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Williams College Class of 2021 to Arrive on Aug. 28
11:18AM / Friday, August 25, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 550 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2021 will arrive on campus on Aug. 28 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 advisors 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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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
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  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is just a blast," new Executive Director Jay White said. "It is not as good as being in the path of totality but just look around — they are just so excited."   White, a former astrophysics professor, shared his excitement with the school community and made sure each student and faculty member had a set of eclipse glasses to safely view the event.   The

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BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, August 13, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force assessed the fallout from its July 15 vote advocating a single school district for the county and discussed its strategy for explaining that recommendation to school officials, town officials and the public at large.   Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing educational opportunity and fiscal stability in a time of rising costs and declining populations county

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares
10:57AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. is heading one of the largest organized scientific expeditions to study the sun, and the sun's effects on Earth, at the eclipse.

"This summer's total solar eclipse is a bonanza for finding out more about how the sun shines," said Pasachoff, who will take advantage of his experience in observing eclipses, and organizing eclipse expeditions, by taking dozens of students and colleagues with him to Salem, Ore., for the event on Monday, Aug. 21.

"I've chosen the site because it is in the region with the most favorable cloudiness statistics for August, while still having the logistics

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
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01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017
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Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three possibilities on a large

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Max Price for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Friday, August 04, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Wednesday approved the guaranteed maximum price for the district's addition/renovation project.   As recommended by the School Building Committee at its July 13 meeting, the GMP is $52.3 million — a little less than the construction line item carried in the overall project budget.   "We've gotten to the point where [construction manager] Turner Construction was comfortable," SBC Chairman Mark Schiek told a special meeting of the School Committee. "They've bid everything. This includes all bid prices. It's no longer estimates.   "They feel comfortable

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Williams Bookstore is Williamstown's New 'Hangout'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:43PM / Thursday, August 03, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new Williams Bookstore was built with an eye toward drawing college students to the south end of Spring Street.   And non-students are very much part of the plan as well.   "I see this as a place for students," manager Richard Simpson said while showing off a second-floor conference room that overlooks the downtown commercial district. "Water Street Books was great, but we really only got students when they had to come in or when they needed something. Now, I'm hoping it's going to be a matter of, 'Hey, let's hang out at the bookstore.' "   From its outdoor seating area to its ample cushioned seats

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Lanesborough Raises Questions On School Regionalization Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The long-discussed vote on regionalization of the Lanesborough-Williamstown schools goes to the voters on Nov. 14.   The Board of Selectmen set that date for a special town meeting to handle the question of whether or not Williamstown and Lanesborough should join together with Mount Greylock Regional as a single K-12 regional school district. School officials have been talking about taking such a step for years and it is eyed to save both towns money and improve efficiency.   "Even though we have regionalization at the high school and the shared superintendency, we still have three separate school districts," Chris Dodig, a Lanesborough

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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The

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