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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Settles Tuition Rate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, March 02, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee is sticking with previous agreements when it comes to the tuition rate.   The committee agreed to set a split rate — $14,477 for New Ashford and Hancock students attending Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School and $17,314 for New Ashford students attending Lanesborough Elementary. Those figures are in line with votes the legacy school committees had adopted in prior years.   "Although it is not necessarily the norm, it is within our realm of possibilities to have two separate tuition rates," said Chairman Joe Bergeron.   It was four years ago when the Mount Greylock

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Budget Uncertainties Abound for Expanded Mount Greylock District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Subcommittee of Mount Greylock's Transition Committee sat down Tuesday with members of the finance committees in Williamstown and Lanesborough to explain how the school district's fiscal 2019 budget is being developed.   School officials showed how the formerly three independent schools are being brought into a single spending plan, how costs are are going to be allocated between the district's member towns and how the schools' expenses are being recoded to align with new nomenclature from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   They could not yet show hard numbers for what the district plans to

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Miss Hall’s School Presents 'Cry-Baby'
02:25PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for children.

Set in 1954 in Baltimore and fueled by rock and roll, this romantic

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BCC Workshops Focus on Small Business and Nonprofits
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's spring slate of workshops continue at its South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington with classes tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits.

Michael Cohen, marketing consultant, is offering a new workshop, "Human Marketing in the Digital Age," on Thursdays from March 1 to April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. New technologies have given consumers a platform for publishing, networking, and organizing. User-generated content and conversation are now driving public perception while empowering individuals and consumers. This has created unprecedented business opportunities for individuals (versus

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College Notes: February 2018
03:13PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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The trip was the culmination of a cross-cultural nursing course and required the participants to work in a hospital in Tanzania.  Aundrea Pansecchi of Adams, who is studying nursing at in Bennington, joined a other junior and senior students and faculty in early January to visit the country of Tanzania to experience health care and life in another culture.    The semester leading up to the trip was spent "book-learning" about politics, health care, government, agriculture, environment, social and lifestyle, culture, and religion in the East African country through the Cross-Cultural Nursing course taught by instructor Christa Berthiaume and Assistant Professor

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
01:45PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2018-19 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

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The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year-olds on Monday, March 5,

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Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships
12:50PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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Great gift

Southern Vermont College has received $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the bachelor of science in nursing program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program. Distribution of The Nicholas Donofrio Distinguished Nursing Scholarship funds will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

SVC's BSN program prepares

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 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

Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox; Olivia

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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project started back in November when Patenaude and Thomas found out that the curriculum was being

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform
01:57PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our

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