Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Ned Green

Ned Green scholarship hike in Warwick on May 9

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WARWICK — Though it’s been 14 years since an ice-climbing accident took Ned Green’s life, his memory lives on. Shortly after his death, his mother, Clare Green, set up a scholarship in his name, to be given to a Pioneer Valley Regional School senior pursuing an education in the environmental sciences or outdoor leadership. On May 9, supporters will embark on a memorial hike to the summit of Mount Grace, meeting at the trail head across from the Highway Department garage at 10 a.m. Donations are appreciated, but everyone is invited to hike, regardless of their ability to donate. Hikers are encouraged to bring water … 0

Pioneer trims budget request

Monday, April 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Although the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s revised budget calls for a less than 1 percent increase, dropoffs in outside revenue and shifting assessments would translate to an increase of nearly 8 percent for one district town. The revised $14.34 million budget represents a cut from a $14.46 million “not to exceed” budget proposed in February. The new proposal would be … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron over the summer. The School Committee signed Miller’s contract Thursday, contingent … 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

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