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Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Recorder file photo /Paul Franz
John Orcutt is seen here in his Northfield home in 2012, with his parents in the mirror

Injured student reaches settlement with Pioneer

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The family of a local teenager has won a $50,000 settlement from Pioneer Valley Regional School District nearly four years after their son was injured during a middle school baseball practice. John Orcutt, 17, was struck in the head with a soft “practice ball” during a March 23, 2011 indoor baseball practice at Pioneer Valley Regional School. He … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come my way that have interested me, and it seemed like the timing was right, relative … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where they learn service, communication and respect and develop friendships, breaking down the traditional cliques. The … 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

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