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Gill-Montague Regional Schools

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 go with IBB over traditional bargaining because if it works, it’s the friendlier option. Brown explained as opposed to traditional bargaining, when … 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 advanced or proficient categories on the English and language arts test have climbed overall since … 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 PARCC exams at the lower grades, but the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System remained the graduation …


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

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