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Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses Reasons Behind 'Change Orders'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Friday, November 10, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee recently further clarified the concept of "change orders" that have begun to affect the building project's budget in a modest way.   At its most recent meeting, Building and School Committee member Al Terranova asked the district's owner's project manager to clarify the purpose of the orders.   "It doesn't mean we're expanding the project," Terranova said. "What we're doing is responding to recommendations from the contractor and the project manager and we have to make a decision on it to move forward.   "We're not making the rooms

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Gianna Fosty, Terra Lim, Jonathan Nondo, Marissa

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Mount Greylock Committee to Weigh Minor Changes to Regionalization Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:06AM / Thursday, November 02, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two weeks before it asks the town's voters to put it out of business, the Williamstown Elementary School Committee met Wednesday to review the budget and discuss two final changes to the regional agreement to be considered on Nov. 14.   That is the night the towns of Williamstown and Lanesborough will decide whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include the junior-senior high school's two feeder elementary schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough Elementary.   It is also the night when the three elected school committees in the two towns may begin the process of forming a transition committee that will direct the

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State OKs Language in Proposed Mount Greylock Regional Agreement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The state is satisfied, the school committees are united.   And the voters on Nov. 14 will have the final say on whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools. The final proposal (added Nov. 1) it is at the end of the article, here.   In a special single-item meeting on Wednesday evening, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously on amended language to the regional agreement that earlier Wednesday received its final blessing from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Lanesborough's Board of Selectmen on Monday is scheduled to finalize a warrant for

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Williamstown Selectmen Delay Recommendation on School Regionalization
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday finalized the warrant for a long-planned Nov. 14 special town meeting but deferred making a recommendation on what promises to be the meeting's most contested question until the night before.   That is because school officials in the so-called Tri-District are still waiting for a final draft of an amended regional agreement for the Mount Greylock Regional School District to come back with the approval of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   The Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary school committees' hoped to have DESE's final approval by last Friday

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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools.   But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.   The junior-senior high school committee convened for its monthly meeting with hopes of reviewing a final draft of a plan that has been in the works for years. But the draft currently is under review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Boston, which has the final say on the

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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