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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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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,

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Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.    On Thursday, Jobs with Justice held a forum to bring those issues to the forefront, hoping to build momentum behind solving the problems.   The

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Mount Greylock School Committee Weighs Field Improvements, Parking Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:25AM / Saturday, September 23, 2017
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee discussed two exterior improvements to the campus this week that it hopes to make in conjunction with the $64.7 million addition and renovation project under way at the junior-senior high school.   The committee agreed with its School Building Committee that a renovated parking lot should be kept in the project if contingency fees are available, and Greenfield architectural firm Jones-Whitsett presented options to redo the athletic fields at the school.   The parking lot question generated little comment on Tuesday from the members of the School Committee, two of whom serve on the building

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Pine Cobble School Announces Assistant Head of School
01:35PM / Friday, September 22, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— Devin Wootton has been hired as the assistant head of school at Pine Cobble School after a competitive nationwide search. He began work in August.

Wootton joins Pine Cobble from University Prep School, an independent middle and high school in Seattle, where he has been a dean and a language training teacher since 2013.

"I loved the challenge at University Prep," Wootton said. "It's a terrific school, with a robust curriculum and a bustling enrollment of 530 students over seven grades. But I missed the heart and soul of a school like Pine Cobble, where intellectual growth goes hand-in-hand with lessons about integrity, empathy and

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.   Like the committees at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the plan, which would partition K-6 funding apart from the shared operating expenses at the junior-senior high school and see each town pay for its own elementary school.   "As the working group members from the elementary school

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