Two candidates remain in the search for a new superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, now that two others have dropped out of the running. The public will have a chance to meet the final candidate, Ruth Miller, at … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

Parents voice concerns about Frontier early release proposal

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district would like to see the details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development hashed out a little more before any decision is made to implement … 0

UMass prof.’s study reveals striped marlins’ preferred habitat, may help to avoid overfishing

Monday, March 30, 2015

AMHERST — In the largest study to track striped marlin in the Pacific Ocean, marine ecologists report the preferred habitat of this valuable commercial and recreational fish by using direct observations collected by satellite tags. Details appear this month in an early online edition of Fisheries Research. Using … 0

Two candidates for three seats on G-M school board

Monday, March 30, 2015

Candidates are in for the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, with one incumbent, one new name, no races and no one stepping forward for the available Gill resident seat. At the 4 p.m. deadline for the return of nomination papers Monday, superintendent’s executive assistant Robin Hamlett had received forms … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board … 0

Prepping for the perfect prom: Free for the taking, dresses, tuxes line GHS lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sarah O’Sullivan spun around in her new long, green gown as her friends raved over the dress. Down the hall, Valenka Kosick browsed through four racks of dresses in search of that perfect, elegant gown. And … 0

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school … 2

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require … 0