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Amherst school officials grapple with rumors staffers mistreating LGBTQ+ students
05-03-2023 8:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Alleged homophobic and transphobic comments toward children at Amherst Regional Middle School, and the possibility that LGBTQ+ students are being told to deny their gender identity and sexual orientation, are issues of concern for several...


State opens Innovation Pathways opportunities to Amherst Regional students
05-01-2023 11:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More hands-on experience in manufacturing for Amherst Regional High School students, along with the expansion of engineering and technology courses and modernizing engineering labs and classrooms, are projects being supported through the...


Amherst regional schools losing 14 positions
05-01-2023 11:18 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An operating budget that will cause the elimination of more than 14 positions at the Amherst-Pelham Regional public schools is being recommended by the Amherst Finance Committee, even with worry from some town officials that revenues are...


State opens Innovation Pathways opportunities to Amherst Regional students
04-20-2023 3:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More hands-on experience in manufacturing for Amherst Regional High School students, along with the expansion of engineering and technology courses and modernizing engineering labs and classrooms, are projects being supported through the...


Middle school principal search falls apart in Amherst 
04-12-2023 7:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A search for a new Amherst Regional Middle School principal may have to start over after the lone remaining finalist for the position withdrew from consideration, even though she had been invited for a site visit.Gabrielle Jackson, resident...


Schools reach tentative deal with administrators union in Amherst, Pelham
04-12-2023 7:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A union representing administrators in the Amherst and Pelham public schools and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that will extend through the 2024-2025 school...


Amherst regional school budget would eliminate 14 positions, including 2 teachers, 5 paras
03-31-2023 8:34 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — About $1.16 million in staff reductions, including cutting two classroom teachers at the middle school and five paraeducators at the regional schools, are included in the budget proposal the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is...


Amherst Teachers union, school committees share far different perspectives after 5-hour mediation session
03-31-2023 8:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Representatives for the Amherst Pelham Education Association and the Amherst and regional school committees are confirming that a contract mediation session lasted about five hours last Friday.But there doesn’t appear to be any similar...


Unions to school committees: Ditch mediation and return to negotiating table
03-08-2023 6:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A speech language pathologist at the regional high school says an unsettled employee contract is the latest in a litany of frustrations she and her colleagues have had to grapple with this academic year — a comment echoed by many of the 75...


Amherst regional schools’ budget limit could cut 15 positions
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — More than $1 million in spending cuts, including approximately 15 staff layoffs, may be needed to bring the regional schools’ budget to a level that the towns of Amherst, Pelham. Shutesbury and Leverett are able to pay.At a four-towns...


Amherst School Committee postpones moving sixth graders to middle school until at least 2025
02-23-2023 8:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Sixth graders at Amherst’s three elementary schools won’t be joining seventh and eighth graders at the Amherst Regional Middle School until fall 2025, at the earliest.In a reversal from a fall 2021 vote in which this year’s fifth graders...


Could junior high, high school merge? High capital costs at aging regional schools prompt discussion
02-23-2023 8:56 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Anticipated soaring costs related to the capital needs of the middle and high schools, including a project to replace the middle school roof that has been put on pause, is prompting local officials to ask if a single campus for regional...


Amherst educators will work to rule, calling for face-to-face contract talks
02-23-2023 6:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Teachers, paraeducators and other members of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association are halting doing any unpaid tasks in or out of school, such as overseeing extracurricular activities for students and developing new courses, until...


Amherst school officials, educators stuck in contract talks
02-08-2023 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A continued impasse in talks between the Amherst Pelham Education Association and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is prompting both sides to do outreach and make appeals to the community.The School Committee, in a letter sent...


Amherst Regional Middle School principal departing at year’s end
02-08-2023 7:39 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Diego Sharon, in his third year as principal at Amherst Regional Middle School, is leaving the position at the end of the school year.Superintendent Michael Morris told the Amherst Regional School Committee on Jan. 31 that Sharon is looking...


Diversity of staff in Amherst’s schools on the rise School staff behind 6-year initiative
02-08-2023 7:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A 6-year-old project to diversify the teaching staff in the Amherst and regional public schools to better match the racial makeup of the student body continues to yield results.At the Amherst Regional School Committee on Tuesday, members of...


Bill seeking ban on PFAS could affect regional high school track turf decision
02-01-2023 8:46 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Two bills focused on eliminating contamination from so-called forever chemicals, including legislation related to per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances in sludge and fertilizer filed by Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, could soon be making...


Fights down, vaping continues in Amherst Regional High’s bathrooms
01-27-2023 9:41 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As the number of fights between students in the bathrooms at Amherst Regional High School appears to be declining, school administrators report that vape detectors continue to show that the number of students vaping in the lavatories is not...


Amherst committee says track project can forge ahead, as booster organization continues fundraising
01-20-2023 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A $4.74 million project to rebuild and reorient the track at the Amherst Regional High School, installing a synthetic turf playing field in its interior, can move forward, even though community fundraising is short of the amount needed to...


Amherst schools may delay 6th grade move to middle school
01-20-2023 9:25 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Despite significant planning over the past two years to relocate sixth graders from the town’s elementary schools to the Amherst Regional Middle School this fall, district leaders are broaching the idea of delaying the move, possibly for...

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