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Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Picks Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Saturday, November 22, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Gordon Noseworthy of Northampton has been selected as the interim superintendent of Williamstown and Lanesborough schools.

The one-time interim Pittsfield superintendent was picked over two other candidates on Friday afternoon in a meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and Superintendency Union 71, a combination of Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

Noseworthy won out largely because committee members thought he had the political acumen to handle the contentious relationship between the rest of the Tri-District and the Lanesborough School Committee.

Together, Mount Greylock and SU71 form what is commonly referred to as the

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Mt. Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
07:30PM / Friday, November 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its First Quarter Honor Roll.

The school has a total enrollment of 553; 334 students made the Honor Roll.

Grade 12 - Hannah Backiel, Lucy Barrett, Rachyl Bazonski, Ryan Benoit, Jake Benzinger, Noelle Berry, Celia Bote, Ian Brink, Christina Butcher, Taylor Carlough, Liam Chenail, Nico Clarke, Emma Culver, Judah Devadoss, Miranda Dils, Kylie Fields, Jake Foehl, Joseph Gais, Laura Galib, Connor Hadley, Alexander Harrington, Zachary Harrington, Eric Hirsch, Matthew Hogan, Cole Hughes, Jonah Kelley, Jake Kobrin, Sam Kobrin, Amy Larabee, Samanatha MacWhinnie, David Majetich, Colby Masse, Stacey Neveu, William

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Lanesborough Education Research Committee Loses 3 Members
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Friday, November 21, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The committee looking at the town's options for educating its children finalized on Thursday the list of options it plans to study.

The Board of Selectmen convened the ad-hoc Regional School Options Research Committee this fall to look at possibilities after two members of the three-person Lanesborough School Committee pushed to withdraw from the superintendency union Lanesborough shares with Williamstown.

The board named nine residents to the research group, but three — including Lanesborough School Committee member Robert Barton and Mount Greylock School Committee member Richard Cohen — have chosen not to serve. Barton and Cohen each resigned

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Williamstown School Committee Preps for Superintendent Uncertainty
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:22AM / Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School Committee has set a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 24, but it hopes not to need it.   The committee at its monthly meeting last week discussed what would happen if the Tri-District partnership of Williamstown and Lanesborough public schools cannot agree on an interim superintendent when it meets on Friday afternoon at Mount Greylock Regional School.   "As a School Committee, we're part of a [superintendency] union, but there are a lot of things taking place that I'm concerned might put us at risk," School Committee member Richard Reynolds said in a meeting telecast on the town's community access

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Schools List Interim Leader Candidates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Friday, November 14, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School and its two feeder elementary schools will interview three candidates for the interim superintendent position it needs to fill by Jan. 1.

Representatives from the three school districts served by the Tri-District central administration met on Thursday morning at the junior-senior high school to discuss the interview process and decide on questions that will be asked.

The three finalists for the six-month position are John Burruto of Amherst, Gordon L. Noseworthy of Northampton and Donna Emily Moyer of Stockbridge.

Two of the three have experience in district administration and recent experience as interim superintendents —

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Lanesborough School Research Panel Makes Progress Despite Disputes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The research committee formed to look at school affiliations made progress in sorting out research topics Tuesday.

But continued bad blood between two members could threaten the committee's existence.

Town Administrator Paul Sieloff forewarned the nine members that if they did not cooperate, the Selectmen would disband the panel.   The committee, appointed by the Selectmen, first met last week.   Tuesday's meeting kicked off with an argument between Robert Barton and Rich Cohen. Barton threatened to resign and request the Selectmen disband the committee if Cohen wouldn't "back off."   Barton particularly cited an email

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Concert for Veterans
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders on Monday evening honored area veterans for their service and learned a lesson about the day celebrated in their honor.

"There's a difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day," explained American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James to the crowd gathered in the school's auditorium. "On Memorial Day, we celebrate those who perished in defense of our freedoms.

"Veterans Day, we celebrate all the veterans who served our country, no matter how small the task — from the cook to the first-line fighter."

More than two dozen area veterans, including two World War II veterans, were

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Lanesborough's School Study Panel Sets Timeline
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, November 06, 2014
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The nine-member ad hoc committee formed to investigate school administrative affiliations are hoping to have a report in six to eight weeks.   The committee met for the first time on Tuesday. The group is being asked by the Board of Selectmen to weigh the pros and cons of various superintendency options.   Currently, the Elementary School shares administrative staff with Mount Greylock Regional School and Williamstown Elementary School.   "They would love to have a unified set of proposals that is a win-win-win all around but that may not be possible. There may be a menu of options," said Town Administrator Paul Sieloff, who served as the

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Greene, Penner Win Mount Greylock School Committee Race
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:53PM / Tuesday, November 04, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters in Williamstown and Lanesborough voted Tuesday to return Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene to her seat on the committee.

Greene was one of three candidates vying for two of the Williamstown seats on the panel, which is elected by voters in both member towns of the junior-senior high school district.

Wendy Penner will join Greene on the committee after defeating Steven Miller in the race.

Greene was the top vote-getter in both towns, receiving 503 votes in Lanesborough and 1,752 in Williamstown for a total of 2,255.

Penner recevied 1,417 votes, and Miller received 1,238, a margin of 179.

Penner received a majority of votes

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Guest Column: Lanesborough Should Look to New School Partners
By Robert Barton, Guest Column
05:35PM / Monday, November 03, 2014
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At the Wednesday (Oct. 29) meeting of Lanesborough's Elementary School Committee there was heated discussion about changing the way the school purchases superintendency and related administrative services. A vote on this was tabled because two days earlier, the town's Board of Selectmen appointed a new committee to study and report back quickly on the town's broader school organization options.

I am a member of the Lanesborough School Committee and a longtime advocate for early-childhood education. Based on years of close observation, I believe that to sustain excellent education for our children that is affordable for the town, Lanesborough must move away from its two-town

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