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Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Pioneer students score high in all MCAS categories

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The MCAS results are in and Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 10th-grade students ranked well above the state average in English, science and math proficiency. Passing the state-administered Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is a graduation requirement. The 2015 scores are listed below. Percentage of Pioneer sophomores who scored proficient or advanced: ∎ Math: 85 percent ∎ Science: 91 percent ∎ English: 99 … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable advanced or proficient categories on the English and language arts test have climbed overall since … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC exams at the lower grades, but the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System remained the graduation …


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

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