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With eye toward teaching firearm safety, Mahar’s Junior ROTC adding air rifles
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will participate in competitions with an air rifle aspect next year, though the program’s instructors are still waiting on air tanks, targets and other...

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Director of Village School in Royalston steps down
04-15-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Village School Director Rise Richardson, who has been there since the doors opened in 1989, has announced she has stepped down from the position.Richardson has been the school’s director since 1994, and said she had decided that it was...


Families fume at Orange Elementary School Committee over LPN hire
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Community members on Monday expressed their disgust with the Orange Elementary School Committee over the hiring of unqualified man as Fisher Hill School’s licensed practical nurse.Robert Davis, who was employed from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28,...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...


Healey: Let’s focus on those facing MCAS hurdle
03-20-2024 5:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s team is looking into what more the state can do to help high school students who do not pass the MCAS exam, but she gave voice Tuesday to her opposition to a potential ballot question that would force the state to stop...


Senate gives House more runway for early ed bill
03-17-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — More Massachusetts families would become eligible for subsidized child care and “transformational” grants that kept the early education system afloat during the pandemic would be made permanent, under a bill the Senate unanimously passed on...


Senate plans another push for major early ed bill
03-11-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Despite a tightening state budget picture, the Senate this week plans to take up a pricey early education and child care bill aimed at expanding access to education for the state’s youngest learners and making it more affordable for families,...


‘Remarkable’ enrollment increase continues for second semester at GCC
03-10-2024 5:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College saw a 13% increase in enrollment this semester, marking the college’s second consecutive semester of enrollment growth after a more than 10-year decline.By the end of 2023, 150 more students enrolled in the...


Wages, turnover put drag on early education
03-01-2024 5:01 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — The early education and care sector is seeing high turnover and a lack of younger educators entering the field, according to a report released Tuesday by The Boston Foundation, while the study’s authors recommended lifting up the sector with...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-23-2024 5:01 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...


Markey bill includes funds for paraprofessional hires, training
02-20-2024 4:24 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...


Proposal to allow Athol school buses to use Vine Street gate fails
02-20-2024 4:23 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — A much-contested pilot aimed at lessening congestion at the Athol Community Elementary School (ACES) will not proceed, following a vote at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Athol Royalston Regional School District School Committee.The vote followed...


Jeffrey Riley to resign as DESE head in March
02-16-2024 5:02 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 Thursday.Riley plans to...


Athol Royalston recognizes January Students of the Month
02-15-2024 5:00 PM

ATHOL — At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Athol Royalston School Committee recognized those students named as Student of the Month for January at each of the schools.Students were nominated by their teachers, who provided comments on why they...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators
02-13-2024 5:01 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...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses
02-01-2024 5:02 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...


‘A huge relief’: Swift River School reports filters, bottled water no longer needed
01-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Swift River School’s new PFAS6 filtration system seems to be working perfectly, and 190 students and staff members will drink to that.A little more than three years after tests of the school’s tap water revealed elevated levels of the...


Six-town board votes to draft agreement for potential Pioneer, Gill-Montague school merger
01-07-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Following a nearly unanimous vote, the Six Town Regionalization Planning Board will begin work on a regional agreement that would combine the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts.The 13-3 vote at the Jan. 3 meeting was only on...


Educators float MCAS alternatives should voters in 2024 decide to ditch the test as a graduation requirement
01-01-2024 5:00 PM

By EDEN MOR

Opponents of using the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test as a high school graduation requirement suggest there are better ways to measure student achievement should voters get an opportunity remove the requirement in November 2024.In...


Now free for some, community colleges see enrollment climb
12-31-2023 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HOLYOKE — At Holyoke Community College this fall, 3,706 students are enrolled and receiving credits for classes they are taking. That’s a 4.4% increase over the 3,550 students at the college in the fall of 2022.The jump in enrollment mirrors what is...


PHOTOS: Learning on display in Warwick
12-21-2023 2:52 PM

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