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David DeBoer, the new Greenfield High School music director, warms up the Rappahannock County High School marching band before a competition at James Madison University.

Greenfield High searches for new music director

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School is once again looking for a new music director to replace David DeBoer, who has left mid-year after less than two years on the job. Superintendent Jordana Harper declined to comment on why DeBoer is no longer working for the schools, citing personnel issues. Principal Donna Woodcock referred questions to the superintendent. DeBoer could not be reached for comment. Harper said the position will be posted and she expects a replacement shortly. DeBoer, a Virginia native, succeeded the popular Paul Calcari as Greenfield High School music director in July 2013. Calcari retired in June 2013 after 27 years on … 0

Mohawk gets musical with ‘Seussical’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mix “Horton Hears a Who” with “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and what have you got? “Seussical the Musical.” This weekend, that’s the ticket at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where at least 85 students from Grade 5 through Grade 12 will be on … 0

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the elementary level. Over the past two weeks, an Ad-hoc Committee of the School Committee has … 0

GCC helps Mass. become a top state for energy-efficient construction

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts has placed fifth in this year’s annual ranking of the Top 10 states in the nation for energy-efficient LEED compliant construction — with Greenfield Community College contributing thousands of square feet of sustainable building to the state’s total. The U.S. Green Building Council released today … 0

2 from China in Mohawk mix

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Tall and soft-spoken, 16-year-old Jeremy Wang from Beijing began his 10th-grade classes in August at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, leaving his cello behind in China, and taking up junior varsity basketball. Although mastering English is … 1

GCC, Elms College expand degree offerings

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Starting next fall, Greenfield Community College students will be able to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing, early child care or education as part of an expanded program between GCC and Elms … 0

A global gathering at Sunderland Elementary

Friday, January 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a … 0

Former major leaguer talks to GHS students

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — “There’s some chances you have to take. You have to be willing to take chances if it’s something you love,” said Peter Bergeron, a professional baseball scout to dozens of Greenfield High School students. One of … 0

Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce … 1

Early in budget process, Frontier reports level funding

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School 2016 budget shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirement or layoffs. The district, which serves Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0