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Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee Chairwoman Patricia Shearer watches as Jeremy Gillis, town clerk of Easton, breaks the seal on the last 50-ballot envelope at a recount of the votes from a July 8 Proposition 2 1/2 override in Northfield Thursday.
Recorder/David Rainville

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 to come up with the difference between the $3.87 million share of the school budget and the $4.12 million share approved by … 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 the district. An additional $12,317 in School Choice money is also in line for the … 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 that would have exempted the town’s $4.17 million share of the school budget from the … 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

Pioneer: How do you categorize repair costs?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What kind of repairs should tenants be responsible for, and what should be taken care of by landlords? That’s what the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and its four member towns are trying to determine. Bernardston, … 0

Pioneer property plan to be presented Sunday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — There are big plans for the Pioneer Valley Regional School property, and you can hear about them straight from the source Sunday. John Lepore, a Bernardston resident and former Pioneer science teacher, has authored an all-encompassing … 0

Pioneer musicians set sights on Nashville, Graceland

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school band is taking its show on the road — all the way to the gates of Graceland. The Pioneer Valley Regional School’s marching and concert bands are raising money and putting in extra … 0

Cell tower proposed for Pioneer

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed cell tower could bring district schools some extra income. “AT&T called me, and said they were looking to improve their network out here, and had identified the school as a potential (tower) location,” said Dayle Doiron, superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. … 0

Pioneer students plan trip to Peru ... with a purpose

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If all goes according to plan, 12 Pioneer Valley Regional School students, two teacher chaperones and an expedition leader will touch down in Lima, Peru in late July. “It’s going to be part community service and part culture exchange,” said Samantha Gorzocoski, a Northfield sophomore. “It’s … 0

Pipe bursts at PVRS

Sunday, January 5, 2014

NORTHFIELD — One person’s carelessness is being blamed for a burst pipe in the Pioneer Valley Regional School auxiliary gym. “Somebody wedged open a door on the north side of the building and a sprinkler head froze,” said Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III. “It sent water cascading … 0

Stewardship plan for Pioneer property

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Former high school science teacher John Lepore spent 1,600 hours crafting a plan for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 90-acre property. “It wasn’t work; it was fun,” Lepore told the School Committee when he presented a summary of the plan. Lepore volunteered nearly a year’s worth … 0

Pioneer collects donations for ‘Family Cheer’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NORTHFIELD — The holidays are here and the local high school community is once again thinking of what it can do for the less fortunate. The Pioneer Valley Regional School is collecting donations for its Family Cheer program. Formerly called Holiday Cheer, the program was rebranded this year … 0

Teens help teens with PowderPuff football rivalry

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School’s Lady Eagles have walked away with a solid 14-8 win in the annual PowderPuff flag football game. More importantly, the football rivalry with Pioneer Valley Regional School raised $1,096 for local youth social service agency DIAL/SELF. This is the largest sum … 0