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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on

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Mount Greylock School Committee Member Charges Open Meeting Violation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:49PM / Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday lodged an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee's chairwoman and the chairs of the two elementary school committees that comprise the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District.

Richard Cohen alleges that Carolyn Greene, along with Williamstown School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger and Lanesborough School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego have been deliberating and taking action in secret meetings in violation of state law.

Among other things, Cohen's complaint alleges that the trio usurped the authority of an established Tri-District subcommittee, but a careful reading of

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Mt. Greylock Students Win Fourth in First Envirothon Appearance
By Julia Munemo, Williams College
01:14PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Jeffrey Rubel helped a team of Mount Greylock students take fourth place statewide in their first-ever appearance at Envirothon.

On May 12, the students competed in a statewide environmental science competition called Envirothon. The event, which takes place at Hopkinton State Park in eastern Massachusetts, brings teams from across the state to an outdoor, hands-on competition. Winning teams from each state will compete in Ontario in July at the North American Envirothon. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Rubel, a geosciences major, organized the team through his work at the Williams Center at Mount Greylock. He has coached

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes School Budget With Protest Cut
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:53PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday night approved the elementary school's requested fiscal 2017 budget — after cutting it by a symbolic $27.

There had been concerns that the $6 million budget would be "held hostage" by constituents angry at the reductions made to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. But opponents expressed their displeasure with an amendment that cut the school's funding by $1 for every year that Side-By-Side has existed.

"It's not in keeping with the values of this community that we have held for the past 27 years," said Sam Crane, a former member of the School Committee, in making

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Williamstown School Budget Aims to Rebuild Reserve
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, May 16, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee is seeking a 6.35 percent increase in the town's contribution to an fiscal 2017 budget that only increases 3.33 percent from FY16.

The difference: a choice the district has made about how to use School Choice revenue.   First-year Superintendent Doug Dias made it clear from Day 1 of the budget process that he wants to end the district's unsustainable practice of relying on School Choice revenue for operating expenses.   School choice money — the funds received from out-of-district pupils who attend the K-6 school — and grants combine to make what is known as non-appropriated revenue.   Most of

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Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree Hotter'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning.

And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement.

"You will leave this room one degree hotter, you will be leaving this room with the knowledge and skills to face any obstacle thrown your way," Kelsey McGonigle, president of the class of 2016, told the packed gymnasium. "Have confidence in what you've learned here."

Only about a third of Americans obtain four-year

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McCann School Says Farewell to Longtime Member
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Friday, May 13, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr.

The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state House of Representatives, a plaque from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and, perhaps more pointedly, a SkillsUSA medal and T-shirt from the students.

"Being on this committee ... it lived up to every expectation I ever had," Gazzaniga said. "To be associated with this school, these students, this School Committee, has been absolutely

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Williamstown School Committee OKs Third Half-Day Preschool Section
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, May 12, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to add a third half-day session to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program.

In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to ask the town for an additional $58,424 on the budget it approved earlier this spring. The school is seeking about $6.14 million from the town for fiscal 2017, a 6.35 percent increase over this year.

The increased appropriation would cover increased salary and benefits for a half-time teacher and half-time paraprofessional and the reinstatement of the mid-day bus, which was previously excised from the budget.

As has been the pattern for several months, the

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Williamstown Elementary PTO to Hold Used Clothing Sale Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:52AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 10th annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO used clothing sale benefits the elementary school but offers merchandise for kids of all ages.

“We do have a lot of junior high- and high school-sized clothes,” organizer Cecilia Hirsch said last week. “I think people think that we don’t. They think it’s just elementary school-sized things. But we have donations from families whose children are at the high school. We do have those size 18s and stuff.

“People do come from far and wide to donate, and they’ve made it a regular part of their routine. There are people who don’t bring their kids’ clothes anywhere

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Seeks Public Input by Thursday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There still is time to make suggestions about the details of the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   There just is not much time.   The School Building Committee meets again on Thursday at the junior-senior high school and will continue to work on the finer points of design with its architectural team.   In order to inform that discussion and the conversations of the project's various "working groups," the committee has a survey going to solicit ideas from the community.   The committee encourages residents of Lanesborough and Williamstown to chime in with ideas about all areas of the addition/renovation

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