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Lanesborough School Committee Delays Vote on Superintendency Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:56PM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday put off a decision on whether to end its affiliation with Williamstown Elementary School.

Robert Barton and James Moriarty, who forced a special meeting of the committee to vote on the dissolution of Superintendency Union 71, agreed to wait until a recently formed ad hoc town committee conducts its study of options for superintendency services for the pre-K through 6 district.

At a well-attended, 4 p.m. meeting of the three-person committee, at least eight residents commented from the microphone or their seats. All but one [the wife of a School Committee member] spoke in favor of maintaining the current arrangement in which

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Williams Dormitory Plan Part of Larger Renovation Project
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Williams College first opened its doors to students in 1793, only 65 boys were enrolled.

Now it has a diverse population of approximately 2,100 housed in dormitories and small houses around the campus.

Of the more than 30 student residences, West College, constructed in 1791-1793, is the oldest dormitory. Tyler Annex, built in 1972, is the newest.

Williams is planning to add its first new dormitory in 42 years and has selected Stetson Court for its location.

"We hope the new dorm will be completed in the fall of 2016," Frederick Puddester, Williams' vice president for finance administration and treasurer, said in a telephone

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Lanesborough Asked To Put Expanding School District To Town Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials want voters to decide if the regional school district should be expanded to include the elementary school.

Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene asked the Selectmen on Monday to put it on the town meeting agenda. The vote, if approved by both towns, would create one organization for both elementary schools and the high school.   "We need to let the voters decide," Greene said.   The high school is already one district with one budget and one school committee. The elementary schools operate on their own with their own committees, collective bargaining agreements and budgets. They share an

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Lanesborough Names 9-Member Panel To Look At School Affiliation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:38PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen appointed a nine-member committee to take a close look at school affiliation issues.   The Selectmen put together the committee in response to a request from School Committee member Robert Barton. Barton has been leading an effort to dissolve the town's agreement with Williamstown to share administrative services and pursue another affiliation.   The School Committee is scheduled to vote on withdrawing from the union on Wednesday but it is currently unknown if that will be approved by the state.   Meanwhile, Mount Greylock Regional High School officials are asking voters to expand the

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Mount Greylock Teacher Recognized for Excellence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:54AM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bob Thistle could be a prima donna.

As the curriculum leader of the math department at Mount Greylock Regional School, he could reserve the honors and Advanced Placement classes for himself

Instead, the veteran teacher has taught every class the high school has to offer and every level of student.

And that dedication to educating every child makes Thistle a leader, an example and a winner of the 2014 James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in education.

Thistle was presented the award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, on Sunday afternoon in a ceremony attended by his family, his colleagues, members of the Kapteyn family and a number of Thistle's students

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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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