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Lanesborough School Committee's Barton Resigns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Citing distrust of the committee's chairman, a member of the Lanesborough School Committee on Tuesday morning tendered his resignation.

Robert Barton emailed Chairwoman Regina DiLego and town officials on Tuesday to announce that he plans to leave the three-person body and would "try to serve until May 5."

"Regina, last night's School Committee meeting was profoundly disturbing," Barton wrote, referring to the Monday meeting attended by just him and DiLego. "I have decided to resign as a member, rather than try to serve with members who are either not truthful or not reliable."

Reached at his home late Tuesday evening,

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Lanesborough School Committee Chair Rejects Call to Resign
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The chairman of the Lanesborough School Committee on Monday refused to resign either her position for or her seat on the elected body in response to a complaint from another member of the committee.

The three-person committee has been at odds over the past year about budgets and the school's administration.

Committee member Robert Barton sent Chairwoman Regina DiLego a two-page letter dated Nov. 15 in which he outlined several alleged "inappropriate actions and erroneous public statements" over the past six months.   Specifically, Barton said DiLego "purposefully misled" voters about the Laneseborough Elementary School budget at

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Williams College Admits 244 to Class of 2019 in Early Decision Plan
12:13PM / Monday, December 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has offered admission to 244 students under its Early Decision plan.

The 112 women and 132 men will comprise 44 percent of the incoming Class of 2019, whose ultimate target size is 550.

Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, said 593 students applied under Early Decision, a 7 percent increase from last year.

“The increased size and especially strong academic quality of the applicant pool made for intense competition for spaces in the class,” he said.

The admitted students represent 198 secondary schools around the world. Thirty-three states are represented, with the largest numbers coming from New York (39), Massachusetts (33),

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Williams Awards Tenure to Five Professors
11:14AM / Monday, December 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote five faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2015, for Quamrul Ashraf, economics; Mea Cook, geosciences; Justin Crowe, political science; David Gürçay-Morris, theatre; and Nate Kornell, psychology.

Quamrul Ashraf, economics: Ashraf’s research focuses on topics in long-run economic growth and development, economic demography, and agent-based computational macroeconomics.

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks Back on Career
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fourteen years of leadership in Williamstown and Lanesborough public schools comes to end on Friday afternoon.

Tri-District Superintendent Rose Ellis, whose retirement becomes effective at the end of the year, is scheduled to work her final shift in the central administration office on Friday.

Ellis came to Williamstown to serve as superintendent of the elementary school district in 2000. In 2008, Williamstown joined with Lanesborough to form Superintendency Union 71. Two years later, SU71 joined with the Mount Greylock Regional School District to form the Tri-District partnership.

This week, she took a few minutes to talk with iBerkshires about her tenure.

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MCLA Honors Local High School Seniors Achievement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:49AM / Tuesday, December 09, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Monday acknowledged Berkshire County seniors who received state scholarships.

Some 45 students were expected to attend from Drury, McCann, Berkshire Arts and Technology, Lee, Mount Greylock, Pittsfield High, Taconic, and Wahconah. They and family members filled the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on Monday night to be recognized for qualifying for a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students who scored in the top 25 percent of their district on their 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests. It provides free tuition to any state school in the

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MCLA Receives Additional 'Improving Teacher Quality' Grant
12:47PM / Monday, December 08, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) program, has received additional funding for the 2014-15 academic year from the commonwealth’s Department of Higher Education.

In addition to MCLA, the Berkshire Early Learning Lab ITQ program – a United States Department of Education-funded formula grant, also known as Title II Part A – includes the North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Regional and Northern Berkshire School Union school districts, Child Care of the Berkshires, Berkshire Head Start, the Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass

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Williamstown Schools Agree to Contract With Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Sunday, December 07, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown and Lanesborough public schools have an interim superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent Rose Ellis.

But the expected final decision did not come without a little bit of drama.

Committee members of the Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71, which share central administration, met on Friday at the junior-senior high school to finalize the contract with Gordon Noseworthy.

After a brief executive session to discuss terms of the agreement, the committees reconvened in open session to vote approval of the contract.

The four Mount Greylock Regional School Committee members in attendance voted in favor.

Just

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Drury Casts a Wider Net For 'Music Man' Production
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:15AM / Wednesday, December 03, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When is a high school musical performance not just a regular high school musical performance?

When it's Drury High School's presentation of "The Music Man," stage directed by a student from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, assisted with costumes and props by North Adams City Hall, and joined on stage by six North Adams elementary school students and other Drury students not typically affiliated with the theater department, like the school's marching band.

"We tried a new initiative this year," Kate Caton, the director of newly renamed Drury Stage Company, which has replaced the former Drury Drama Team.

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Berkshire Arts & Tech School Celebrates Successes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:26PM / Monday, November 24, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — At BArT, the growth on the outside is only the tip of the iceberg.

The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School is understandably excited about the building expansion that will give the 10-year-old Grades 6-12 school a dedicated gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium.

But the new infrastructure is just a means to an end.

The growth that matters is seen in student body. And that is the expansion the school celebrated on Friday morning at its fifth annual Fall Breakfast.

"We've had many years of very high growth levels," Principal April West told a crowd of supporters gathered in the soon-to-be retired "cafegymatorium."

"But bred

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