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New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Partner members include GCC’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green Energy (SAGE) Education Center, Montague Catholic Social … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, who visited the school several times last year. “Every school has something that distinguishes it, … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0

Mohawk Supt. ranked ‘proficient’

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Superintendent gets graded by school board BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee ranked its school superintendent as “proficient,” under a new evaluation system that included both a checklist on various superintendent skills and a comment portion on the superintendent’s performances and goals. As has been … 0

Long road to graduation for Czech teen

Sunday, June 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Milos Matiaska came a long way to graduate from Redemption Christian Academy. “In the past, I never listened to anybody and I just did whatever I wanted to do,” said Matiaska, who came to RCA last … 0

Greenfield Community College’s child care center gets legislative backing

Friday, June 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s quest to secure an on-campus child care center received legislative backing on Thursday, with a proposed $9.5 million allocation from the state. Sen. Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said the Senate’s capital bond bill included the child care amendment. It will now go to conference … 0

Freeze likely for UMass tuition, fees

Friday, June 13, 2014

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts trustees committee Wednesday gave initial approval to a freeze on tuition and mandatory student fees for in-state undergraduates for the second year in a row. That means tuition and mandatory fees for UMass Amherst students would remain at $13,258. With room and … 0

Mohawk enrolls first Chinese student

Friday, June 13, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School has enrolled its first Chinese student for the coming school year. According to the meeting minutes of a School Committee session, Mohawk has its first tuition-paying Chinese student, who will be joining Mohawk as a sophomore. His name was not given, but … 0

Greenfield Community College to increase fees

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By CHRIS SHORES Recorder Staff GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will increase its fees next year, although it’s unclear by how much. The college’s Board of Trustees approved some program fee increases on Wednesday and gave President Robert Pura the go-ahead to raise general fees if state funding … 0

Mohawk lowers costs of summer archaeology course

Thursday, June 12, 2014

HAWLEY — Thanks to a $2,000 Kickstarter online fundraiser and a contribution from the Mary Lyon Foundation, financial aid and reduced tuition are now available for a two-week Summer Archaeology Field Training Program on what was the site … 0