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Gill-Montague Regional Schools

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think it would be great for students at the high school to have an opportunity to go to Europe,” Weld said, adding that … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, whether or not students at the various grade levels hosted by each district would benefit … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, Brown sent Phillips an email criticizing her announcement that there would be no July meetings … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0

Gill-Montague Regional School District notebook

Monday, May 26, 2014

Moberg new principal TURNERS FALLS — Sheffield Elementary School Assistant Principal Sharon Moberg has been promoted to principal of the school, effective in July. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the appointment . “I believe Sharon has the professional knowledge and interpersonal skills and the disposition and the passion, all … 0

No more Great Falls pre-k

Monday, May 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There will no longer be a preschool classroom in the shared Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School building, an end to a two-year experiment. Former interim Superintendent Nadine Ekstrom moved the preschool classroom from the elementary school into the middle school in 2012, saying … 0

G-M on standardized tests: when to switch?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Like others around the county, the Gill-Montague Regional School District is standing in the no-man’s-land between the old standardized tests and the new. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests may be giving way to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in … 0

G-M district looking at scaling back another test

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — As it prepares to integrate a new statewide standardized test to replace the MCAS, the Gill-Montague Regional School District is also looking at scaling back use of another, unpopular standardized test subscribed to by the district for several years. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said the Measures … 0

Snedeker wins Gill selectman vote

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gill and Montague elected their town and school district officials Monday, with one contest on the ballots. Gregory M. Snedeker will be the new addition to the Gill Selectboard, winning the seat 115-79 over Fred O. Chase II. The two competed for the seat left empty by longtime … 0

G-M School Committee meeting Tuesday

Sunday, May 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee will meet Tuesday, in an exception to the usual pattern. The meeting follows Monday’s elections in Gill and Montague, with two incumbents and a newcomer running unopposed for seats on the committee, and will feature the annual board restructuring. The … 0

G-M school supt. gets good grades

Thursday, May 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The report cards are in, with an endorsement for first-year Superintendent Michael Sullivan from the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. Overall, three of the nine members rated Sullivan’s performance as “exemplary,” two “highly proficient,” three “proficient,” … 0

Then there were two, again.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — After discussion of past political reasons for the change, the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday did away with the four-year-old concept of a single Montague Elementary School in two buildings, restoring discrete Hillcrest Elementary School and Sheffield Elementary School. The two buildings will no … 0

G-M budget passes, slashed to fit town estimates

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The budget that will go to the Gill and Montague town meetings this spring is tailored to the affordable assessment estimate from each, with multiple staff cuts. The budget, in the amount of $17,286,612, cuts the equivalent of 11 full-time positions — several of those … 0

G-M school budget proposes cutting 13 posts

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A Gill-Montague Regional School District budget tailored to be affordable for the towns could eliminate 13 positions. That was part of the scenario Superintendent Michael Sullivan presented to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee Tuesday night, … 0