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 district sets town assessments, sends Bernardston to special town meeting

Friday, July 26, 2013

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District finally has a budget in place after months of uncertainty. That budget comes to $13.67 million, about $6.18 million of which will come from state aid and other district revenues, leaving the district’s four towns to fund $7.49 million. The … 0

‘Wish away,’ Pioneer teacher urges seniors

Friday, June 7, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Before they took their diplomas and headed out into the waiting world, the Pioneer Valley Regional School Class of 2013 showed their spirit with a “barbaric yawp.” The ruckus came at the request of commencement speaker … 0

Still no Pioneer budget after Bernardston vote

Thursday, May 30, 2013

BERNARDSTON — The town nearly passed a 4 percent increase to its share of the school district budget at this week’s annual town meeting. An amendment to add $34,000 to the $2.3 million proposed share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District was defeated 39-35 Wednesday in a … 0

Pioneer students get bronze in green competition

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Students from Pioneer Valley Regional School placed high in a statewide competition. Pioneer’s team brought home third place in the 25th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, held at Borderland State Park in Easton. For the competition, teams had … 0

Still no budget for Pioneer

Friday, May 3, 2013

NORTHFIELD — With the total Pioneer Valley Regional School budget still uncertain and member towns budgeting for a four percent increase on their shares of it, a number of cuts may be made in the coming school year. “We are in dire straits,” said William Wahlstrom, chairman of … 0

In service of education, community

Sunday, April 28, 2013

NORTHFIELD — For many, spending 35 years working in the same position would be considered a career. Patricia Shearer of Northfield just considers it doing her part. She joined the School Committee of the Pioneer Valley Regional School … 0

PVRS district budget up, state aid stagnant

Sunday, March 17, 2013

NORTHFIELD — A proposed $14.3 million school budget has sparked much debate between town officials and School Committee members. Though the proposal seeks an increase of $781,905, or 5.79 percent, from this year’s $13.5 million budget, most of it will come from the member towns, as state aid … 0

Pioneer undergoing accreditation

Monday, March 11, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School is eagerly awaiting the results of its 10-year accreditation review. Though a four-day peer site visit began Sunday, the school has been hard at work for the past year preparing for its evaluation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. … 0

PVRS district seeks 5.79 percent increase

Monday, February 18, 2013

A draft budget for the upcoming school year calls for an increase of $781,905 across the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The proposed budget, presented at a public hearing Thursday night, represents the maximum amount the district can ask for to fund the coming school year. Several capital … 0

Pioneer students protest

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NORTHFIELD — Some local middle- and high-school students are taking a stand against “excessive” homework. “A lot of people think we’re trying to get rid of homework, but we’re not,” said Ameilia Pelletier, 14. She and friend Elizabeth … 0