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Pine Cobble Alumnus Give Students DNA Lesson
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:59AM / Sunday, March 03, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Before Tyler DeWitt did a TED Talk, before he had a website and a YouTube channel, before he received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before he taught high school chemistry and biology in both the United States and South Korea, before he was a National Science Foundation fellow, he was just a student at Pine Cobble School.

On Feb. 27, DeWitt returned to the private school from which he graduated in 1997. It wasn't his first time back; he actually spoke at the school's commencement ceremony in 2013 and helped facilitate a STEAM summer camp session in 2018. And as often as he can, he comes back to Pine Cobble to

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BCC Announces Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Several Other New Hires
02:18PM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new director of Safety and Security and a new building maintenance supervisor II. It has also announced it has a new adjunct faculty fellow and interim dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Ellis Richardson has been hired as the new Director of Safety and Security. Richardson, a retired chief of police for the city of Hudson in New York, brings an extensive law enforcement background with a community-building mindset. He most recently worked as the Public Safety sergeant for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He attended University at Albany and received an associate's degree from Columbia-Greene

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Turf Field Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Thursday, February 28, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday moved forward a plan that could have an artificial turf athletic field in place at the middle-high school within a year.   By a vote of 6-0, the committee authorized expenditures not to exceed $158,000 for design documents and permitting services to begin an estimated $1.7 million project to install a multi-purpose turf field to the west of the school.   The panel first heard a report from the ad hoc committee of School Committee members, community representatives, faculty and students tasked with developing a plan to address deficiencies in the school's field.   The impetus is the recently

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Alumna Donates $5 Million To Support Teachers At Miss Hall's School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Theresa Thompson PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School will bolster its efforts to attract and retain faculty with the help of the largest single gift the school's ever received.   Theresa Thompson, who graduated from the all-girls school in 1964, donated $5 million with an eye toward retaining faculty who deliver innovative curriculum at the school.   "The gift is directed to supporting salaries ... the salaries are our largest expense and our most valuable asset," said Head of School Julia Heaton on Wednesday.    Heaton said the gift had been in the works for some time and is being celebrated this year to honor Thompson's 55th

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Mount Greylock School Committee Educated About Baseball Program Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, February 22, 2019
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School's athletic director last week appeared before the school committee to explain a program change that has riled some seventh-grade parents at the middle-high school.   Lindsey von Holtz laid out the reasoning behind a move announced in August to open the school's baseball program to students in eighth grade and up, rather than allowing seventh-graders, as was done the last few years.   Like other schools that have middle schoolers in the same building with high school students, Mount Greylock is allowed to open athletic opportunities to the younger grades according to the rules of the Massachusetts

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Mount Greylock Committee Finalizes Teacher Contracts, Talks Calendar Reorganization
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:50AM / Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday approved a three-year contract with the district's teachers union.   By a 6-0 vote, the committee voted to accept the terms of the contract that previously had been approved by the union, bringing to a close months of negotiation that included a brief work action by teachers at the start of the 2018-19 academic year.   "I want to quickly say thank you to the members of the negotiating committee who are here, to [former Mount Greylock School Committee member] Chris Dodig, who was here for many months prior and to the union who worked through the not the simplest negotiation in the

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Mount Greylock Gets Access to School's Auditorium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five months after it moved into the renovated Mount Greylock Regional School, the district has full access to the building.   Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady said Tuesday that the district has received a certificate of occupancy for the middle-high school, an approval that includes use of the school's auditorium.   The auditorium, which along with the gym was one of two public spaces remaining from the old Mount Greylock, has been off-limits to the school because of construction delays.   While the school opened for classes in September under a temporary certificate of occupancy, the auditorium remained closed.   At last

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McCann School Committee Endorses $9.6M Budget for Fiscal 2020
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday approved a straightforward budget that represents a 2.36 percent increase over this year.   The committee members had few questions about what Superintendent James Brosnan referred to as "vanilla" fiscal 2020 budget that will increase by $220,769.   "There are not a lot of frills or add-ons here. The increases are just a lot of things we don't have control over," School Committee member Daniel J. Maloney Jr. said. "We consider this a balanced budget that just really maintains. It does not move us forward a lot and it keeps us where we are."   The fiscal 2019 budget

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Mount Greylock Notifies Families of Missed Water Test
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:59AM / Monday, February 18, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A mistake by an environmental testing service at the Mount Greylock Regional School led the district to having to provide a notice to all of its families about the spring 2018 lapse in procedures.   At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady informed the committee of the omission in the campus's regular testing protocol for radium.   The error was discovered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which is requiring the district to distribute the notice, seen here.   Over the weekend, Grady sent the same notice by email to students' families.   Grady said the school's water

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College Notes: January, February & March 2019
04:53PM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Sports management majors Rachael Donahue of Pittsfield and Jacqueline Lemaire of North Adams were among 10 students from thewho spent part of their winter session in Australia. They are the first cohort to participate in the college's "J-Term" program of academic study and cultural experiences.   The students arrived in Sydney in time to take in the New Year's celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and returned to Springfield for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 14. The two-week course, "International Business in Asia Pacific," was delivered through Global Academic Ventures, a Sydney-based academic

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