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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

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

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