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Amherst Regional may revisit synthetic turf for its track and field project
12-09-2023 1:19 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — With designs and precise cost estimates for a new track and field at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School possibly still six to nine months from being completed, members of the Regional School Committee are considering revisiting a 2022 vote...


Leslie Nyman: Save Medicare from corporate profiteers
12-09-2023 1:16 PM

More than half of Medicare beneficiaries now have for-profit corporations in charge of their care through Medicare Advantage plans. Insurance companies are well paid for these plans and much of that taxpayer money does not find its way to patient...


Amherst regional district getting staff aligned on gender, sexual orientation
11-22-2023 6:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two trainings focused on improving staff knowledge of gender identity and sexual orientation, including a full day of professional development with presentations and workshops, are part of the Amherst-Pelham Regional school district’s...


Slaughter again tapped as interim school chief in Amherst
09-06-2023 7:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional public schools will be led on a temporary basis by Douglas Slaughter, the school’s finance chief, who for the second time this year has been named the interim superintendent.With Superintendent...


Amherst Regional School Committee chief Herrington quits board
08-25-2023 7:31 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Ben Herrington, chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee since January 2022, is resigning from both the regional and Amherst school committees.Herrington announced Monday that he would step down from the panels on which he...


Morris out as Amherst superintendent amid anti-trans controversy
08-25-2023 7:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Superintendent Michael Morris will leave his position after seven years in the role, a mutual departure announced by the Amherst-Pelham Regional and Union 26 school committees on the afternoon of Aug. 18.The announcement comes after the...


Amherst-Pelham school union doubles down on call to investigate superintendent’s ‘failures’
08-16-2023 8:08 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Having already taken a no-confidence vote in Superintendent Michael Morris, the union representing teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical staff in the Amherst-Pelham public schools reiterated its appeal for the Regional School Committee to...


Amherst regional superintendent Morris pledges backing for LGBTQ students, hires behavioral administrator
07-25-2023 8:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Superintendent Michael Morris is pledging to create a “safe, positive environment” for all children who are educated in the town and regional schools — and apologizing to those who haven’t had that experience.Additionally, Morris, back on...


Amherst-Pelham teachers contract ratified after long struggle
07-19-2023 2:09 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Following at-times contentious negotiations and mediation over the past 18 months, a new three-year contract for the Amherst-Pelham Education Association, whose members include teachers, paraeducators and clerical staff, has been...


Morris returning as school superintendent in Amherst 
07-13-2023 2:45 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — School Superintendent Michael Morris, who has been on an indefinite medical leave since May 12 on orders from his doctor, will be returning to the position he has held since the summer of 2016.In a message being sent to families and staff...


Amherst Regional School Committee pledges action on anti-trans probe
06-26-2023 8:16 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional School Committee sought to reassure the school community Tuesday that it intends to act on the results of ongoing investigations, including a Title IX complaint, into the alleged mistreatment of trans and nonbinary...


Amherst school union preps for vote on new 3-year contract, calls for public response to its no-confidence vote in district leaders
06-15-2023 10:59 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A possible agreement on a new three-year contract between the union representing teachers, paraeducators and clerical staff and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee awaits a vote in the coming days.In the meantime, the Amherst Pelham...


Amherst librarians: Limit book disputes to residents
06-08-2023 11:20 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Amid a nationwide surge of parent-led challenges to books in public libraries and schools, and new laws in red states led by Florida and Texas enabling efforts to remove questioned material, top librarians in the Amherst regional school...


Amherst-Pelham Regional board issues apology to LGBTQ students
06-08-2023 11:20 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A statement put out by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee last week is expressing support for all students in the secondary schools to have a safe learning environment free of discrimination, as well as providing an apology for the...


Municipal green energy program in Northampton, Amherst, Pelham revs up
06-08-2023 11:17 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A joint municipal electrical aggregation program involving Northampton, Amherst and Pelham, developed over the past several years as a way of bringing cleaner electricity to households and businesses, is getting ready to start.The Valley Green Energy...


State LGBTQ Youth Commission bringing trainings to Amherst Regional school staff
06-01-2023 6:29 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — State agencies that collaborate to promote the safety, well-being and rights of LGBTQ students intend to work with the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts for training that will benefit educators, staff and families in the...


Amherst educators union shoots down pact over para pay
06-01-2023 6:27 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Bargaining units for the Amherst-Pelham Education Association decided against ratifying contracts proposed by the School Committee in a vote Monday, according to the union’s executive committee.The union representing teachers,...


Amherst-Pelham school boards scramble to fill superintendent post as Morris takes sudden leave
05-18-2023 4:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Eight educators, mostly people who already work in the system, are being considered to be the acting superintendent for the Amherst, Amherst-Pelham Regional and Pelham public schools.The Amherst Regional School Committee and the...


Three Amherst school staffers on leave as probe into anti-transgender activities continues
05-18-2023 4:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Three staff members in the Amherst public schools are on paid administrative leave pending the results of a Title IX investigation that is underway by an impartial, external investigator, Superintendent Michael Morris confirmed last...


No contested election in Pelham
05-15-2023 11:16 AM

PELHAM — As has become custom in Pelham, no contested elections are on the ballot for the May 16 town election, with some positions possibly to be filled via write-in votes.Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ramsdell Room at the Pelham...

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