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Mohawk Trail Regional School District

Mohawk School District Superintendent Michael Buoniconti.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The new contract, which affects 121 teachers, runs from Aug. 27 — the first day of school this year — through Aug. 26, … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. “I’m just excited to be here and come back to my alma mater,” said Porter-Henry, … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to teach Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome … 0

Hawlemont ‘farm idea’ goes to Boston

Friday, January 17, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Community Innovation Challenge Grant Program Manager Tim Dodd received a visit Friday from Hawlemont students Jaxon and Rosco Palmer, their mother, School Committee Chairwoman Ivy Palmer and Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. Buoniconti wore a borrowed cow costume from one of last fall’s Community Spelling Bee participants to … 0

Mohawk board OKs study of 4-day week

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee gave Superintendent Michael Buoniconti the green light Wednesday night to further research a four-day school week initiative, which could provide transportation and operational savings in the future. “I will come back to the next (School Committee) meetings with my … 0

Mohawk supt. eyes 4-day school week

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — Would a four-day school week save money for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District without compromising education? Tonight, school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti will ask the Mohawk School Committee to let him explore that option, which he thinks might possibly save the district transportation and utility costs … 0

West County Notebook

Monday, December 23, 2013

Colrain special town meeting set for Jan. 6 COLRAIN — A one-article special town meeting takes place Jan. 6, to see if voters will let the Board of Selectmen lease land at the town’s transfer station for a telecommunications tower. The property is located off Route 112, and … 0

3 charged with busting historic kiln

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

HAWLEY — Three area men have been charged with damaging a historic Hawley landmark. In November, several thousand dollars in damage was done to the oldest flagstone charcoal kiln in New England. It was built in 1870, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A … 0

Some West County residents may be eligible for home rehabilitation money

Monday, December 16, 2013

Need money to bring your home up to code? The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority is writing a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of Charlemont, Heath, Hawley and Ashfield and is looking for residents who qualify for a no-interest home improvement loan. A four-person household … 0

Mohawk’s China connection finances take form

Sunday, December 15, 2013

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials estimate their efforts to bring tuition-paying Chinese students to Mohawk will result in a $94,000-per-year boost in net revenues to the district within five years. That figure is based on Mohawk’s adding an additional full-time student each year, until five … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, December 13, 2013

Toy drive in Ashfield today ASHFIELD — The Ashfield Police Department will again host a “Stuff a Cruiser” toy drive, which will run through Dec. 21. The cruiser to be “stuffed” with new, unwrapped toys will be parked at Nolan’s Neighbors convenience store on Main Street today from … 0

Buoniconti to stay on as Mohawk superintendent

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BUCKLAND — Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti will continue heading the Mohawk and Hawlemont regional school districts, after narrowly missing a 20-member school board vote to become the next superintendent for the larger Wachusett Regional School District. Buoniconti was one of three finalists interviewed to head the district, … 0

West County Notebook

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Heath to eliminate perc test season? HEATH — The Board of Health will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss the possible elimination of a “perc season” for soil percolation tests. The hearing will is at 7 p.m. in Sawyer Hall. The board is proposing the following regulation, … 0

Greenfield rejects Mohawk’s shared superintendency proposal

Thursday, December 5, 2013

GREENFIELD — After seven minutes of discussion, the Greenfield School Committee unanimously rejected the notion of sharing a superintendent with two West County districts. The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee, which currently shares a superintendent with the Hawlemont and Rowe school boards, sent a draft proposal to Greenfield … 0

West County holiday notebook

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ashfield ‘Crafted in the Village’ this weekend ASHFIELD — Ashfield isn’t just a place to come to for Christmas trees. ‘Crafted in the Village’ gives those tree-hunters other reasons to come in December: holiday crafts, self-guided tours to about a dozen artists’ studios, and dining. The event takes … 0