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Lanesborough School To Consider Preschool Subsidy Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, February 10, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent Kimberly Grady is reinvigorating the idea of a sliding scale for preschool.   The School Committee on Thursday approved the pricing for the preschool programs, which Grady says is lower than many programs. But there are still other free programs. Grady hopes to one day move to a free program but for now, she is bringing back the conversation about providing subsidies for families who can't afford the full price.   The school used to have a sliding scale option but over time the entire program had grown to be more expensive than the income it was taking in. A proposal was floated to end the practice altogether but that faced

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MCLA to Present Student Leadership Conference
02:13PM / Wednesday, February 01, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present the 22nd annual Leadership Conference, "100 Yards of Leadership," on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center Gym, when MCLA will welcome AJ Adams, an award-winning speaker, author and entrepreneur, as the keynote speaker.

Registration for this event, open to college and high school students, will remain open through Thursday, Feb. 2. This event is free to all members of the MCLA community, and $40 for those from other campuses. The cost includes breakfast, lunch and a snack.

"This conference is a place where students – whether they are emerging leaders or

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Mount Greylock School Committee Funds Study of Regionalization Impact
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday decided to order an updated cost-benefit analysis of expanding the junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in its sending towns.

At its regular monthly meeting, the School Committee OKed a $5,000 study by the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools. It is the most tangible step to date in the district's revival of an initiative it put on the back-burner in 2014 after the district was invited to enter the Massachusetts School Building Authority's building program.

With the use of a regionalization study grant from the commonwealth, the district in 2013-14

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Williamstown School Committee Talks Special Education Collaboration
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:54AM / Saturday, January 28, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —  A collaborative agreement among North County school districts could save money and improve outcomes for special needs students throughout the district, an official working on the collaboration told the Williamstown  School Committee on Wednesday.

North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas said she'd seen the benefits of educational collaboratives when leading the public schools in the Worcester County town of Webster.

"I know from experience there that the services that could be provided to students through collaboratives provided tremendous cost savings to a district," Malkas said. "I recognized there was a

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Williamstown Elementary Faces Budget-Busting Hike in Costs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Friday, January 27, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee heard some sobering news about the prospects for the fiscal 2018 budget talks it will begin in earnest next month.   The K-6 district expects costs for the fiscal year to increase by about twice the funding increase historically offered by the town unless cuts are found.   "As a starting point for planning for FY18, we asked: What happens if we just keep level staffing from this year to next?" WES Committee Chairman and finance subcommittee member Joe Bergeron told his colleagues at Wednesday's monthly meeting. "The reality is we're just a hair shy of a 5 percent increase."   The town,

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