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Mohawk Trail Regional School District

Mohawk study offers ideas for saving money

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BUCKLAND — The state’s geographically largest public school system is also the most sparsely populated: the 253-square mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District encompasses almost 530 road miles, yet has a density of less than two school students per mile, according to the Long Range Planning Committee. Because of its population sparsity and many miles between students and their schools, Mohawk’s per-pupil costs average about $2,700 more per pupil than … 0

MCAS in China?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — What does Massachusetts public education have that China doesn’t? MCAS, for one thing. But the superintendent of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is seeking special legislation that would make it possible for Chinese secondary education students to take the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exam even in their native land. The reason for this seemingly unusual request is to help … 0

Mohawk Notebook

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mohawk seeks ‘level service’ budget BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District committee has been given a budget preview, calling for an $18 million spending plan, which Superintendent Michael Buoniconti says will provide “level services” for Mohawk students. The $18.1 million budget represents a 2.4 percent overall increase, of $311,506; but member towns will see a collective operating assessment increase of 3.4 … 0

Mohawk seeks law for 4-day week

Friday, February 21, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has unanimously agreed to seek legislation that could some day make it possible for the Mohawk middle school and high school to develop a four-day school week curriculum. The … 0

Hawlemont to speed up its farm curriculum

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CHARLEMONT — With a celebratory “glass-of-milk” toast, the Hawlemont Regional School Committee, school officials and farmer Erwin Reynolds Sr. of Charlemont raised a glass to Hawlemont’s future farm-based curriculum at a recent School Committee meeting. School Superintendent Michael … 0

Mohawk to offer summer archaeology training in Hawley

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

HAWLEY — Mohawk Trail Regional School, in partnership with the Sons and Daughters of Hawley, will be offering a two-week field training program in archaeology. The basic training will take place near the ruins of the old Sanford … 0

Better late than never

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — Valentine’s Day was Monday for soldiers living in the Holyoke Soldiers Home, when students from the Mohawk Trail Regional School delivered 200 handmade Valentine’s Day cards made by the grade-school children in the Mohawk District. “It’s … 0

Storm cancels meetings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rowe School meetings rescheduled due to storm ROWE — Tonight’s Rowe school budget hearing and School Committee meeting have been canceled in anticipation of the snowstorm and will be held instead next Thursday. The public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal will be held at 5:30 … 0

Mohawk budget up 2 percent

Friday, January 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has had its first presentation of a $17.7 million budget request but teachers, school parents and students are already questioning staffing changes that have come up in recent budget discussions. The budget proposal represents a 2 percent increase, but … 0

Mohawk evacuated for electrical fire

Friday, January 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — School ended at 9:15 a.m. Friday for Mohawk Trail Regional School students and teachers, as Buckland Fire Department firefighters and school electricians looked for the source of an acrid electrical burning odor that grew stronger throughout the morning. Superintendent Michael Buoniconti said the building was evacuated … 0

Mohawk shines at Springfield ‘Congress’

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional High School student teams were among the top performers at the 74th annual Model Congress, held at American International College in Springfield earlier this month. Mohawk sent two four-student delegations and four observers to the Model Congress, where they competed against 14 teams … 0

Fundraiser planned for fire victims

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — A benefit will be held on Feb. 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 52 State St., to support Bernardston fire victims, Amanda Coutu and Matthew Jones. The benefit will feature a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, cash bar, food and … 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