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Shelburne Selectman Andrew Baker makes a point during a discussion about school building improvements. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of less than $100,000 for priority repairs may be largely philosophical, but the Shelburne Board of Selectmen wants the Mohawk School Committee to work with them to develop a more financially doable capital plan for the elementary school in time for next year’s annual town meeting. “We want to understand the numbers better … 0

Mohawk Regional School Committee chairman resigns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams in September,” he explained, right before adjourning the meeting. “I’ve enjoyed being on the school … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk Trail Regional School District. With the school year almost a month away, Chen arrived this … 0

Mohawk registration starts Monday

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — Registration dates for Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School are Aug. 10 through 21, for students new to new and returning students, or school choice students in grades seven through twelve. Please contact the guidance department at 625-9811, ext. 1305 to receive a 2015-2016 … 0

Area residents file federal suit over pipeline

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — A group of Franklin County residents whose property would be crossed by the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline has filed a civil lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court in Springfield. The … 0

Chinese teens have summer fun at Mohawk

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Eighteen Chinese high- and middle-school students began their third day at the Mohawk Trail Regional School by learning to dance the Macarena, followed up with “The Chicken Dance.” It was taught to them, as an ice-breaker, … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

‘Solarize’ group reports 19 systems sold in 3 towns

Friday, July 3, 2015

ASHFIELD — Solarize Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (PAB) reports that 19 solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being sold as of Monday. This means there is only one more system that can qualify for the early signing discount of $500. The 19 systems total 135 kilowatts (kW), which is 67 percent of the … 0

Letter: Mohawk will miss her

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Earlier this month, the Mohawk Athletic Association (MAA) held its final meeting of the school year. At the end of the meeting, with little notice or recognition, Joni Sessions walked away from a group that she has meant so much for, for so many years. Joni has been … 0

‘You went to Mohawk — your future is bright’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mohawk Trail Regional School valedictorian Allison Lull told her classmates it is time to ditch the training wheels. “Maybe the dangers of the real world will feel like freedom,” Lull said. “But then again, maybe … 0

After starting a business at 15, Mohawk senior ready to work for her future

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SHELBURNE — If all goes according to plan, graduating Mohawk Trail Regional High School senior Halley Glier will be working in marketing or advertising in France in about five years. Glier, 18, of Shelburne, is one of hundreds … 0

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 … 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 … 0