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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools.   But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.   The junior-senior high school committee convened for its monthly meeting with hopes of reviewing a final draft of a plan that has been in the works for years. But the draft currently is under review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Boston, which has the final say on the

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

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Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great cold-weather clothing, costume

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses How to Deal With Change Orders
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:03AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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The rounded exterior of the new cafeteria. The windows, which will face Mount Greylock to the east, will be up soon so interior work to continue through the winter. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee Thursday discussed its procedure for handling change orders during the busy construction months ahead.   That process changed a little this summer when the district’s construction manager, Turner Construction, gave the district a guaranteed maximum price for its portion of the $64.7 million addition/renovation project.   Prior to having the GMP, any change orders on the project — which broke ground in the summer of 2016

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Three MGRHS Seniors Named Commended Students
01:38PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Principal Mary MacDonald of Mount Greylock Regional High School has announced that Samuel B. Dils, Josephine C. Gollin and Madison A. VanDeurzen have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among

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Williamstown Selectman Presses for More Local Control in School Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the Board of Selectmen on Monday laid out his suggestions to strengthen local control over elementary schools in a proposed expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   After board heard a presentation from the chairman of Williamstown Elementary School Committee laying out the reasons why his panel is advocating for regional expansion and how the draft amendment would partition budgets for WES and Lanesborough Elementary School, Selectman Andrew Hogeland thanked the school official for his work but said it did not go far enough.   "My view so far is the mid-September draft doesn't do enough about local

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North County Joining 'Walk to School Day' on Oct. 4
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Monday, October 02, 2017
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A 'walking school bus' makes its way to Ciolegrove School in 2016.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you see large groups of children walking through town on Wednesday morning, don't panic.

No, not every school bus is broken. It's just "Walk to School Day" at the city of North Adams' three elementary schools as well as at Williamstown Elementary School. And so the students will be making their very own "walking school bus" to get to and from school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"International Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children,

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