September 24, 2021
MTRSD hosts Rural Roundtable event to discuss rural school challenges
Banding together, the districts highlighted issues relative to the high costs of educating students in small and rural communities including inherent inequities in foundation funding and Chapter 70 aid, transportation, and special education. Members from the state legislature listened to constituents as they shared their stories and prospective solutions to these issues.
- Sen. Adam Hinds
- Rep. Natalie Blais
- Sen. Jo Commerford
- Sen. Jason Lewis
- Rep. Paul Mark
- Rural Commissioners: Ellen Holmes, Sharon Harrison, Todd Stewart, Lisa Battaglino
- Corey Testa, office representative from House Education Committee Chair Rep. Alice Peisch
- Rural School Commissioners Tom Moreau, Linda Dunlavy, Tom Matuszko, Sheila Muir
- Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
- Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools
School district representatives from:
- Mohawk Trail Regional School District
- Athol Royalston Regional School District
- Erving School Union 28
- Gateway Regional
- Gill-Montague Regional School District
- Hampshire Regional School District
- Hatfield Public Schools
- North Brookfield Public Schools
- Ralph C. Mahar School District
- Ware Public Schools
To read more about the event, check out the article in the Recorder: https://www.recorder.com/Roundtable-emphasizes-funding-difficulties-for-area-s-rural-schools-42649893
Be sure to check out our Vimeo channel (www.vimeo.com/mtrsd) next week where you'll be able to rewatch portions of the event.
**Thank you to our incredible student ambassadors who helped to greet and welcome our Roundtable guests to MTRS: Jeffrey Buck, Lola Hoffenberg, Lizzy Lynch, Sean O'Dea, Catie Silva, Emily Silva, and Erica Szewczyk.**
click here to go to the article in the Greenfield Recorder
AP computer science students learn coding
Sanderson Academy hosts Local Goods fundraiser
MTRSD community - Did you know you can help support local artisans and vendors AND our school simply by ordering through our Local Goods catalog? Check out the variety of products offered this year! Visit the Sanderson Academy webpage (sanderson.mohawktrailschools.org) and click on HELPFUL LINKS to access the full catalog and order forms. When you purchase items through Local Goods, you help to support our school!
Deadline for ordering is Friday, October 8. Distribution day/order pick ups: Saturday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sanderson Academy
Local volunteers build picnic tables for Buckland-Shelburne Elementary
Colrain students enjoy time outdoors
Colrain bottle and can drive
Mark your calendars for Oct. 2!
The SEPAC is a self-governing body (creates its own by-laws and operational procedures) and is open to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. All are welcome.