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Turners Falls Middle and High School students gather outside the school in support of Assistant Principal Earl McGraw on Tuesday. Many sported "Team McGraw" shirts, while others wore white in support, and some even packed their long sleeve shirts with "muscles" to emulate McGraw's figure. For the Recorder/Micky Bedell

Team McGraw: School rallies around ailing administrator

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Middle and high school students sported white ribbons and black shirts with the words “staying strong team McGraw” printed across the chest. Some even stuffed their sleeves with “muscles” to emulate their ailing assistance principal’s brawny physique. It was McGraw Day at Great Falls Middle School/Turners Falls High School Tuesday, an event aimed at supporting Assistant Principal … 0

Recipe for healthier eating choices: Chefs in Schools Program redesigning menu for Turners students

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Groups of hungry students crowded around a table in the Great Falls Middle School/Turners Falls High School cafeteria last week, some excited, some skeptical, waiting for their turn to grab a free black bean burrito bowl sample from two chefs scooping the food into small plastic cups. The chefs — … 0

G-M schools move toward negotiations

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of committee members to two subcommittees for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district employees — a point of contention that sparked heated debate during past meetings. Previously, School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown expressed concern over the appointment of former teachers to the teachers negotiating subcommittee, and several committee members were upset … 0

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Montague voters approve Sheffield School window work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MONTAGUE — Voters approved a debt exclusion Tuesday night to allocate money to cover the town’s share of replacing windows in the Sheffield Elementary School auditorium and gymnasium. The vote passed 327 to 73, according to Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio. The project, which was approved at the annual … 0

Turners school psychologist leaving post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School psychologist David N. Pino will not be returning to the district next year, the Gill-Montague School District superintendent confirmed this week, at the same time the School Committee has received an anonymous email complaining that the psychologist confronted sex crime allegations … 0

New Turners high, middle school principal says classrooms need to let in the outside world

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — New Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School principal Ann Leonard said she was drawn to the job by the opportunity to work in a combined secondary school. Leonard, who goes by Annie … 0

Gill-Montague audit: budget is ‘scary tight’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s financial auditor had better news than last year, with the budget “scary tight” but more realistic than under the former business office management. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results of the annual audit covering the … 0

Repair or replace?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — With a broken boiler and little notice, the Gill-Montague Regional School District has reached a compromise of sorts with the Montague Energy Committee, which has jurisdiction over the project. Superintendent Michael Sullivan told the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday that after three or four meetings … 0

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0