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Sharing a few notes: High schoolers coaching younger string players one on one
05-10-2024 9:13 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Carefully holding and balancing his violin, 12-year-old Heedo Noh, a Fort River School sixth grader, gets a suggestion for positioning the bow so it runs straight across the strings as he practices G.F. Handel’s “Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus.”“Good,”...

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Amherst Regional track project heads to bid, though money still short
07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — While a preferred $3.36 million overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School remains $932,175 short of what is needed to begin the work, the Regional School Committee is supporting putting the project out to bid, with much...


Amherst Town Council clears regional schools budget hike one-time funds and warning
07-05-2024 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even as members of the Town Council acknowledge frustrations over the size of the Amherst-Pelham Regional schools assessment increase, and the need to use one-time American Rescue Plan Act money to cover a portion of the obligation, a $35.27...


Amherst Town Council clears regional schools budget hike one-time funds and warning
06-27-2024 7:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Even as members of the Town Council acknowledge frustrations over the size of the Amherst-Pelham Regional schools assessment increase, and the need to use one-time American Rescue Plan Act money to cover a portion of the obligation, a $35.27...


Amherst Regional School Committee looks to launch financial sustainability panel
06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A fiscal sustainability committee that will undertake strategic planning and identify potential cost savings and new revenue sources for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools is being established by the Regional School Committee.Even though...


Amherst Regional board aims to set stage for new superintendent
06-20-2024 3:42 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Regional School Committee members are expecting Superintendent E. Xiomara Herman will hit the ground running and begin a successful tenure overseeing the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools as of July 1, even if she is not...


Review sought of 41-acre solar/battery project on Amherst’s eastern edge
06-13-2024 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A controversial large-scale solar and battery development planned for a portion of a mostly wooded 102-acre site on the eastern edge of town is continuing to make its way through municipal permitting, with a private consultant to review...


Amherst council raises concern over bearing brunt of track expenses
05-30-2024 5:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Town Council are expressing concern about being asked to appropriate more money for a preferred track and field overhaul at Amherst Regional High School, when no similar requests are being made to the other towns in...


Herman signs on as Amherst-Pelham Regional superintendent
05-28-2024 10:49 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A superintendent for the St. Croix, Virgin Islands Department of Education has reached terms of a contract and will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham regional schools beginning July 1, earning $176,500 in...


Amherst Regional’s track project likely in council’s lap
05-28-2024 10:49 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Town Council is likely to determine the scope of renovations to the Amherst Regional High School track and its interior field after the Regional School Committee deferred the final decision on the project last week to Amherst’s elected...


State OKs Valley Green Energy program for Amherst, Northampton, Pelham
05-20-2024 10:11 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A program offering Northampton, Amherst and Pelham residents more electricity supplied by green sources should be ready to launch by this fall.Amherst officials announced on May 8 that the state Department of Public Utilities recently...


Pelham TM backs 6% school assessment, community choice aggregation program
05-20-2024 10:09 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — A 6% increase in the assessment for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools and the final step in establishing Valley Green Energy, a municipal community choice aggregation program for Pelham, Amherst and Northampton residents and businesses,...


Funding will limit ARHS track/field makeover to cheapest option
05-10-2024 9:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Widening the existing track from six to eight lanes and rejuvenating the interior grass field appears to be the extent of renovations that can be done to Amherst Regional High School’s track and field because of limited funding.While the...


School assessment, electricity program among items on Pelham Town Meeting docket
05-10-2024 9:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

PELHAM — An assessment for the town’s share of the fiscal year 2025 budget of $35.27 million for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, a final step in approving a three-community plan for electricity to be supplied by green sources, and the purchase of...


Super defers Amherst middle school principal pick to successor; one finalist says decision is retaliation for lawsuit
05-10-2024 9:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Interim Superintendent Douglas Slaughter has opted against hiring a permanent middle school principal despite a search that yielded three finalists, a decision one of those finalists says is retaliation against her because she recently filed...


Island superintendent picked to lead Amherst-Pelham region schools
05-06-2024 5:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Ericilda Xiomara Herman, a superintendent of a school district in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, will be the next superintendent for the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional schools, pending successful contract negotiations.Citing...


Amherst Regional School Committee proposes new budget that lowers assessments for towns
05-06-2024 5:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional School Committee has agreed to a new budget proposal for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools next year that is nearly $500,000 less than a spending plan approved in March. The new budget means smaller 6% assessment...


Revised plan to combat bullying in Amherst regional schools questioned
04-29-2024 8:37 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A revised plan for investigating bullying and stopping such incidents at the Amherst-Pelham regional schools is raising concerns for some members of the Regional School Committee, who see the changes as taking a backward step.“This new...


Amherst regional superintendent candidate stresses inclusion, broad expertise
04-18-2024 7:22 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: The first of three finalists for the job of superintendent was interviewed last week. Stories about visits of the other two finalists will appear when they interview the week of April 22.AMHERST — A strong work ethic, an ability to...


Amherst officials cool to bid to double spending hike for regional schools
04-11-2024 6:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A request for nearly $1 million more from the four member towns of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District to support a $35.75 million fiscal year 2025 budget for the regional schools is being met with a lukewarm response and skepticism...


In federal lawsuit, teacher accuses Amherst schools of violating civil rights, other district policies
04-11-2024 6:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A special education teacher who previously led the teachers union has filed a federal discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, its current interim superintendent and its former leaders.An...

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