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Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut down on multiple trips and get youths to school on time. The school department received some complaints this month about buses arriving to school late. Director of Student Services Bill Bazyk said it is not unusual for schools to have busing issues in the first … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum to prevent substance abuse and violence and foster positive youth development. School districts that … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a university-based nursing education and become employed as nurses. Funding for the new program comes from … 0

Assistant principal leaves Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is looking to hire an assistant high school principal to replace Joey Kotright-Clark for the coming school year. At this week’s School Committee meeting, Mohawk Principal Lynn Dole briefly announced that Kotright-Clark was “moving on,” and that the district will … 0

Water main break closes GCC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College closed early Thursday after a water main break forced the shutdown of the college’s main campus. The accidental break was apparently caused by construction of a $1.5 million roundabout at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, according to GCC President Bob Pura. The … 0

UMass ‘villages’ raise concerns

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — The idea of using state land at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support private enterprises employing workers not affiliated with the university is raising concerns for unions representing campus employees. A consultant recently presented preliminary recommendations to the Town-Gown Steering Committee that include creating student … 0

Next chapter for Greenfield High School as new classroom block to open Sept. 2

Monday, August 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Off Barr Avenue, a two-story, state-of-the-art building stands waiting. It looms over an entry courtyard reminiscent of a New England college campus. Inside, gleaming, untouched art spaces for pottery and painting, and wings for math and … 0

UMass Amherst closes in on $300M fundraising goal

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — Efforts by the state’s public universities to boost private fundraising are paying off, including at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which is closing in on a $300 million fundraising goal. The five-campus University of Massachusetts system and the nine-campus state university network nearly doubled their annual … 0

Former UMass student claims discrimination after expulsion on sexual misconduct charge

Monday, August 11, 2014

AMHERST — A former University of Massachusetts student claims he was unfairly expelled after consensual sex with a fellow student last year was deemed a violation of the school’s code of conduct. A spokesman for the university wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the case, but said the … 0

Hawlemont School farm program taking root

Friday, August 8, 2014

CHARLEMONT — When they go back to school on Aug. 27, Hawlemont’s pupils will see a new landscape: new “pizza” and “story” gardens, peach- and apple-tree seedlings, a chicken coop, barn and greenhouse, and — indoors — a … 0

UMass campus food ranked 2nd in US

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

AMHERST — Moving up from the third spot the past two years, the University of Massachusetts is now ranked second nationally for best campus food by The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.” “Unlike students at many universities, UMass students rave about the ‘delicious food’ … 0

Academy at Charlemont arts scholarship started

Sunday, August 3, 2014

CHARLEMONT — The family and friends of Eleanor Lazarus, an educator and a supporter of the arts in education, have established The Eleanor (Ellie) Lazarus Memorial Fund for the Arts at The Academy at Charlemont, to honor her passions and her fondness for the school. The fund will … 0

UMass ranks high for US patents

Sunday, August 3, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts ranks among the top universities granted U.S. patents last year, placing 32nd in the world and third in New England, according to a recent study by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. “We are very proud to … 0