Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Holiday hustle: GMS holds first Turkey Trot fun-run

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Organizers of the Greenfield Middle School’s pre-Thanksgiving-break Turkey Trot race went for the feel of a true road race, with orange slices and water at the finish line — and surpassed it. Behind the balloon arch finish line no one was complaining about their times or second-guessing where they could have … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical condition of the facilities, according to Principal Donna Woodcock. The high school has since been … 0

NMH starts construction on new education center

Friday, October 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mount Hermon broke ground Friday afternoon for an Early Childhood Education Center. The new 5,630-square-foot building is estimated to cost about $1.8 million and is expected to open next fall. NMH Digital Communications Director Emily Weir said the project is part of the $150 million … 0

GHS ribbon-cutting event on Friday

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor and the Greenfield High School Building Committee will hold an official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Greenfield High School Friday. Guests for the noon ceremony are to include Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and Jack McCarthy, executive director … 0

Greenfield’s new high school reaps energy savings

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Representatives of electrical utility Eversource presented the mayor with a check for $166,796 Monday, the payout for the new school’s energy-saving features through an incentive program. Martin said the money is a result of the Greenfield High School Building Committee’s work to meet the incentive requirements, … 0

Three finalists for UMass police chief to visit Amherst campus during next two weeks

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has three finalists for police chief who will come to campus for community forums over the coming two weeks. The candidates are Joseph R. Riley, deputy chief of the New York City Police Department; Tyrone A. Parham, chief of police and … 0

GCC congratulated for educational workforce training

Sunday, October 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a citation from the state for its commitment to providing workforce training opportunities for adults. The citation recognizes GCC for its Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, which trains people over 50 for new jobs in health care, education and social services. … 0

Hollins open to write-in election, but not running

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Asked about a rumor that she is running as a write-in for a seat on the School Committee, former Greenfield School Superintendent Susan Hollins said she is not running, but is willing to serve a two-year … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Cameron Ward

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Cameron R. Ward, 45, of 39 Nichols Drive, was raised in Greenfield and attended Greenfield schools, graduating from Greenfield High School in 1987 and furthering his education at Greenfield Community College and UMass Amherst. His eldest … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Adrienne Nunez

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Adrienne M. Nunez, 33, of 77 Conway St. has lived in Greenfield for just under five years and was elected to the Greenfield School Committee in spring 2014. “I’d like to continue my service ... I … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Francia Wisnewski

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Francia E. Wisnewski, 38, of 163 Montague City Road, is a mother of two students in the Greenfield public schools, ages 13 and 10. She is educated as a science teacher in Colombia, holds a master’s … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Jason Burns

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jason A. Burns, 35, of 8 Hall Ave. has a child in the Math and Science Academy and another at Newton School, has lived in town for 11 years and taught for 10. He is a … 0