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Mount Greylock School Community Adjusts to Campus Under Construction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:19AM / Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On a clear day, from the Mount Greylock Regional School parking lot, you can just make out the scaffolding surrounding the War Memorial at the summit of the school's namesake.   There is no missing the evidence of the two-year construction project under way at the junior-senior high school.   Nevertheless, school officials and local law enforcement were on hand Tuesday morning to greet motorists on the first day of school.   The authorities wanted to make sure that people parking for the day or dropping off students were aware of the slightly altered traffic flow necessitated by the renovation and addition project at Mount

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MCLA Starts Off Semester With New Leader, More Students & $2M Grant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is starting of the 2016 fall semester in a good place.

For the first time in two years, it has a permanent president at the helm, enrollment is up and it was just awarded $2 million to help it keep doing what it's been doing so well: retaining and graduating its low-income and students of color.

President James F. "Jaimie" Birge announced at Tuesday's traditional convocation breakfast that the college was told last week it would receive a $2.177 million federal "Strengthening Institutions Program" grant.

"Last week, the U.S. Department of Education recognized MCLA as one of only 13

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Williamstown Elementary Welcomes New Faces for School Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Saturday, September 03, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the School Committee held its second meeting in the month of August, Williamstown Elementary School's principal reminded the committee members they're not the only ones devoting time to the school in the "off season."

"People think that summer comes and teachers go on vacation, and it's just not true," Brookner said. "I've seen everybody. Some days, I want to say, 'What are you doing here? Go home.'

"But the classrooms are already looking beautiful. People are really excited about new ideas. It's a yearlong commitment from our teachers."

The WES faculty and staff officially reported for duties

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Williams College Students Cleanup, Paint Up in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Friday, September 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At Hillside Cemetery, William College students set to work straightening out gravestones and scrubbing them clean.

On Main Street, they were painting the vintage-looking light poles shiny black and a crosswalk in bright colors. Still more were over at Christopher Columbus Drive clearing brush around the Hoosic River.

The green T-shirt clad students on Friday morning were participating in the Leading Mind program, one of a half-dozen "EphVentures" designed to introduce the class of 2020 to the bucolic Williamstown college and the Northern Berkshires.

"We welcome all these students to Williamstown and we call it the Purple Bubble," said

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Mount Greylock Committee Declines Chair's Request to Step Down
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Friday, September 02, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Wednesday declined a request from its chairman to allow her to step down from the position.   Carolyn Greene asked her colleagues for a vote to replace her as chair with two months left before the panel's regular November reorganization, citing the personal toll of several months of in-fighting on the committee.   "For the past several months, we have experienced a level of contention at meetings and over emails that I have not been able to resolve," Greene said, reading from a prepared statement. "It has been an enormously draining and time-consuming process, and it's taken

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Williamstown-Lanesborough School Bus Routes 2016
06:38PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The following school bus routes are for Mount Greylock Regional for the 2016-17 school year.

School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Mount Greylock and Williamstown; school opens Thursday, Sept. 1, for Lanesborough Elementary. The elementary routes will be added as available.

 



Routes listed are morning runs; unless otherwise indicated, they are reversed in the afternoon.

Students are dismissed at 2:25 p.m.; buses leave at 2:30



6:40      Balance Rock at Ore Bed Road
6:40      Balance Rock at Park Drive
6:43      Balance Rock at Potter Mountain
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Williamstown Elementary Challenged Again on Preschool Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:43PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School officials on Monday continued to face questions about their decision to restructure the school's special education program.   The fiscal 2017 budget season was marked by strong criticism of and confusion about the district's decision to eliminate a full-day program from Side-by-Side, a preschool program intended to address special needs students.   The debate continued on Monday at a special School Committee meeting.   Although Side-by-Side was not on the committee's agenda, two of the most outspoken critics of last spring's decision took the opportunity to raise the issue during the

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North Berkshire Goes Back to School
02:37PM / Monday, August 29, 2016
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School bus routes will be added in and linked to as they are submitted. Lunch menus can be found here.
 


School opens Wednesday, Aug. 31


School opens Monday, Aug. 22

School begins Friday, Sept. 2

School begins Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Tuesday, Sept. 6


School opens Thursday, Sept. 1
Bus Routes


School opens Thursday, Sept. 1
Bus Routes

 

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Williams College Class of 2020 to Arrive on Aug. 29
11:30AM / Friday, August 26, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 552 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2020 will arrive on campus on Aug. 29 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and get to know the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program designed to enhance

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Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bus routes can't be much more efficient than they are now, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school.   Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and could not find a way to truly reduce the time students spend riding. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.   "We want to see if we can reduce the time students spend on the bus to and from school," McEvoy said of his trip, which included using Map

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