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Amherst School Committee postpones moving sixth graders to middle school until at least 2025
02-19-2023 7:00 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
02-16-2023 3:52 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 regional schools’ budget limit could cut 15 positions
02-15-2023 5:51 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 officials, educators stuck in contract talks
02-06-2023 8:23 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...


Bill to ban PFAS could affect Amherst Regional High School track turf decision
02-01-2023 8:31 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...


Amherst Regional Middle School principal departing at year’s end
02-01-2023 4:57 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 Tuesday that Sharon is looking...


Diversity of staff in Amherst’s schools on the rise
01-23-2023 2:20 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...


Fights down, vaping continues in Amherst Regional High’s bathrooms
01-22-2023 9:05 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...


Shutesbury to take up 5 articles at Thursday’s special TM, including dealing with chemical contaminants near fire station
01-17-2023 12:17 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — Continuing to address chemical contaminants found in wells near the fire station, adjusting the town’s zoning bylaws to allow battery storage with solar arrays, and permanently protecting land on Pelham Hill Road will be considered by...


Amherst committee says track project can forge ahead, as booster organization continues fundraising
01-13-2023 9:30 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
01-11-2023 5:53 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...


Which way to Ripton? Historical Commission eyes preservation of iconic guideboard in Shutesbury
01-04-2023 7:59 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — For close to 200 years, a guideboard on the town green in Shutesbury center has provided travelers a sense of direction and their distance from communities both near and far.Whether it be the 17 miles west to Northampton, the 40 miles...


Shutesbury Select Board gives police OK to continue to offer graffiti workshops for teens
01-03-2023 5:36 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

SHUTESBURY — As a way to address incidents of graffiti in Shutesbury last summer, Police Chief Kristin Burgess launched a community policing initiative for teenagers to participate in a graffiti art workshop with local artists.But getting participants...


Health board against artificial turf field at Amherst Regional
12-12-2022 2:38 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Citing its duty to protect public health and the environment, the Board of Health is recommending against using artificial turf in a planned overhaul of the track and field at Amherst Regional High School.The board voted 4-0 at its meeting...


School leaders revise math curriculum in Amherst
06-13-2022 2:06 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Adjustments to the mathematics curriculum in Amherst’s secondary schools aim to give all students an opportunity to succeed in the subject, and, should they choose, pursue more in-depth studies as high schoolers.During a Regional School...


Shutesbury designer brings vision and long view to laying out greenspace
09-09-2021 5:05 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

SHUTESBURY — Many of us find ourselves puzzling over what to do with a bare yard, or an outdoor space that doesn’t quite work, or even an established garden that has gone “meh.” We want to make a change, but we’re stuck. We might have too many ideas,...


Amherst Regional High School, middle school will have later start time
03-03-2021 8:43 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Students at Amherst Regional middle and high schools will begin their school days later in the mornings when the next school year begins in the fall, when most of them will return for in-person education for the first time since last March.A...


The kombucha craze: Bacteria brew seen as a tonic for intestinal health
07-25-2017 10:10 AM

By LISA SPEAR

Millions of bacteria line the inside of our guts. We have more bacteria in our bodies than cells, and these little critters are working to help us break down and digest the food we eat —  without them we wouldn’t be able to survive — so it would seem...


AG: Committee broke Open Meeting Law several times
05-05-2017 12:04 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee violated the state’s Open Meeting Law several times last summer during negotiations with former Superintendent Maria Geryk prior to her departure, the attorney general’s office said this week.In a...

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