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Mount Greylock Building Project May Take on Parking Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Thursday, April 27, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee learned Tuesday that it may have a major capital expenditure taken off its plate.   The chairman of the district's School Building Committee reported that because of cost savings realized to date in the $65 million addition/renovation project, he is hopeful that the building project will be able to add a badly needed parking lot resurfacing project back into the project.   Mark Schiek told the School Committee that he expects the SBC at next week's meeting to put the parking lot work out as an add/alternate.   That does not necessarily mean that the building project will cover the cost of the

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Mount Greylock School Looking For Regionalization Vote This Fall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Full regionalization of the Mount Greylock Regional School District is expected to go to a vote the fall.   Considerations of fully regionalizing the district have been ongoing since 2013 and are eyed to bring efficiency to the administration of the three separate school districts. Currently, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary make up a superintendency union that with Mount Greylock Regional School, are all separate entities sharing administration. The move would bring both elementary schools into the Mount Greylock district, creating a pre-K-12 district.   "Now we have this very cumbersome structure of shared services with

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BCC Students to be Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:42PM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. mdash; Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
01:17PM / Monday, April 24, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2017 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development to Adams-Cheshire, Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART), Lanesborough Elementary, McCann Technical, Mount Greylock Regional, North Adams and Williamstown Elementary. Each district will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

Adams-Cheshire will continue last year's efforts to transform C. T. Plunkett Elementary School into a full-service school, using the Olmsted Award to hire two consultants who will assist with the process. Citing Eric Jenson's book "Teaching with Poverty in Mind" as a guiding influence, the school will

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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017
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Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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Mount Greylock Counselor, Lanesborough School Committee Member Draws Fire Over Facebook Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mount Greylock Regional School guidance counselor and member of the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee said on Wednesday that he regretted a "crude joke" on social media that led to condemnation by alumni of the high school.   P.J. Pannesco said a single comment that was captured and distributed to members of the Mount Greylock School Committee was part of joking exchange between himself and a former student.   Commenting on a story about the potential of a North Korean nuclear strike on the West Coast of the United States, Pannesco wrote that such a possibility would be "good" and used an offensive term derived from

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Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship Applications Accepted
11:29PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250-$500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school’s

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Wiliams Junior Wins Truman Scholarship
10:27PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Anna DeLoi has been awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award given to college juniors demonstrating exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service.

DeLoi plans to pursue a joint degree through the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Master of Arts/Master of Public Policy (MA/MPP) program to prepare for running a community music education organization in an under-resourced, rural community.

DeLoi is one of 62 recipients chosen from an applicant pool of 768 from 315 colleges and universities. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 in support for graduate study, in addition to

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Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Who's up for a road trip this summer?

Maybe the entire fifth and sixth grades at Williamstown Elementary School, after hearing Williams College astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff tell them all about the rare solar eclipse set to take place on Aug. 21 from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina.

Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to Williamstown Elementary on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said. But the "path of totality" — where the total eclipse will be

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Plunkett Students Learn STEM Skills In Explore! Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:29PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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General Dynamics engineer  ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 C.T. Plunkett School students in Grades 3-5 were scattered throughout the school last week participating in STEM enrichment sessions.   Teacher Laura Scholz said the children have been staying after school over the past month to partake in seven different hands-on activities using science, technology, engineering and math through the Explore program.   "I think that if gives them another opportunity and a different way to learn," she said of the Explore! program, which also ran last year. "It's hands-on and it helps them apply what they learn during the day. They are getting to do things

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