Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Pioneer board recommends capital improvements for district’s schools

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has voted to approve several capital projects. At the high school, these include $11,668 for window tinting in high-visibility areas, $8,000 for air conditioning in a computer equipment room, $4,876 for sidewalk repairs, and $800 for a two-way radio the school can use to communicate with police and fire departments. Capital projects at the high school must be approved by all four … 0

Pioneer sets maximum budget

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has set a maximum budget of $14.46 million for the upcoming school year. The proposed budget is up 2.35 percent, or $332,564, from this year’s $14.13 million. This year’s budget was a 5.5 percent increase from last year’s. The budget proposal represents the maximum the district can ask for next year’s funding, though the amount … 0

Pioneer to draft school budget on Thursday

Monday, February 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The four-town Pioneer Valley Regional School District will set its maximum budget for the coming school year in a public hearing Thursday. The hearing will be held at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Used as a “not to exceed” amount, the School Committee’s draft budget is subject to change as figures for state aid and other revenues, such as … 0

Injured student reaches settlement with Pioneer

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The family of a local teenager has won a $50,000 settlement from Pioneer Valley Regional School District nearly four years after their son was injured during a middle school baseball practice. John Orcutt, 17, was struck … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where … 0

Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed … 0

In recount, Northfield override passes

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley School District budget is set after a Proposition 21/2 override passed by four votes after a recount Thursday afternoon. Those four votes mean the town’s property taxes will increase beyond the levy limit … 0

PVRS revenue up; budget still unresolved

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District towns will get a slight reduction in their requested shares of the school budget due to a bump in district revenue. The state budget signed by the governor includes an increase of $87,683 to the $418,142 expected in transportation reimbursement to … 0

Tied Northfield vote means override failed — for now

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tied vote Tuesday means the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget stands defeated — unless a recount yields a different result or another vote is held. The 524 ballots were split down the middle Tuesday, with 262 each for and against a Proposition 2½ override … 0

Northfield override vote ends in a tie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tie vote leaves the town headed for a recount and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget uncertain after a Proposition 2 1/ 2 override election Tuesday. The vote stands tied at 262, after 495 residents voted in person and 29 took out absentee ballots, … 0

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Monday, July 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Work will begin this summer on a $400,000 computer equipment upgrade plan at the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s five schools. The district will borrow the money for a five-year term, with each of the district’s four towns’ shares based on their percentages of the school … 1

46 layoffs on the line in Northfield override

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Tuesday’s Proposition 21/ 2 override vote could have serious implications for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. If the override passes, it would result in a tax rate increase of 79 cents per $1,000 of property value, according to Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. In May, … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Butterflies emerge from Holocaust unit at PVRS

Monday, June 16, 2014

DEERFIELD — A new load of butterflies has emerged at the Magic Wings conservatory, but they came from a suitcase rather than cocoons. On their wings were messages of hope and scenes of tranquility, drawn by the hands … 0