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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...


Dr. Bert Fernandez: Why destroy forests for solar arrays?
08-21-2023 11:10 AM

After reading Dan Winslow’s guest column [“Wrongly blocking solar in Shutesbury,” Gazette, July 21], I felt compelled to write a response. The writer tried to convince us that we need to sacrifice our forests to create solar energy. He conveniently...


Guest columnist Amanda Alix: Spare forests when siting solar
08-21-2023 11:10 AM

By AMANDA ALIX

Dan Winslow’s melodramatic guest column for the Amherst Bulletin and Daily Hampshire Gazette casts Shutesbury as the villain and W.D. Cowls Inc., and Amp (now PureSky) Energy as the victims vis-a-vis the lawsuit filed by Cowls and Amp claiming 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...


Erin Jacque: Weakened conservation commissions put cities and towns at risk 
08-14-2023 7:23 PM

This summer the Pioneer Valley has seen the impacts of climate change in the form of significant amounts of precipitation. Wet conditions have impacted infrastructure like roads, and culverts, and has overwhelmed stormwater systems causing flooding in...


Guest columnist Jeff Lacy: Shutesbury obstructing solar projects?
08-02-2023 6:55 PM

By JEFF LACY

Dan Winslow’s hard swipe at my town [“Wrongly blocking solar in Shutesbury”] was featured prominently as a guest column in both the Recorder (July 21) and the Gazette the next day. He accuses the town of being intolerant of large-scale, ground-mounted...


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...


Shutesbury voters defeat proposal to ban public access at Lake Wyola Dam
06-21-2023 7:49 PM

By SHELBY BROCK

SHUTESBURY — By a vote of 40-37, residents at annual Town Meeting on June 3 narrowly shot down a bylaw that would have banned public access to the Lake Wyola Dam and institute fines for trespassers.Other topics on the 33-article warrant that merited...


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...


Guest columnist Jill Buchanan: Trying to muscle big solar into Shutesbury forestland
06-15-2023 10:48 AM

By JILL BUCHANAN

Massachusetts is moving faster than just about anywhere in the country to implement a clean energy economy, with the intention of adding as many as 2.5 million solar panels across the state in the next 20 years. While we need to act promptly, the...


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...


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,...


Shutesbury TM to consider green energy program, opposing artificial turf at ARHS track project at Saturday’s TM
06-01-2023 6:23 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Establishing community choice aggregation that could provide residents with more green-sourced electricity, opposing the use of artifical turf in the new track and field project at Amherst Regional High School and adopting a $6.91 million...


Susie Mosher: The demands of public service
05-30-2023 9:07 AM

Leave it to a long-time educational leader to turn a needed leave of absence for mental health reasons into a teachable moment. We must take care of ourselves in order to take care of others.Amherst School Superintendent Michael Morris’ decision to...


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...

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