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Williamstown Finance Committee Hears from Mount Greylock Officials
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Friday, March 05, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is in a healthy financial position, but officials are wary of unknowns that could bring new challenges in fiscal 2022.   Those were two of the takeaways from a presentation to the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday.   Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Manager Joe Bergeron met virtually with the town panel — not to discuss specifics of the FY22 budget the district is formulating but to discuss some of the inputs that help build that budget.   Bergeron did not provide any specifics about the planned budget for the three-school district or its impact to property

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State Adding Teachers, School Staff to List Eligible to Receive Vaccine
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
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Today, I am directing every state to prioritize educators for vaccination. We want every educator, school staff member, and child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of this month.

It’s time to treat in-person learning like the essential service that it is.

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 2, 2021 GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Educators, early educators and school staff will be eligible to make appointments through the commonwealth's system to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday morning.   Making a stop at West Parish Elementary School, Baker said educators, who were next on the state's priority

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AG's Office Finds Mount Greylock School Committee Violated Open Meeting Law
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021
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BOSTON — The Attorney General's Office has determined that the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law in a July, 1, 2020, meeting about its plans to replace the district's superintendent.   An assistant attorney general in the AGO's Division of Open Government notified the district and iBerkshires.com of the complaint's resolution via email on Monday afternoon.   iBerkshires.com filed a complaint against the committee in July after it became apparent in an open session that the panel had discussed things in executive session that were beyond the stated purpose.   Through its attorney, Westfield's Dupere Law Offices,

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Pool Testing in Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Yields Negatives
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, February 26, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday completed a successful first week of pool testing for COVID-19 among its students and staff.   "It's amazing how empowering it is for a child to see they just did something with something the size of a Q-tip that has the power to determine if a virus is in them so they can take care of themselves and their family and their friends," Business Manager Joe Begeron told the School Committee on Thursday night. "Every student I saw today had a really positive experience, a really positive outlook for what this means."   Mount Greylock was one of the first districts to sign up and

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State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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BOSTON — Public school students are expected to be back in the classroom by April.    Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.    "There's no substitute for in-person learning, especially for kids in elementary school," the governor said at his daily briefing. "Our administration's been clear for months that the best place for kids is in the classroom and today Commissioner Riley started a process, working with the board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to get more kids back into the classroom full time by

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MCLA To Open Registration for Summer Sessions
04:01PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Registration for MCLA's three summer sessions will open March 1, 2021, and the majority of summer classes will be taught online this year.     Summer classes at MCLA offers summer classes for MCLA undergraduate and graduate students; students from other colleges; high school students; college graduates interested in Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Education (MEd) courses; or community members and others seeking courses.    Summer sessions schedule  Session A: May 24-July 2  Session B: June 21-July 30  Session C: July 6-August 13  MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

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IS183 Adjusting to Digital Platform, Welcomes New Faculty Artists
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Sunday, February 21, 2021
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Artist and speaker Pops Peterson, seen with students in this file photo, his hosting a scholarship fundraiser to help children attend IS183 Art School.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — A well-known Stockbridge art school quickly pivoted to digital learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with success and is now welcoming three new faculty artists to its talent pool.

"It's been full of changes, and full of innovation, and definitely challenges," Executive Director Lucie Castaldo said in regards to the historical year. "Virtual programming is going great, better than any of us expected because we really had no idea."

Since last April, IS183 Art School has had 648

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Williams College 2021 Faculty Lecture Series
04:37PM / Friday, February 19, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present its annual Faculty Lecture Series online, starting Feb. 25.    Lectures will be offered on Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. Zoom links are provided on the college's website at events.williams.edu. The lectures are free and open to the public.   Feb. 25, Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present "The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Hungry or Full."  March 4, Mike Glier, Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art, will discuss "Answer Music: Observation and Abstraction of the Living

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As Anticipated, Williams Sees Bump in COVID-19 Positive Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, February 19, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College saw the expected number of positive COVID-19 test results in its student population as it moved into the spring semester, officials said on Thursday.   Most of those positive tests were found among students before they returned to campus.   "We were kind of running three different [predictive] models, all using publicly available data sets," said Jason Rivera, the college's director of institutional research. "What it was doing was giving us a range of where we could possibly expect cases to go depending on how you want to plug in the numbers.   "As we got closer and closer to students arriving, we were

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Mount Greylock School Committee Focuses on Elementary Funding Requests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Monday, February 15, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District's two elementary schools want to overhaul their English language arts curriculum starting in the 2021-22 school year.   That was one of the budget priorities that the schools' principals shared with the School Committee on Thursday.   "The writing component is not strong at all, and the spelling part, the language acquisition is all over the place," Laneseborough Elementary Principal Nolan Pratt told the committee in its monthly virtual meeting.   Pratt and Williamstown Elementary School Principal Kristen Thompson laid out the priorities they developed along with their School Councils

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