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In wake of new data, district leaders speak to pay raises, training methods to retain educators
07-24-2024 2:38 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

Following an overall decline in teacher retention in 2023, Franklin County and North Quabbin school districts saw a mix of increased and decreased retention rates in the 2023-2024 school year, according to data from the state Department of Elementary...

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Athol Royalston Middle School term four honor roll
06-18-2024 11:41 AM

Fifth-grade gold honor rollAbigail Butler, Axel Calderon-Perez, benjamin Cameron, Natalia Campion, Camden DeStefano, Dominic Diaz, Dennis Estrada, Klara Guilmette, Leighann Gunderman, Maya Hamilton, Kairi Hough, Randy Hough, Grace Kelley, Addison...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Finding the school stones
06-07-2024 2:00 PM

By Carla Charter“It is important to remember the beginnings of our educational system,” said Barbara Hanno, vice president of the Petersham Historical Society. In that spirit, Hanno is creating a booklet documenting the 13 markers of the town’s...


Franklin County Technical School prepares to launch aviation, veterinary programs
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School is on the cusp of completing two separate projects that will provide more opportunities for its students.The school has been working on both a veterinary center, which should be done before the end...


Small in numbers, large in spirit: Mahar graduates 56
06-03-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Seated at the 10-yard line of the James S. Woodward Athletic Complex, the members of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s perhaps smallest-ever class crossed into a different end zone of sorts on Friday evening.Fifty-six graduates moved their...


Athol High School graduates encouraged to “venture into the unknown"
06-02-2024 11:43 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Hundreds of friends and family members gathered Friday night on the grounds of the athletic field at Athol High School to wish the Class of 2024 well as they move on to the next phase of their lives. Skies were clear and blue and a fresh...


Following risk screening, Erving Elementary School implementing student mental health program
05-28-2024 2:39 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — After results from a recent survey showed that 7% of Erving students were in the “high risk” emotional category and another 32% were at “some risk” emotionally, Erving Elementary School is moving forward with a new student mental health...


Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud
05-22-2024 3:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional school committees obliged their town’s Selectboard on Monday by revisiting the budgets they’re proposing at the Annual Town Meeting but only Mahar voted to further trim costs as asked.Because...


Athol Royalston Middle School Honor Roll Term 3
05-10-2024 4:19 PM

Fifth Grade Gold Honor RollAbigail Bouchard, Natalia Campion, Camden Destefano, Colt Gallant, Klara Guilmette, Leighann Gunderman, Maya Hamilton, Grace Kelley, Luna Luna, Shania Luna, Brielle McCorquodale, Noah Porcal, Isabella Tarara, and Sabrina...


$700K debt exclusion would fund repairs to Raymond Hall
05-08-2024 4:41 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A last-minute addition has been made to the warrant for Royalston’s Annual Town Meeting seeking $700,000 through a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. The new article, authored by the town’s Building Committee, would pay for improvements to...


‘Arrive Alive’ shows Athol High School students the dangers of impaired driving
05-07-2024 4:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — As the school year winds down, Athol High School students got a realistic look at the dangers of impaired driving. “Arrive Alive” showed a mock two-car crash on Monday, with five Athol High School students portraying the drivers and...


Franklin Tech student welds ‘artistic’ bench for French King Bridge
04-30-2024 1:14 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Drawing inspiration from the French King Bridge, Franklin County Technical School senior Laynie Coates, 17, put her welding skills to the test.The result, a green bench with lettering that says “Gateway to the Mohawk Trail” and a bridge-like...


PHOTO: A valuable simulation
04-28-2024 5:00 PM


Parents question handling of threat at Erving Elementary School
04-24-2024 5:14 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ERVING — Following a report of a threat that involved an Erving Elementary School student, parents questioned the School Committee on Tuesday about what can be done in light of concerns over the administration’s response.According to a joint statement...


Athol Royalston School Committee approves budget on second attempt
04-23-2024 3:29 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It took two votes, but the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee approved an $32.1 million FY25 general budget for the district at its meeting on Monday, April 22.The final vote came after more than two hours of public comment and...


Spilka pledges ‘comprehensive climate bill’ in Senate
04-23-2024 3:22 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Signaling the potential for more change in the transportation and energy sectors, Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that the Senate plans to tackle a major climate bill before formal sessions come to a close in just over three...


With eye toward teaching firearm safety, Mahar’s Junior ROTC adding air rifles
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will participate in competitions with an air rifle aspect next year, though the program’s instructors are still waiting on air tanks, targets and other...


Director of Village School in Royalston steps down
04-15-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Village School Director Rise Richardson, who has been there since the doors opened in 1989, has announced she has stepped down from the position.Richardson has been the school’s director since 1994, and said she had decided that it was...


Families fume at Orange Elementary School Committee over LPN hire
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Community members on Monday expressed their disgust with the Orange Elementary School Committee over the hiring of unqualified man as Fisher Hill School’s licensed practical nurse.Robert Davis, who was employed from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28,...


School nurse resigns after Orange administrators discover lack of license
04-04-2024 12:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The man employed as a licensed practical nurse at Fisher Hill School from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28 did not have a proper license, a matter that is under investigation, according to the Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Union 73 school districts.Robert...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...

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