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Time crunch delays revisions to Pioneer Valley Regional School District agreement
02-26-2024 11:05 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

NORTHFIELD — School officials put a pause on revisions to a new regional agreement for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District after Selectboards in all three district towns voiced concerns about the timeline for the rollout.“There does not seem...


Hawlemont Regional School District budget stands firm
02-24-2024 10:38 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — The Hawlemont Regional School District's budget for the next fiscal year, amounting to approximately $1.6 million, will be presented at a public hearing on Thursday at the Hawlemont Gymnasium, starting at 5:15 p.m.The budget reflects a...


Hawlemont Regional School, timber farmers to launch wood bank
02-23-2024 1:43 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

CHARLEMONT — Hawlemont Regional School has partnered with Jay Healy of Hall Tavern Farm to establish a wood bank at the elementary school, providing free wood to the broader community."I think this will be a great partnership given what the school...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-22-2024 3:48 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators next week will vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the so-called...


Athol principal selected as superintendent for Erving School Union 28
02-20-2024 3:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next Erving School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and...


Markey bill includes funds for paraprofessional hires, training
02-19-2024 6:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

The region’s paraeducators could receive additional support from the federal government when it comes to recruitment, training and retention as part of a bill proposed in Congress by Sen. Ed Markey.The bill — called the Preparing and Retaining All...


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...


Riley to resign as DESE head in March
02-16-2024 4:31 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley plans to step down on March 15 after six years leading Massachusetts’ K-12 school system, according to a letter he sent to the state’s education board on Thursday.Riley plans to...


Doug Selwyn: Can we prioritize our children? Too many students are not coming to school ready and able to learn
02-16-2024 2:24 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

We spent a week over the holidays with a two-year-old, a five-year-old and one of their parents, helping the family deal with the holiday gap in school/day care. Their parents both work at demanding jobs, struggled to find appropriate child care and...


Interviews for Union 28 superintendent set for Friday
02-15-2024 2:13 PM

NEW SALEM — Public interviews with the three finalists to become the next superintendent of Erving School Union 28 will take place Friday at Swift River School, with a possible selection by the Joint Supervisory Committee later that evening.The...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators
02-12-2024 6:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Four women representing western Massachusetts in the state Legislature visited Greenfield Community College on Monday for a panel discussion about health care with second-year nursing students.State Sen. Jo Comerford was joined by state...


Teacher, student honored for exemplifying spirit of late Turners Falls assistant principal
02-12-2024 12:14 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — A 17-year-old senior who is committed to studying dance after graduation and a history and psychology teacher are the two latest recipients of the McGraw Uplift Awards, bestowed upon school community members who best exemplify the...


Gill, Montague officials hear details of proposed FY25 school budget
02-09-2024 2:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s superintendent and director of business and operations walked town officials through the proposed fiscal year 2025 budget this week and explained the finer details of how those figures came...


With Town Meeting approval, Union 28 bus contract signed
02-07-2024 4:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Following a series of Special Town Meetings, all contracts have been signed to ensure F.M. Kuzmeskus provides transportation services to Erving School Union 28 for another five years.Caitlin Sheridan, director of finance and operations at Erving...


Guest columnist Pema Latshang : School leaders need to further invest in their teachers
02-05-2024 4:47 PM

By PEMA LATSHANG

Over the past three years, it’s become clear just how essential teachers are to the everyday lives of the western Massachusetts community. In remote and hybrid settings they were there for us throughout the pandemic, with many stepping up to do this...


State report emphasizes flexibility, tech in education
02-04-2024 12:22 PM

By SAM DRYSALE

BOSTON — Following a presentation on reforming education to embrace artificial intelligence, build more flexibility into the school day, and fundamentally rethink how and where students learn, the state’s K-12 education commissioner agreed that...


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...


My Turn: High-stakes testing regime the opposite of educating kids
02-01-2024 4:30 PM

By DOUG SELWYN

We are now a month away from MCAS season, and I urge readers to learn more about the Thrive Act, which would end the MCAS as a graduation requirement, would end district receivership, and would establish a commission to develop an assessment system...


Low state aid figures for Gill-Montague prompt budget revisions
01-31-2024 6:34 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

MONTAGUE — The Gill-Montague Regional School District is working to shore up a budget facing a roughly $500,000 shortfall due to an unexpected loss of state aid. The district’s School Committee has approved a roughly $27.67 million preliminary budget...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses
01-31-2024 4:53 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to strengthen participation in advanced classes among Black and Latino high school students, lawmakers sought to build momentum Tuesday for a framework that would streamline how public colleges accept AP credits.Redrafted legislation...

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