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Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs average about $2,700 more per pupil than … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam even in their native land. The reason for this seemingly unusual request is to help … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall increase, of $311,506; but member towns will see a collective operating assessment increase of 3.4 … 0

Talks planned for Mohawk-Rowe membership

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ROWE — The Rowe School Committee has voted to discuss the prospect of re-joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, as a Grade 7 through 12 member, ending a 32-year separation between the town and the high school district. The vote was two in favor, with committee member … 0

Solar panels eyed for Hawlemont

Monday, January 19, 2015

CHARLEMONT — If all goes as hoped, the “greening up” of Hawlemont Regional School won’t just be about its new agriculture-based curriculum, it will also be about “green” energy. According to School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the school is … 0

Mohawk Long Range study group to present plan for cost savings Wednesday

Friday, January 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — After nearly two years of study, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District Long-Range Planning Committee will recommend how this district — big in size but small in enrollment — might cut its education costs at a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside the Mohawk Trail … 0

New solar incentive in Ashfield, Buckland, Plainfield

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ashfield, Buckland and Plainfield will be able to offer “Solarize Massachusetts” incentives that will cut solar-panel installation costs for residents by up to 20 percent below the state average cost. The Patrick Administration’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve V. Bartlett announced the three-town consortium is among the … 0

West County Notebook

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year’s Day potluck kicks off Ashfield 250th year ASHFIELD — A New Year’s potluck/brunch will be held today in the Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jody Hall of the town’s Historical Commission said the low-key event is intended to kick-off the 250th anniversary of … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as … 0

Mohawk Briefs

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board receives military award BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has received a U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for “outstanding support of employees serving in the (National) Guard and Reserve.” The … 0

Mohawk joins fight to keep bus money

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — After sending state officials a letter opposing Gov. Deval Patrick’s recent 27 percent cut to regional transportation aid, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has joined a legal effort, headed by the Massachusetts Association of Regional … 0

Mohawk invites Rowe to rejoin district

Friday, December 12, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee voted this week to invite Rowe back into the Mohawk district as a Grade 7-12 member town. Now it’s up to the Rowe School Committee to decide if it wants … 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