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Mount Greylock Building Committee Clashes Over Permitting Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday debated how much the school district should pay in inspection fees for the addition/renovation project at the middle-high school.   The district has been carrying a $300,000 line item in the $65 million budget for "other project costs." Of that, about 24 percent, or $75,000, has been committed for moving costs.   Meanwhile, the town of Williamstown has notified the district that the project has run up more than $300,000 in permitting fees already, and with the major part of construction coming to an end, the town has asked the district to settle its accounts.   As

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Notes Excitement for New School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, August 20, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With the new school building and parking lot projects wrapping up, the old school coming down, the 12-month staff scattered and the negotiation with its unions ongoing, it has been a busy and, at times, stressful summer for the administration and governing bodies of the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   But in just a couple of weeks, the district gets back to business: educating the children from its member towns plus New Ashford and Hancock.   And for the middle and high school students, that means a whole new experience, which the School Building Committee took a few moments to celebrate at its Thursday meeting.   "There is a

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North Berkshire Youth Work Programs Recognize Graduates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:23PM / Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS,  Mass. — Timothy Durocher spent his summer helping update the city's employee handbook, fixing broken links throughout the city's website and doing research on potential hosts for a new website.    Durocher was one of 20 students who successfully completed this year's summer programs that brought young people into participating businesses and organizations to experience not only a work environment but tryout potential careers.    "Through our summer work experiences, we learned about the importance of having a solid work ethic, developed our foundational and employability skills and how to work as a professional in the

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BArT School 2018-2019 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 20. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

 

 

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley and the Adams Anthony Center are hosting a free Berkshire Jazz Day Camp this week.   Berkshire County music students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.   "I have always wanted to bring as much music and my experience as an artist back to the area," North Adams native and jazz trumpeter Richard Boulger said. "I always wanted to do that for years and years … and I always thought an opportunity like this would be great for the kids."   Boulger will bring with him a team of professional New York City

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Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:24AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a dozen high school seniors and recent graduates earned college credits this summer through the MCLA/BCC Summer Academy program.   Friends and family gathered for the graduation luncheon this past Friday in the Conte Federal Building to celebrate the students’ achievement over the monthlong program.    The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.   These credits can be transferred to any state-accredited

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McCann Tech Practical Nursing Program Switching to Day Courses
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, July 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's Practical Nursing Program will shift from an evening program to a day program.   McCann will be making some changes this upcoming semester to better fit the schedules of students.   "I think it is a good change and a good opportunity to look at the entire program and make some changes," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "It opens it up and more students will be able to apply for the program."   When the program was restarted in 2004, the Advisory Committee recommended that courses be held during the evening to accommodate working students who may only be available at that time but this has changed,

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Local Student Represents Massachusetts at American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation
01:29PM / Friday, July 27, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Karen Magnusdottir McComish of Williamstown is one of 100 young women selected to attend the 72ndAmerican Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation session July 21-28 in Washington, D.C.

As part of the premier ALA program, two outstanding high school seniors are selected to represent their respective state as "senators" at ALA Girls Nation after participating in one of 50 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country. ALA Girls Nation is a seven-day leadership conference that provides aspiring young women leaders with practical insight into how the federal government operates, instills a sense of pride in our country, and promotes youth civic engagement.

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:18PM / Friday, July 27, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 42 local students were among the 131 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended May 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Gabrielle Hinkley, Dalton; Emily Hunter, West

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Mount Greylock Committee Settles on Direction for District Office, Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:14PM / Saturday, July 21, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee on Wednesday decided to proceed with a phased approach to addressing the capital needs that the district has long planned to address with part of a $5 million gift from Williams College.   In a special meeting at Town Hall, four members of the seven-person panel voted unanimously to move forward with a plan to use just less than half the gift to build a multi-use building on the Mount Greylock campus.   District officials plan to hold $1.5 million of the gift in reserve, where it will remain as part of the college's endowment and earn interest that the district can apply to future building

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