Ralph C. Mahar and Orange schools

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 2010, statewide and in the region. In … 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 …


Mahar 2006 record disposal

Friday, June 26, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone who withdrew from Mahar Regional School in 2006 (not a graduate of the Class of 2006) may pick up their student information folders in the Student Services Office at the school until July 10. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any records remaining will be destroyed on July 16, according to the Mahar Student Services Office. … 0

Mahar grads exhorted to ‘lead by example’

Friday, June 6, 2014

ORANGE — The graduating class, wearing blue and red, at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School took their seats outdoors under clear skies, after a ceremonious entrance. Friends, family, faculty and graduates were welcomed by the school’s Principal Ishmael … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated … 0

Roundtable discussion next step for dam at Mahar

Friday, May 2, 2014

ORANGE — A meeting of local engineers along with the consulting engineers seems to be the next step in determining the fate of the Mahar Regional School dam. Several engineering experts brought to the project voluntarily by concerned citizen Carl Sauter weighed in at the Finance and Facilities … 0

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s … 0

Mahar wants 2.7% hike to budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School member towns will be asked at annual town meetings this spring to pay $12,055,791 for next academic year. That’s a 2.7 percent budget increase. Teachers’ salaries and a new transportation contract take up a large portion of the increase, with smaller items … 0

Plans to vote on Mahar Dam postponed

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — The dam at Mahar Regional School has been the subject of debate since a 2009 inspection gave it a poor report card. The state Office of Dam Safety told the school district that the dam needed to be repaired, breached or removed. The school district has … 0

Mahar sees 2.7% budget hike request

Friday, March 28, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School’s new superintendent would like a 2.7 percent budget increase for next school year. A public hearing on the budget request will be held on Tuesday in the school’s Library-Media Center at 7 p.m. The spending plan, presented by new Superintendent Tari N. … 0

Mahar’s 8th cancer walk planned for Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ORANGE — The eighth annual Mahar Cancer Walk will take place on Oct. 19. The charity raises money for gasoline cards for cancer patients who must travel out of town for therapy. The walk will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Mahar Regional School track … 0

Union 28 supt. tapped for new job in eastern Mass.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

ERVING — Joan Wickman, the seven-year superintendent of Union 28 schools, is in contract negotiations to take a new job as superintendent-principal of a public PreK-grade 8 school in Carlisle. The Carlisle School Committee voted unanimously late last week to appoint Wickman to the post, according to a … 0

Lawyers working on agreement for Mahar teacher

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ORANGE — Lawyers for the Mahar Regional School Committee and suspended teacher Michael Magee were negotiating a resolution to the controversial disciplinary case Tuesday following a highly charged hearing Monday night. School Committee Chairwoman Cara Deane said Tuesday that nothing has been decided yet and that lawyers for … 0

Teacher alleges unfair treatment by Mahar supt.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ORANGE — A Mahar Regional High School social studies teacher says he was suspended without cause and without pay for 21 days. Now Michael Magee is speaking out against the unfair treatment he said he received from outgoing Superintendent Michael Baldassarre, and plans to take his appeal to … 0