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State Rep. Paul Mark visited Greenfield Community College in October 2012 to talk about his job and the importance of voting. In 2013, he was named co-chairman of a legislative subcommittee charged with tackling rising higher education costs and student loan debt. (Recorder/Paul Franz)

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, who co-chaired the Subcommittee on Student Loans … 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

Greenfield school board considers backup plan in superintendent search

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Worried that one of the two remaining school superintendent finalists may pull out of contention, the Greenfield School Committee will begin looking for an interim leader for next year in case it has to reopen its search. School board members stressed Tuesday that they still hope either Jordana Harper-Ewert or James O’Shea will be the right fit to succeed retiring Superintendent … 0

Barshefsky named principal of Sunderland Elementary School

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — After leading the Sunderland Elementary School for the past six months, Benjamin Barshefsky is officially the new principal. Barshefsky has been serving as the interim principal since the former principal, Timothy Merritt, died unexpectedly last September. … 0

GHS French students enjoy time in Canadian outdoors

Monday, March 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — They attempted to navigate both sled dog trails and conversations featuring thick French accents, learned a little about Quebec history and lost a kiwi along the way. A group of 17 students studying French at Greenfield … 0

Orange school budget increase proposed for unfunded mandate

Monday, March 17, 2014

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Committee is considering hiring a new teacher to handle an unfunded state mandate signed into law last year. Chapter 222, an Act Relative to Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School, says there is a requirement for local school districts to … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0

Breakdown of the local aid numbers

Friday, March 14, 2014

Local state aid to schools (Chapter 70) and unrestricted municipal aid, by town: ∎ Ashfield, $93,413; $165,196. ∎ Bernardston, $0; $258,803. ∎ Buckland, $0; $272,460. ∎ Charlemont, $61,250; $155,539. ∎ Colrain, $5,145; $256,812. ∎ Conway, $606,379; $159,028. ∎ Deerfield, $1,059,343; $427,382. ∎ Erving, $431,895; $59,807. ∎ Gill, $9; $216,437. ∎Greenfield, $11,983,812; $2,825,007. ∎ Hawley, $35,202; $38,509. ∎ Heath, $0; … 0

Mohawk to see 60 Chinese students this summer

Friday, March 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — About 60 Chinese students are expected to visit the Mohawk Trail Regional School this summer for three-day summer school programs that will include academic classes, field trips and conversations about getting into American colleges, according to school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. Although program details are still being … 0

Frontier seeks to raise spending almost 3%

Friday, March 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A $9,747,730 school budget for next year is hitting the desks of the finance committees in southern Franklin County. This week, the Frontier Regional School Committee adopted a final budget, which proposes $282,037 more in spending for next academic year. The budget is a 2.98 … 0

GCC students will soon have legal aid on campus

Thursday, March 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — A legal aid organization will be establishing a presence on the Greenfield Community College campus to help students tackle issues that may be getting in the way of their education. Community Legal Aid, which offers free … 0

GHS council wins awards at state conference

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — After plunging into the frigid Atlantic Ocean last week, the Greenfield High School Student Council went on to collect several awards at the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils’ annual conference. The Special Olympics awarded Greenfield High School with the Silver Spirit Award, although the official presentation … 0

Joy of Pi (and brownies)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHARLEMONT ­ ­— Years ago, Academy of Charlemont algebra and calculus teacher Stephanie Purington had a “magical teaching moment” while trying to explain the complex principle that a number divided by a fraction (4 divided by ½ ) is equal to multiplying it by the fraction’s reciprocal (4 … 0