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Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Pioneer announces superintendent candidates

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After a closed-door search, three finalists for superintendent of Pioneer Valley Regional School District have emerged. All are New England educators with decades of experience. One will replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Francis Baran is the superintendent of the Woodstock, Conn., public schools. Baran has been an educator for 42 years, including 12 years as superintendent, 18 years as principal and 12 years as a teacher. His one-town … 0

Pioneer towns: school costs unsustainable

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Three of the four Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s towns said they can’t afford to keep paying rising school costs. The district has proposed a $14.46 million budget, though it could be lowered before going to vote at annual town meetings. Warwick Selectboard members told the School Committee Thursday the town couldn’t afford any increase in its share of the district’s … 0

Warwick to Pioneer: We can’t pay more

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WARWICK — The Selectboard will tell the School Committee in no uncertain terms that Warwick can’t afford another increase to its school costs. The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee will meet with officials from the district’s four towns at 5 p.m. Thursday in Pioneer Valley Regional School. For a … 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