Gill-Montague Regional Schools

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 30. One three-year Gill resident seat and two three-year Montague resident seats are up for election, the seats currently held by Lesley … 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 drew 27 community members. Karl Dziura, president of the Gill-Montague Education Association, the teachers union, … 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 Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael … 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

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