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New training program for entry-level jobs holding info sessions

Sunday, April 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — A training program that’s equipping unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills will hold two information sessions this month. Anyone interested in learning how to enroll in the program, which trains people so they can fill open entry-level jobs at local companies, can attend a session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Franklin-Hampshire Career Center. Another information session, both for this program and for … 0

Rep. Mark: Higher ed. costs, student debt must be curbed

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legislative committee led by a local lawmaker said this week that the state can and should act soon to help alleviate rising college costs and student debt. “Fewer people are going to start going to college ... (and) you also can’t shed this debt,” said state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, … 0

GHS project cuts $250,000 into reserves

Friday, April 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School Building Committee voted to spend about $250,000 of its contingency money this week on additional technology and furniture and to account for some errors made in the school’s electrical engineering plans. The $66 million high school, which needs to be partly completed for this coming school year, remains on budget because there’s still about $2 million left … 0

Mahar sees 2.7% budget hike request

Friday, March 28, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School’s new superintendent would like a 2.7 percent budget increase for next school year. A public hearing on the budget request will be held on Tuesday in the school’s Library-Media Center at 7 p.m. The spending plan, presented by new Superintendent Tari N. … 0

Destination: one of Jupiter’s moons, then state tournament

Friday, March 28, 2014

GILL — Sixth-graders Alexis Dimitriou, Maeve Beck, Elsie Almeida, Althea Tierney, Maia Castro-Santos and Nadya Baum built a teleportation device to send them to Io, the lava-splashed fifth moon of Jupiter. Being mostly cardboard, no one expected it … 0

Education leaders: Even with changes, SAT not best tool to measure college readiness

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Changes to the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) college admissions test will make it a better test, but it still has a long way to go to become a true predictor of collegiate success, say education officials across Franklin County. The College Board announced earlier this month that it … 0

4 finalists nominated for Greenfield supt.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A search committee has nominated three long-time principals and a chief schools officer as finalists to be the next Greenfield school superintendent. All four candidates are from out of town and at least two are finalists for other superintendent jobs in the Pioneer Valley. The Greenfield … 0

Frontier subcommittee to resolve capital question

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A subgroup of the Frontier Regional School Committee is hoping to solve the question that flustered the four feeder towns and School Committee during last year’s budget cycle and derailed $133,250 in school capital requests. The Capital Exploration Committee is charged with finding a consensus … 0

Orange to work with state on new school need

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORANGE — The state has agreed to consider adding Orange to the list of towns it will help build new schools. Orange School Committee is looking into the possibility of building a new elementary school to house all the grades. That could replace the three existing schools, which … 0

Stranger triggers lockdown at Amherst Regional Middle School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

AMHERST — Police have identified a man they believe entered the Amherst Regional Middle School Wednesday morning and made a “concerning comment” to a student in a bathroom, prompting officials to order that school and two others into lockdown for about an hour. The man was being held … 0

Hollins calls for 4.7% budget hike for Greenfield schools

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Retiring superintendent Susan Hollins’ final budget proposal calls for a 4.7 percent increase in spending next year, which adds an equivalent of eight full-time employees to serve an increasing student population. The $17.3 million budget requests an additional $777,358 to the school department. Nearly 25 percent … 0

Heat problems send Colrain Central kids to Heath

Monday, March 24, 2014

HEATH — About 90 Colrain Central schoolchildren spent Monday at the Heath Elementary School, after a heating problem was discovered in Colrain earlier that morning. According to Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, water got into the oil tanks, contaminating the … 0

Pioneer towns see prospect of 10% hikes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — As school costs continue to rise, state aid remains nearly stagnant, and the towns of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District are feeling the crunch. The School Committee has proposed a level services budget of $14.4 … 0