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Elsie Almeida, Althea Tierney and Maeve Beck, from bottom, have difficulty containing themselves while demonstrating the proper use of a teleportation portal. Standing, from left, are Alexis Dimitriou, Maia Castro-Santos and Nadya Baum. The Gill sixth-graders are headed to the state finals of Destination Imagination with their space portal and associated equipment. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Gill Elementary sends two Destination Imagination teams to the state finals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Two teams of current and former Gill Elementary School students are headed for the state finals of a national imagination competition after winning at the regional level. On March 7, five teams from Gill Elementary and one team of seventh-grade Gill alumni participated in the Destination Imagination western Massachusetts regional tournament. Four teams placed in the top three and two are headed to state finals, according to the school. Destination Imagination is a nationwide creativity competition along the lines of a science fair. Gill Elementary teacher David Grout began the program in Gill last school year. Gill students competed in two challenges this … 1

G-M School Committee approves budget

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District budget passed this week at $18,347,688, up 4.9 percent from this year, with 2.59 and 8.65 percent increases to the sums Montague and Gill will be asked to fund, respectively. The Gill Montague School Committee approved the budget by exactly the two-thirds required Tuesday night, 6-2, with one member absent. Gill’s $1.57 million and Montague’s … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable assessment for the coming year. Gill-Montague School District Director of Business and Operations Joanne Blier … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gill-Montague Regional School Committee openings TURNERS FALLS — Three Gill-Montague Regional School Committee seats are up for election this spring, with nomination papers now available from the superintendent’s office at 35 Crocker Ave. Completed nomination papers are due in the superintendent’s office no later than 4 p.m. March … 0

At Gill-Montague schools, teacher cuts will increase class size

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — School community members defended positions on the cutting board as Gill-Montague Regional School District officials work to balance the budget. The preliminary budget approved by the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee in January cut 17.8 full-time positions and added the equivalent of three. Tuesday’s public hearing … 0

Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce … 1

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at … 0

Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve … 0

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 … 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, … 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, … 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