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Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns will see a collective assessment increase of 5.7 percent ($549,261) this year. Within that half-a-million-dollar increase is a spending request of $220,261 … 0

Mohawk towns to vote on school district changes in annual meetings

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — Besides voting on the school budget and on school building repairs, annual town meeting voters will also decide on amendments to the 1995 Mohawk regional school agreement, that may give the district more flexibility to make both educational and money-saving changes. This week the full Mohawk Trail Regional School District voted to bring the following articles to member towns: ∎ A change … 0

Hilltowns face steep Internet costs

Monday, February 23, 2015

While some hilltown residents say the WiredWest broadband initiative is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring high-speed Internet into their sparsely populated towns, the smallest, unserved towns fear that, even with the state’s $40 million “last mile” funding, they can’t afford their estimated share of the cost. Colrain selectmen have sent a letter to state legislators, saying Colrain’s estimated $4.5 million price tag is … 0

Rowe school, town officials debate joining Mohawk school district

Sunday, February 15, 2015

ROWE — The town that last year had seemed on the verge of breaking up with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District now seems inclined toward a stronger union — if the benefits and cost-per-student for joining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District on a Grade 7 to … 0

Mohawk readies changes to school district agreement

Friday, February 13, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Wednesday, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will discuss four changes to its regional agreement that school and town officials say will streamline a clunky bureaucratic processes and give the district more flexibility to make money-saving changes as enrollments shrink. The proposed warrant articles include: ∎ A … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mohawk school budget hearing set for Wednesday BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District budget public hearing will be held on Wednesday, 7 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. School Committee members will be asked to vote on next year’s … 0

Town officials mull Rowe’s rejoining Mohawk

Monday, February 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — Before Rowe could become the ninth member town of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, town officials want the long-standing regional school agreement to be changed, eliminating a unanimous vote requirement by member towns to approve … 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

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 … 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 … 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 … 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