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Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont budgets get school board approval, head to Town Meeting
03-05-2024 3:42 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school district school committees having approved proposed budgets for fiscal year 2025, the funding requests will now come before Annual Town Meeting voters this spring.Mohawk Trail budgetFollowing a...

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Enrollment formula change back before Heath voters
06-14-2024 2:43 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

HEATH — Having been two voters short of a quorum when the articles came up at Annual Town Meeting in May, residents will reconvene Monday to vote on regional agreement revisions that would change the school enrollment formula that is used to calculate...


Two local school advocates tapped to lead state’s new Small and Rural Schools Committee
04-16-2024 5:29 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As rural schools and their challenges continue to become a more prominent topic at the state level, two local champions of Franklin County’s schools have been tapped to serve as co-chairs of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ (MASC)...


Mohawk Trail’s regional agreement changes coming back to towns
03-13-2024 12:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Following a vote from the School Committee, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District intends to reintroduce the same regional agreement amendments that failed to receive approval from all eight member towns last year.“We can change the...


Mohawk Trail proposes $26.7M budget for FY25; public hearing set for Wednesday
02-19-2024 3:37 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee is bringing a $26.97 million total operating and capital budget proposal for fiscal year 2025 to a public hearing this week, representing a 5.34% increase over this year’s...


Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont districts launch Phase 2 of sustainability study
02-03-2024 5:40 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

As part of an effort to find ways to reorganize to better address the hardships faced by rural schools, the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts have initiated Phase 2 of a sustainability study led by educational resource company...


Heath Selectboard opts against Special Town Meeting on school assessment formula
10-20-2023 1:06 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — Despite a request from the Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee, the Selectboard has opted not to call a Special Town Meeting for the town to revote on changes proposed to the district’s regional agreement that would alter...


Heath Finance Committee opposes Special Town Meeting on school assessment formula
10-13-2023 5:57 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — The Finance Committee voted unanimously to not recommend holding a Special Town Meeting for the town to revote on changes to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement, despite a request from the School Committee. This vote came after...


Shelburne voters narrowly approve school assessment formula change
10-13-2023 2:49 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

SHELBURNE — By a two-vote margin, Special Town Meeting voters narrowly backed a new Mohawk Trail Regional School District assessment formula that includes out-of-district and School Choice students from each town in determining that town’s share of...


Shelburne voters to consider Mohawk Trail school district assessment formula change
10-09-2023 1:38 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — The town will host a four-article Special Town Meeting on Wednesday to discuss amendments to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s regional agreement. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Shelburne Town Hall, located at 51 Bridge...


School officials request Heath vote on changing assessment formula
09-08-2023 4:43 PM

By MARY BYRNE

HEATH — School officials are asking the town to convene a Special Town Meeting to approve an amendment to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement that aims to bring it “in line with” the way the Department of Elementary and Secondary...


Increased rural school aid ‘a tremendous win,’ administrators and legislators say
08-18-2023 6:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Months after Gov. Maura Healey’s initial budget proposal showed a moderate increase to rural school aid, that line item has nearly tripled in the approved budget, in what area administrators say is a step in the right direction toward equitable...


Legislature urged to adopt permanent school meals program
06-28-2023 5:07 PM

By MARY BYRNE

Dozens of superintendents, including a handful from Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, have signed a letter to lawmakers urging them to make permanent the universal meals program School Meals for All, rather than just extend it for another...


School officials, students advocate for more rural aid during ‘critical’ legislative session
05-10-2023 5:16 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BOSTON — School committee members, administrators and students with the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts, along with elected officials from member towns, converged on the State House earlier this month to further advocate for...


Mohawk Trail school district pitches assessment formula change
04-20-2023 3:09 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District School Committee has asked its eight member towns to add three articles to each of their Annual Town Meeting warrants that would amend the town assessment formula outlined in the regional agreement. However,...


Assessment concerns raised during Mohawk Trail budget talks
03-10-2023 2:09 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BUCKLAND — As Mohawk Trail Regional School District presented its fiscal year 2024 budget with several new student initiatives on Thursday, Plainfield officials raised concerns about the impact of their town’s increasing assessment.Superintendent...


West County Notebook: March 9, 2023
03-08-2023 3:45 PM

Kiwanis Club holding Sugar on Snow Supper SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club will host its annual Sugar on Snow Supper at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on Saturday, with servings at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15...


Heath officials agree to pay school district for $44K assessment error
03-03-2023 4:18 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

HEATH — After a year of deliberation, town officials have agreed to pay $44,443 to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District for a fiscal year 2022 assessment error.“The Selectboard and Finance Committee have decided they will pay the amount the...


Charlemont, Hawley officials push Healey for more rural school aid
02-21-2023 4:52 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — School and town officials have sent Gov. Maura Healey a letter urging her to fund an annual appropriation of $60 million directed entirely at rural and declining-enrollment schools.“Now is the time to act. The state has considerable...


Mohawk Trail, Hawlemont schools review budget with Charlemont officials
02-17-2023 7:08 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — As the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts finish creating their proposed budgets ahead of a pair of public hearings, administrators have begun meeting with town officials to hear their thoughts.Superintendent Sheryl...


Community members petition state for audit of Mohawk Trail Regional School hiring process
07-07-2021 5:23 PM

By ELLA ADAMS

BUCKLAND — A group of parents and community members of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts have requested an audit from Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley concerning the hiring of a vice...

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