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Mount Greylock Debates Lanesborough School Union Vote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Saturday, October 25, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The wedge being driven between Williamstown's and Lanesborough's public schools may finally cause the split.

The Lanesborough School Committee is scheduled to vote on Wednesday whether to withdraw from the Superintendency Union 71 effective next June.

And it appears the commonwealth may approve of the dissolution effort.

The committee will also vote on speaking with other school districts about sharing a superintendent rather than joining with the Williamstown and Mount Greylock Regional districts to hire an interim.

As it has for much of the last 10 months, the continuing effort to break up SU71 overshadowed the business of the Mount Greylock

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Mount Greylock Committee Taking Up Delayed Superintendent Search
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:23PM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chairman of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee said she plans to discuss at Thursday night’s committee meeting whether the district and its partners should hire a recruiter to help with the search for a new superintendent.

Now that the Tri-District — a combination of Mount Greylock and Superintendency Union 71 — has decided to reopen its search in the spring, it may be time to bring in outside help to advertise the position to a broader pool of potential candidates, Carolyn Greene said on Thursday morning.

"Mostly it would be a matter of getting the word out far and wide," Greene said. "It would be going more

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Tri-District Search Committee Advises Interim Superintendent
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The school districts for Williamstown and Lanesborough won't have a permanent superintendent until at least July.   The superintendent search committee decided last week to recommend the district forgo its search for a replacement by Jan.1 for the retiring Rose Ellis.   The search committee was formed to sort applicants for recommendation after Ellis informed Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 she would retire at the end of the year.   "The pool was not as deep as we hoped," Regina DiLego, who serves on the search committee, told the Lanesborough School Committee on Wednesday. "In the interest of

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Williamstown Students Celebrate Power of Words
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11:43AM / Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Harry Potter and Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" made a surprise appearance at Williamstown Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

Actually, multiple Harrys and Dorothys joined countless other characters from beloved books as part of the costume parade as part of the school's annual Words Are Wonderful celebration of the power and magic of words.

The celebration kicked off last Friday with a school-wide trip to see Berkshire Theater Company's "Atlantis, Lost and Other Legends from the Strange Waves" at the '62 Center. It continued this week with community readers sharing stories with the students, as well as

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Former Senator Bill Bradley Shares Insights at Williams
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:08AM / Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley came to the Village Beautiful on Monday with a message of hope — for everything from the future of American politics to the woeful NBA franchise he once led to a world championship.

Bradley on Monday joined Williams College political science professor George Crane on the main stage of the '62 Center for an hourlong discussion that covered a wide range of topics and offered some anecdotes from the former senator and Rhodes Scholar's legendary careers in politics and sports.

On the latter, he offered a brief thought on the state of the New York Knicks. Specifically, he thinks his former teammate Phil Jackson has a plan

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BArT Students Get Lesson in Chocolate, Child Labor
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:28PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will sell Grenadian-produced chocolate to raise funds for special school events and to spread a message against child labor.

The organic "tree-to-bar" chocolate is produced by the Grenada Chocolate Co., a small company that fights against the child labor many of the other cocoa harvesters implement.

Edmond Brown, master chocolate maker and co-founder of the Grenada Chocolate Co., visited the school on Monday morning to show the students clips from a documentary made about the company called "Nothing Like Chocolate."

The company was founded in 1999 with the goal to "revolutionize" the

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'Milestone' for Mount Greylock School Project: Manager Selected
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, October 10, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Wednesday made its choice for an owner's project manager to help guide the district through the Massachusetts School Building Authority process.   The OPM is required by state law on all building projects estimated to cost $1.5 million or more. It provides advice to the district and oversight of the designer and general contractor if any ultimately is hired to repair, renovate or rebuild the junior-senior high school.   "This is very good news," Mount Greylock Superintendent Rose Ellis said about Wednesday's' vote. "We've been working on [the MSBA feasibility study]

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Search Progressing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:33PM / Thursday, October 09, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The search committee for the next superintendent of Williamstown's and Lanesborough's schools is staying on track with its timetable to replace the retiring Rose Ellis.

The chairman of the Lanesborough School Committee on Tuesday reported to her colleagues at a meeting of Superintendency Union 71 that the search committee is scheduled to meet on Oct. 15 to review applications for the post.   SU-71, a union of Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary schools, shares central administration staff, including the superintendent, with Mount Greylock Regional School in an arrangement referred to as the Tri-District.   The SU-71 Committee, a

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Mount Greylock Students Encouraged to Text Less
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Tuesday, October 07, 2014
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. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There may have been just a little more chatter in the hallways and cafeteria at Mount Greylock Regional School on Monday.   And that was a good thing.   Organizers of the school's inaugural TextLess Live More event hope Monday's kickoff will help students at the junior-senior high school realize that there is more to life than what fits in the palms of their hands.   "We're trying to give a reminder to live your life and don't spend it all on your phone," Mount Greylock senior Ian Brink said.   "Instead of that — have conversations with your friends," classmate Lucy Barrett said.

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Suspect Charged in MCLA Bomb Threat
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11:54AM / Tuesday, October 07, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A 21-year-old North Adams man has been charged in
Monday's bomb threat that caused a mass evacuation at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Jarrett Ferriter, whose address was given as the college's Berkshire Towers dormitory on Church Street, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning.

He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of willful communication of a bomb threat and willful and malicious communication of false information to a public safety department.

Judge Michael Ripps released Ferriter on $1,000 bail on the condition he abide by a 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew and stay away from the college campus

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