Mohawk Trail Regional School District

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti if they should turn on the sound … 0

Mohawk Briefs

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board receives military award BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has received a U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for “outstanding support of employees serving in the (National) Guard and Reserve.” The School Committee was nominated by its superintendent, U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Michael Buoniconti, both … 0

Mohawk joins fight to keep bus money

Sunday, December 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — After sending state officials a letter opposing Gov. Deval Patrick’s recent 27 percent cut to regional transportation aid, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has joined a legal effort, headed by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS), to protect regional transportation reimbursement. The School Committee voted Wednesday to donate $500 … 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

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