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Learning to be land stewards: Pioneer to make use of resources for environmental education
09-24-2023 11:46 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — With the most land of any school district in Massachusetts, this year the Pioneer Valley Regional School District is setting off on a long-term environmental and outdoor education initiative to make use of that natural resource.In...

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Town officials talk voting thresholds, term limits in Pioneer’s regional agreement
06-14-2024 2:02 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BERNARDSTON — As work continues on the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s district agreement, town officials in the three member towns are conducting their own review of the revisions at the same time.At the Bernardston Senior Center Thursday...


Pioneer eyes policy to curb student cellphone use
05-24-2024 4:06 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to curb student cellphone use, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee has put forward a draft policy prohibiting use of personal electronic devices during the school day.The school is joining others in...


‘Landmark’ contract brings significant pay bumps for Pioneer teachers
04-12-2024 2:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee and the teachers’ union have come to what the district describes as a “landmark” contract through fiscal year 2027.Beginning in fiscal year 2025, all teachers will see, at a...


Pioneer School Committee pauses talks on SRO until at least next budget cycle
03-25-2024 10:26 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Any discussions about the school resource officer position will have to wait at least until the next budget cycle, as the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee opted, by consensus, to not revisit the topic at this...


Pioneer’s proposed $16.9M budget heads to Annual Town Meetings
02-20-2024 1:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — After a brief discussion about administrator pay, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee approved a $16.94 million budget for fiscal year 2025 last week, thus sending it to the towns for approval at Annual Town...


Northfield Selectboard looks to restart talks on school resource officer with Pioneer
02-14-2024 10:19 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — More than six months after the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee unanimously declined to reinstate its school resource officer position, the Selectboard is signaling, by consensus, its desire to restart the...


Pioneer presents $16.9M budget for FY25
02-12-2024 11:18 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — As the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s proposed fiscal year 2025 budget takes shape, administrators are emphasizing they want to continue to make “big investments” in Pioneer’s students.Director of Finance and Operations Jordan...


Pioneer School Committee to pursue single-campus idea
01-26-2024 4:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — After a final facilities recommendation was shared with the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, the School Committee voted Thursday evening to move forward with pursuing the one-campus plan laid out by consulting company...


Six-town board votes to draft agreement for potential Pioneer, Gill-Montague school merger
01-05-2024 5:08 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Following a nearly unanimous vote, the Six Town Regionalization Planning Board will begin work on a regional agreement that would combine the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts.The 13-3 vote at the Jan. 3 meeting was only on...


Consultants recommend consolidation of Pioneer facilities, with full report coming in January
01-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — The consulting company working with the Pioneer Valley Regional School District to consider its facilities use recently presented a consolidation recommendation to the School Committee in anticipation of releasing a full report in...


Pioneer School Committee members express hesitation over merger prospect
11-20-2023 12:26 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Just days after more than 40 town officials, school representatives and other stakeholders convened to consider what regionalization of the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts might entail, the Pioneer School...


Six-town board shares costs of potential school district merger
11-15-2023 4:21 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — More than 40 officials, school representatives and other stakeholders from six towns convened Tuesday to consider what regionalization of the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts might entail, particularly in terms of...


Consultant shares Pioneer facilities planning update ahead of Thursday public forum
10-31-2023 12:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Ahead of this week’s second public forum on facilities planning, the consulting company leading the process briefed the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee on its initial survey data.At the School Committee’s Oct. 26...


Pioneer school district returning $740K to member towns
10-27-2023 3:46 PM

By MARY BYRNE

NORTHFIELD — After a review of four years worth of financial data for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, officials recommended Thursday that the district return $740,214 to its three member towns, decreasing the overall assessment compared...


Pioneer holds first community forum on facilities planning
09-19-2023 3:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Embarking on a visioning process of what the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s long-term future may look like, the district is inviting residents to examine how its buildings and grounds can adapt to a changing educational...


New Pioneer School Committee member aims to bolster teacher retention, improve meeting postings
09-17-2023 11:54 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — A longtime resident has stepped up to fill one of the longstanding vacancies on the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee.Silvia Cummings, 42, was appointed to the committee in August and will serve out the rest of a...


Increased rural school aid ‘a tremendous win,’ administrators and legislators say
08-18-2023 6:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Months after Gov. Maura Healey’s initial budget proposal showed a moderate increase to rural school aid, that line item has nearly tripled in the approved budget, in what area administrators say is a step in the right direction toward equitable...


Fifth graders help envision outdoor education at Bernardston Elementary
08-04-2023 4:25 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

BERNARDSTON — Bernardston Elementary School fifth graders put their thinking caps on to imagine a school campus with ziplining and parkour courses.The brainstorming marked the first step in retired Pioneer Valley Regional School teacher John Lepore’s...


Pioneer School Committee opts against school resource officer
07-26-2023 7:52 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — After taking the weekend to process community feedback, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee declined to reinstate its school resource officer position.In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the School Committee opted to...


Pioneer School Committee hears case for SRO, vote pushed to Tuesday
07-21-2023 2:25 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — A decision on whether the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will reinstate its school resource officer position will come Tuesday, as the School Committee ruminates on statements for and against the position from staff members and...

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