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North Adams Team Wins 18th Annual Robotics Challenge
11:39AM / Monday, March 27, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — North Adams 4-H Students Winning at Technology (SWAT) defeated Herberg High Brain Power (HBP) from Herberg Middle School in Pittsfield, 79-65, in the finals to win the championship of "Animal Allies," the 18th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted Saturday, March 25, at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 26 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 180 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of missions involving hypothetical scenarios that focused on improving interactions between people and animals. The event was sponsored by Berkshire Community College and the

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Lanesborough Elementary Weighs New Tuition Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Saturday, March 25, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford.   In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary tuition rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.   "Any tuition agreement entered into by the Committee to accept non-resident students will be set at the rate of the most recent [Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] published per-pupil rate for Lanesborough Public Schools," the policy

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Williams Admits 1,253 Students for Class of 2021
12:15PM / Friday, March 24, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,253 applicants for the Class of 2021. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 8,593.

"This year's applicant pool was the largest and strongest in the college's history, which made rendering decisions particularly challenging," said Richard Nesbitt, director of admission. "We anticipate yielding a terrific and diverse class of powerful academics, curious problem-solvers, and engaged community members."

Of the admitted students, 95 are international students representing 47 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220

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Williamstown Fin Comm Pleased With School Budget Presentation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, March 23, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An appreciative Finance Committee on Wednesday heard an explanation of Williamstown Elementary School's proposed $6.8 million fiscal 2018 budget.   The K-6 school has a budget that calls for a 2.39 percent spending increase over this year but which calls for a 3.64 percent increase in funding from town property taxes.   After a 90-minute presentation from interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, Principal Joelle Brookner and members of the School Committee, the Fin Comm members in attendance appeared satisfied with the fiscal direction of the school.   "This was pleasant and very informative," Fin Comm member Daniel Gendron

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Williamstown School Committee Sends Fiscal 2018 Budget to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:21AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday voted to send the town a fiscal 2018 budget that raises overall spending at the K-6 school by 2.39 percent.   The appropriated portion of the budget — the part paid by local property taxes — is up by 3.64 percent according to the budget presented at a Tuesday public hearing and approved by a unanimous of the committee moments later.   "We're intentionally trying to make sure the overall budget doesn't increase [by more]," said School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron, who also serves on the panel's finance subcommittee. "We need to tuck more of the budget into the

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Grants to Support 'Served' Project at Williams College
12:19PM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has received two grants that will be used to support the creation and presentation of a 2018 dance project featuring workers from Williams College Dining Services.

A $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will be used to bring students and the Dining Services workers together in the creation and performance of a new work. Served will be a dance-theater merger based upon the movements of Dining Services workers, and will be performed by the workers themselves. Williams students will also help create a toolkit for other artists/presenters interested in using the Served process to create their own community-based

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Mount Greylock's Operating Budget Flat, Building Project Drives Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Monday, March 20, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School officials Wednesday trumpeted a fiscal 2018 budget proposal that shows no increase in member towns' appropriations related to the school's operating costs.   Williamstown and Lanesborough will be delivered higher assessments, but the increase is due entirely to the bond payment on the addition/renovation project approved in debt exclusion votes in both towns in early 2016.   On Wednesday night, the Mount Greylock School Committee held its public hearing on the FY18 budget.   The bad news is that the district is assessing Lanesborough at $3.2 million and Williamstown at $6.4 million.   The former

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