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Gill-Montague Regional Schools

Two candidates for three seats on G-M school board

Monday, March 30, 2015

Candidates are in for the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee, with one incumbent, one new name, no races and no one stepping forward for the available Gill resident seat. At the 4 p.m. deadline for the return of nomination papers Monday, superintendent’s executive assistant Robin Hamlett had received forms from Montague incumbent Lesley Cogswell of 21 Norman Circle and Christina Postera of 16 Dunton St., both in the village of Turners … 0

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. … 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

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

G-M school budget meeting on Thursday

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee has scheduled a meeting Thursday, out of the regular schedule, on the topic of the budget for the upcoming school year. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the Turners Falls High School conference room. This year’s preliminary budget, … 0

Dropout rate down

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — District administrators announced this week that years of effort have paid off with a Turners Falls High School dropout rate below the state average. “We’ve recently learned that after many years of working ... we’ve reduced it to a rate that’s below the state average … 0