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Mount Greylock to Again Take Up Regional Expansion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It will be RDAC redux for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   After a joint meeting Tuesday with members of the Lanesborough and Williamstown school committees, the Mount Greylock committee decided to reformulate a version of its Regional District Amendment Committee, known as RDAC and commonly pronounced "ReDAC."   The last RDAC was charged last year with developing a proposal to expand the two-town Mount Greylock school district to include both the junior-senior high school's "feeder" schools: Lanesborough and Williamstown.   The Mount Greylock School Committee put that effort on the backburner last fall after

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Retiring Dec. 31
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:19AM / Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three school committees that make up the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss their search for a new superintendent.

  That meeting took on a new sense of urgency on Monday when Superintendent Rose Ellis told the committees she will retire effective Dec. 31.   Ellis' retirement was announced to the public via a news release distributed on Tuesday morning. She notified members of the Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary school committees on Monday.   All three bodies already were scheduled to meet jointly on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Mount Greylock Regional School

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Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program Begins Fall Enrollment
02:31PM / Monday, August 18, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Enrollment is beginning at the Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program fall classes, which begin Sept. 8.

Free classes are offered for High School Equivalency Exam preparation (GED), Pre-College Skills, English for Speakers of other Languages and Basic Skills. New programs include Career Pathways; college and career readiness and Distance Learning; online High School Equivalency Exam preparation.

All classes, books and materials are free and are held in North Adams, Adams and Williamstown. For more information or to enroll, call 413-662-5314 or 413-662-5310.

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Village Ambulance, Williams Partner on Student Services
09:22AM / Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Village Ambulance Service has signed an agreement to provide Williams College with on-call transportation for its students to and from non-emergency medical appointments during the school term.

Williams will fund the new operation, including the acquisition of two new fully equipped, wheelchair-capable vans and the hiring of drivers.

"The closure earlier this year of North Adams Regional Hospital brought into sharp relief a growing challenge that the college had been faced with for some time – how best to respond to an accelerating need to provide non-emergent, health-care-related transportation for students," said Stephen Klass, Williams vice

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MCLA's Grant Reflects on Challenges, Opportunities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mary Grant will be here this fall to welcome the incoming class at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts — but she won't be there to bid the class of 2015 farewell.

Rather, Grant is saying her own farewells to the college community she has lead for the past dozen years. This coming January, she heads south to become chancellor of the University of North Carolina's Asheville campus. Grant replaces Anne Ponder, who is retiring after nine years as chancellor.

"I'm glad that I get to open up another semester, I'm glad that I get a chance to welcome another group of students to MCLA," the college's 11th president said on Tuesday.

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Williams College Math Professor Receives Teaching Award
03:38PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College professor of mathematics Satyan Devadoss has received the 2014 Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, bestowed by the Mathematical Association of America.

Devadoss specializes in algebraic and combinatorial structures in topology and geometry, and he’s particularly interested in computational geometric ideas such as cartography and origami and the visualization of information. He returns to campus this fall after a year spent as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Devadoss, who has taught at Williams for 13 years, gives much credit for his being honored to the professors who

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Community: Mary Grant Will Be Missed
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community reacted somberly to the news Friday that Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is leaving the school.

Grant is leaving MCLA to become the chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville. Grant became MCLA's 11th president when she arrived in 2002 and is responsible for expanding the school’s academics and infrastructure.  

 

"While I am sad to see her go, I am happy she has the chance to grow professionally and personally," Sen. Benjamin Downing said Friday.

Downing said Grant has set a "high bar" for whoever becomes the next president at

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Mary Grant Leaving MCLA for North Carolina Post
11:33AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — President Mary K. Grant, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 11th president and the first alumna to serve in that capacity, is leaving the college to become chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Dr. Grant. Under her leadership the College has flourished.  I am excited and happy about the many opportunities that the future holds for both the UNC Asheville and MCLA communities," Tyler Fairbank, chairman of MCLA's board of trustees, said.

Grant came to MCLA in 2002. Over the past 12 years, the college has expanded academic programming, technology, and

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Mount Greylock Invited to MSBA's Feasibility Stage
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The good news just keeps coming for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   Less than two months after the project's feasibility study was approved by both member towns, the district learned on Wednesday that the Massachusetts School Building Authority had officially invited Mount Greylock to launch the study.   "Yay!" School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene said when informed of the MSBA vote on Wednesday afternoon.   "It is a formality, but only in the sense that [MSBA] wants to make sure you have all your ducks in a row and are capable of completing the study."   The Mount Greylock Building

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Mount Greylock School Committee to Feature One November Race
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:24AM / Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There will be one race for the five Mount Greylock Regional School Committee seats on the November ballot.

There are two seats for Lanesborough residents and three for Williamstown residents to be decided when voters of the two towns go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.   Williamstown has two four-year seats on the ballot: those currently held by Chairwoman Carolyn Greene and David Langston.   Greene is standing for re-election, but Langston decided not to try for another term on the committee.   Voters will pick two names from among the threesome of Greene, Wendy Penner and Steve Miller for the four-year seats.   Penner is a longtime

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