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Lindsay Funk's thrid grade class works on their fractions at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School on Monday. Recorder/Paul Franz

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary climbs from a ‘lowest-’ to a ‘highest-performing’ school

Monday, May 11, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — In 2011, the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School MCAS scores caused the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to declare BSE a “Level 3” school, which meant it was among the lowest-performing 20 percent of schools and districts. That’s when the Mohawk Trail Regional School District sought help from a state agency known as “DSAC,” (District and School … 0

Buckland voters back Mohawk budget

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — By a 65-48 paper ballot vote, Buckland annual town meeting voters approved a $1.9 million Mohawk Trail Regional School District operating assessment, which includes the town’s share of new costs for the district’s free half-day preschool. This gives Mohawk eight out of the 10 weighted votes needed from member towns to pass its $18.3 million budget for the coming school year. … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very proud to announce that the districts have been awarded generous grants from the Commonwealth to … 0

Proposal for Rowe to join Mohawk dropped for now

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Rowe may some day rejoin the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, but it won’t be next year. Acting on recommendations from Mohawk and Rowe’s lawyer Russell Dupere, and concerns raised by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mohawk school board voted unanimously this … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Solarize consortium delayed by installer selection process

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

There will be a three-month delay for residents in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland who have signed up to install solar-electric panels on their homes. Negotiations fell through with the installer the chosen through the cooperative Solarize Mass. photovoltaic program. “Unfortunately, it was not possible to partner with an … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

Buckland raises money worries about Rowe-Mohawk union

Monday, March 30, 2015

BUCKLAND — If Rowe becomes the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, will that addition reduce Mohawk’s state aid for education and state transportation a few years down the road? Last week, Buckland’s Board … 0

Mohawk junior wins poetry prize

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BUCKLAND — Sequoia LeBreux of Shelburne Falls, a junior at Mohawk Trail Regional High, has won the statewide Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize and will read her winning poems at the childhood home of renowned poet Robert Creeley, … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Most Mohawk towns to see school costs rise

Monday, March 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns are being asked to contribute 5.7 percent more toward next school year’s budget. The $18.3 million budget represents a spending increase of 3.6 percent, although the towns are being asked for $549,261 more than this year. One cost increase … 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 … 0