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Study faults Amherst cops, UMass in melee

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” melee faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. While the report by former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis assigns blame to both town and gown, it reserved its sharpest criticism … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting, Chairman Robert Aeschbach said Business Administrator Michael Kociela has … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The new contract, which affects 121 teachers, runs from Aug. 27 — the first day of … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Pioneer Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire … 0

Swift River School signup set for Thursday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Swift River School, the public elementary school serving the children of New Salem and Wendell in kindergarten through grade 6, will open on Aug. 27. Swift River, which also houses pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds, will be registering new students on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … 0

Student revives Latin study at Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — If you think one student can’t make a difference, just talk to Aaron Nelson, a junior at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. When he enrolled at Mohawk as a sophomore last fall, there were no … 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