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Graduation rates steady in Franklin County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County high schools have graduation rates that are better and worse than the state average, according to the latest state statistics. Last school year, Frontier Regional School scored best with 91.9 percent, followed by Pioneer Valley Regional School at 90.5 and Franklin County Technical School at 90.2 percent. Four Rivers Charter Public School scored 88.9 percent. Greenfield High School and Mahar Regional School brought up the rear … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at a Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for today. The committee is slated to meet … 0

Tech School seeks support for capital projects

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHELBURNE — The Franklin County Technical School has never come to its 19 member towns for a capital improvement spending request since it was built in 1976, according to FCTS School Committee member Angus “Terry” Dun of Shelburne. But now, nearly 40 years later, the vocational school needs money for school improvement projects and its regional agreement requires that town funding for such … 0

Smith announces new scholarship, expanded partnership with GCC, HCC

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is opening a new door to Greenfield Community College on a nontraditional educational path. On Wednesday, the college announced the creation of its Community College Scholarship Program, which will award four full-tuition scholarships to students with a minimum of 32 credits from Greenfield Community … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Honor Roll

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School announces its fall trimester honor roll. Academic Dean Alex Bogel recognized students earning Highest Honors, High Honors, and Honors. The list of students from the Pioneer Valley is as follows. 12th Grade Honors (3.33+/B+): Francesca Eremeeva, Northampton Grace Powers, Northfield 11th Grade Highest Honors … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

GCC nursing program to return to Smith Voke

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday. The decision will make space for the LPN program by ending a 23-year-old lease with the Northampton Parks … 0

From glut to cut

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — With $18.7 million in emergency cuts to regional school bus reimbursements coming from the state, Franklin County schools are beginning to assess where they may have to make reductions in their own budgets. To plug a $329 million deficit, Gov. Deval Patrick has implemented $200 million … 0

GCC Women’s Resource Center a safe space for students

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Raising three kids as a single mother with no work and coming out of a bad relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Rose Lynch of Colrain was dying to go back to school. The question wasn’t whether she … 0

UMass students disappointed in Cosby, support university’s decision to cut ties

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts who remember Bill Cosby as the fatherly Dr. Huxtable and creator of “Little Bill” are disappointed in the allegations against the comedian, and proud of their university’s decision to cut its ties with him. “If he’s not exemplifying what UMass … 0

Smith Voke to host GCC’s LPN program?

Monday, December 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees will vote today on whether to host Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program. Smith Voke Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson said “This is certainly a need of the community, and it’s a great opportunity for us.” The board of trustees … 0

Orange school study reimbursable no matter the outcome; info meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ORANGE — The state of Massachusetts will fund approximately 77 percent of a feasibility study to determine the likelihood of building a brand new elementary school in Orange. The town has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Association toward the goal of a new school to house … 0