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Mohawk Trail Regional School District

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and dropping the quest for 100 percent regional transportation reimbursement in favor of scheduling high school bus service based on use — not … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate of state regional school transportation aid. To address this, the Mohawk district may ask member … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional school district, the Spencer-East Brookfield School Committee chose Tracy Crowe to head the school district. … 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

Proposal aims to divvy up shared supt. costs

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

If Greenfield pursues a shared superintendency next year with districts west of the Route 2 rotary, it might end up taking on about three-fifths of the total costs. The Greenfield School Department would pay 60.5 percent, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District would pay 34.4 percent and the … 0

Could Mohawk, Greenfield share a supt.?

Friday, November 15, 2013

BUCKLAND — In 2002 and in 2009, Greenfield’s School Committee Chairman Dalton Athey proposed that the Mohawk Trail and Greenfield school districts share one superintendent’s services and administrative costs for a year trial period, to see if both would save money. That suggestion never went anywhere. Now, Mohawk … 0

Mohawk makes China connections

Thursday, November 14, 2013

BUCKLAND — After spending a week in China, Mohawk Trail Regional School Principal Lynn Dole came home this week with two “sister schools” for Mohawk and new ties to Chinese communities that might some day send students to … 1