Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Pioneer towns: school costs unsustainable

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Three of the four Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s towns said they can’t afford to keep paying rising school costs. The district has proposed a $14.46 million budget, though it could be lowered before going to vote at annual town meetings. Warwick Selectboard members told the School Committee Thursday the town couldn’t afford any increase in its share of the district’s costs. Bernardston and Northfield officials said they … 0

Warwick to Pioneer: We can’t pay more

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WARWICK — The Selectboard will tell the School Committee in no uncertain terms that Warwick can’t afford another increase to its school costs. The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee will meet with officials from the district’s four towns at 5 p.m. Thursday in Pioneer Valley Regional School. For a … 0

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 … 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

Pioneer graduates are told to ‘never give up’

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Inspiration can be contagious. “I’ve been lucky that my dream could inspire you all to achieve your dreams,” former Pioneer Valley Regional School coach and teacher Thomas Gaffigan told the Class of 2014 at Friday’s graduation. … 0

Bernardston voters reach compromise on school budget

Thursday, May 22, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget remains uncertain after town meeting voters approved $162,950 less than their share of the proposed school spending. For the budget to pass, it needs to be supported by three of the district’s four towns. While the requested amount was … 0

Warwick approves its share of Pioneer budget

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

WARWICK — Voters approved a 9.74 percent increase to the town’s share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget at the Warwick annual town meeting. The town’s Finance Committee had recommended that the town approve a lower share of $702,932, which would have been a 2.5 percent … 0

Pioneer District explains $400,000 computer costs

Sunday, May 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Officials from Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s member towns faced with the district’s plans to borrow $400,000 for computer upgrades finally got the explanation they were asking for. The main drive behind the plan is the schools’ outdated operating system, aging computers and servers running a … 0

Pioneer district preschool screenings set for Thursday

Sunday, April 27, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Preschool screenings for 3- to 5-year-olds in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will be held Thursday . Screenings are by appointment only, and will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. Children who live in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield and Warwick, … 0

Cell tower could benefit Pioneer district

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A deal in the works could bring the Pioneer Valley Regional School District $2 million over 25 years. The district has negotiated a deal for AT&T Wireless to build and use a 120-foot cellular phone tower on north side of the Pioneer Valley Regional School grounds. … 0

Preschool screening for Pioneer district

Monday, April 21, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Preschool screening for 3- to 5-year-olds in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will be held May 1. The screenings are open to children who will be at least 3 years old on or before May 1 and live in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield or Warwick. It … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving … 0

Bernardston: Should we leave Pioneer school district?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Sick of ever-inflating school costs, the town will look into the logistics of leaving the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The town faces an increase of about $330,000, or 14 percent, in its share of the … 0

Pioneer towns see prospect of 10% hikes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — As school costs continue to rise, state aid remains nearly stagnant, and the towns of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District are feeling the crunch. The School Committee has proposed a level services budget of $14.4 … 0