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Franklin County Technical School prepares to launch aviation, veterinary programs
06-03-2024 12:35 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School is on the cusp of completing two separate projects that will provide more opportunities for its students.The school has been working on both a veterinary center, which should be done before the end...

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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...


Town officials talk voting thresholds, term limits in Pioneer’s regional agreement
06-14-2024 2:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — As work continues on the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s district agreement, town officials in the three member towns are conducting their own review of the revisions at the same time.At the Bernardston Senior Center Thursday...


PHOTOS: Senior Center thanks Franklin Tech students with donation
06-14-2024 1:35 PM


Upon closure, Four Winds School looks to future opportunities
06-12-2024 3:30 PM

By SAM FERLAND

GILL — Four Winds School has officially closed its doors following the end of the 2023-2024 school year and a final liquidation sale last weekend, with a goal of raising money in hopes of reopening somewhere new in the future.“I think a better...


Orange, Petersham schools receive state grants to bolster reading skills
06-07-2024 5:13 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and MAX BOWEN

Orange and Petersham will receive a combined $134,530 in state money to implement a package of materials for teaching foundational reading skills in kindergarten through second grade.The two North Quabbin towns are among the 18 school districts and...


‘That’s a Cool Job’ Day highlights career options for Rowe students
06-07-2024 2:45 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ROWE — Community members gathered Wednesday in Rowe Elementary School’s gymnasium to talk with students about their careers, running the gamut from nature conservation to cartooning, as part of the annual “That’s a Cool Job” Day.Molly Cantor, a local...


Student cellphone use prohibited at Pioneer district schools starting in August
06-07-2024 1:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Beginning in August, Pioneer Valley Regional School District students will be prohibited from using cellphones at any time during the school day.In a unanimous vote Thursday, the School Committee approved a policy charging district...


Issues with our education funding formula: Three factors that put our cities, towns and students at an unfair advantage
06-07-2024 11:14 AM

By DOUG SELWYN

Our public school system — the backbone of democracy, the great equalizer, the means by which we can level the playing field — is itself unequal, undemocratic, and badly underfunded. Though education is one of the most significant responsibilities of...


Mohawk Trail Regional School expanding cellphone policy for students
06-03-2024 11:31 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BUCKLAND — After a successful implementation in the middle school, Mohawk Trail Regional School is expanding its “Off and Away, All Day!” pilot program to the high school to curb student cellphone use and introduce a consistent policy across the...


Four Rivers Class of 2024 ready to make its mark
06-01-2024 5:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — As the 26 graduates at Four Rivers Charter Public School marked the end of their high school journey Saturday afternoon, they were asked a simple question: How will they make a difference in society?“How will you leave your mark on the...


Academic excellence, creating community top of mind for new Pioneer principal
06-01-2024 3:07 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The district is welcoming a veteran educator to Pioneer Valley Regional School this summer as Annie Scanlan-Emigh takes the helm as principal.The assistant principal at Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley and educator of 17...


Small in numbers, large in spirit: Mahar graduates 56
05-31-2024 8:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Seated at the 10-yard line of the James S. Woodward Athletic Complex, the members of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s perhaps smallest-ever class crossed into a different end zone of sorts on Friday evening.Fifty-six graduates moved their...


Does renewed growth in Massachusetts’ higher education mark a turning point or a temporary surge?
05-29-2024 6:01 AM

By XINYI YANG

After a decade of declining enrollment, public higher education in Massachusetts finally saw the first increase in first-year undergraduate enrollment last fall, fueled by a nearly 8% increase in community college admissions.Meanwhile, at the...


Erving Elementary School eyes student mental health program
05-28-2024 2:44 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — After results from a recent survey showed that 7% of Erving students were in the “high risk” emotional category and another 32% were at “some risk” emotionally, Erving Elementary School is moving forward with a new student mental health...


Gill-Montague Education Fund gala ends after 20 years
05-27-2024 11:35 AM

By MAX BOWEN

After 20 years of raising money and providing a variety of educational opportunities to students, the non-profit Gill-Montague Education Fund has held its final gala.While the gala, held for the last time on April 27, has served as the Gill-Montague...


Officials sorting out disarray at Leverett Elementary School
05-26-2024 12:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — With the interim Leverett Elementary School principal on a leave that began in March after being criticized for a lack of transparency, representatives of the teachers union are seeing the leadership situation as contributing to a “very...


Pioneer eyes policy to curb student cellphone use
05-24-2024 4:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to curb student cellphone use, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has put forward a draft policy prohibiting use of personal electronic devices during the school day.The school is joining others in...


Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud
05-22-2024 3:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional school committees obliged their town’s Selectboard on Monday by revisiting the budgets they’re proposing at the Annual Town Meeting, but only Mahar voted to further trim costs as asked.Because...


Pioneer’s new auxiliary gym a ‘valuable resource’ that boosts student health
05-21-2024 11:01 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — With a one-time financial investment into the complete overhaul of its auxiliary gym, Pioneer Valley Regional School is hoping the work will pay dividends for students in the classroom, on the athletic field and for the rest of their...


Mohawk Trail Regional School’s Tierney honored as promising new teacher
05-17-2024 1:46 PM

BUCKLAND — In recognition of his social studies and civics instruction that aims to create better citizens and young advocates, Mohawk Trail Regional School eighth grade teacher Brennan Tierney has received the Massachusetts Council for the Social...

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