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Mount Greylock Building Project Moving Quickly, Seeking Input
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:22AM / Thursday, April 30, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After years of waiting to get into the Massachusetts School Building Authority's system, the Mount Greylock building project is moving at high speed.   "The calender moves faster than a lot of us even realized," Building Committee co-Chairwoman Paula Consolini told the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday night.   "We will be undergoing an intense review of building improvement options in June and July. That includes a base repair, a renovation — which can be a part build or part destruction — and a new building.   "The preferred design approach, which includes a partial schematic, will be

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Lanesborough Selectmen Unhappy With Mount Greylock Budget Increases
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are not happy with Mount Greylock's decision to add $42,100 into the budget after the town conceded to a 3.3 percent assessment increase.   The Selectmen on Monday said they want to send a letter to school officials asking for that money to be withdrawn from the approved budget despite the town administrator's opinion that it isn't worth fighting over.   "We have to draw a line somewhere," said Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers.    Town Administrator Paul Sieloff first suggested giving the school a 1 percent increase in assessment, which was about $26,000.   However, school officials said

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Williams Hires Vice President of Diversity and Equity
01:55PM / Monday, April 27, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed Leticia Smith-Evans to the position of vice president for institutional diversity and equity. She will assume the position on July 1.

Smith-Evans brings considerable experience in working to expand diversity and equity in educational settings, including from her current position as interim director of the Education Practice of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. At the LDF, where she ha’s served since 2008, she has worked both on the ground level with communities around the country that want or need to change and on managing the education practice of an organization that has played a historic role in the

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Holds Public Workshop
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Monday, April 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Building Committee took input from community members at a public workshop on Thursday evening in the school's meeting room.   It was the latest in a series of meetings that the committee and its consultants have used to determine the priorities for the design of a renovated or rebuilt junior-senior high school.   "We've been getting the voices of all the various constituent groups — students, parents, teachers, community members and all the various experts in our community who can lend some insight and wisdom," Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald said. "One of the activities we did in the educational

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Lanesborough Elementary Principal Named
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02:09PM / Thursday, April 16, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Martin J. McEvoy Jr. has been named principal of Lanesborough Elementary School effective July 1, 2015.  

Gordon L. Noseworthy, interim superintendent of schools for the Mount Greylock Regional School District and Union 71  Superintendency Union announced the appointment on Thursday.

McEvoy is currently vice principal for curriculum and instruction at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School. The Pittsfield resident completed his  doctoral studies last year and received a doctor of education degree with a concentration in educational policy and leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate

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Williamstown Elementary School Candidates Make Their Case
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for two open seats on the School Committee had a chance to introduce themselves to the community on Tuesday in a public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.   Joseph Johnson, Dr. Catherine Keating and Tom Loughman each talked about their own experiences as parents of children at Williamstown Elementary School and what they saw as potential challenges to the single school district.   "One of the biggest reasons we chose Williamstown was because of the impression made by the elementary school," said Keating, who moved here with her family about three years ago. "We were immediately impressed with the staff, the

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Williamstown Forums Focus on Elections, Mount Greylock Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It is a busy week for public fora in the Village Beautiful.   Williamstown voters have three different events to follow over the next three nights, starting with Tuesday's candidates forum for three people looking to fill two seats on the Williamstown Elementary School Committee.   The League of Women Voters is hosting that event and one on Thursday for the four candidates vying for one open seat on the Board of Selectmen.   Both candidates forums are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall and will be telecast on the town's public access television station, WilliNet.   Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Mount Greylock Regional School

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Votes to Tap Building Renewal Fund
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Friday, April 10, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hot new technology and hot water were on the agenda for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee on Wednesday night.   The panel decided to make two building upgrades recommended by the disrict's building renewal committee: the replacement of 32-inch televisions with high-tech projectors and the installation of new controls on the school's boilers.   Both projects will be funded by the interest generated from a building renewal endowment created by Williams College at the time the school was built.   The endowment, which stands at $1.1 million, made $361,000 available to the district for the physical renewal of the building. Once a

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Pick: 'Commitment to Education' in Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, April 09, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The incoming superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown public schools liked what he saw on his visit to the Tri-District last month.   But the most lasting impression was what he heard.   "I was talking to my wife, and she reminded me that when I came back [from the March 24 interview), the thing I kept talking about was that everyone was talking about the students," Dias said in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening.   On Wednesday morning, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee unanimously approved Dias as the next superintendent of the Tri-District. On Monday, elementary school committee members of the Superintendency

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Mount Greylock Regional Hosts Wellness Fair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:31AM / Wednesday, April 08, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fresh fruits and vegetables were on the menu at Mount Greylock Regional School on Tuesday afternoon, but not the way you might think.   "This spaghetti squash is standing in for our bladder," explained Michael McGill of Karl Storz Endoscopy as he demonstrated an endoscope for a group of Mount Greylock seniors.   McGill was at the school as part of its Wellness Fair, and the bladder nee squash in question had the endoscope inserted to allow the kids to try their hand at operating the sophisticated fiber-optic device.   One-by-one, the students inserted the scope into a small hole in the side of the hollowed-out squash, looked at a

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