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Williams Students Teach Biology in Elementary...

This month, fourth-graders in Lanesborough and Williamstown have traded in four square for Punnett squares. Genetics is just one of the lessons being taught by the nationally-recognized science program BioEyes, which returned this winter to Williamstown Elementary School and made its first stop... click for more

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Lanesborough Elementary Earns State Commendation...

The elementary school was one of just 45 schools in the state to receive commendations from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The state's 2015 accountability data gave the school scores of 98 out of a 100 in closing proficiency gaps for all Lanesborough Elementary... click for more

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Lanesborough Elementary Considering Opening 14...

Superintendent Douglas Dias is asking the School Committee to open up a total of 14 school choice spots for the upcoming year. "Where there is excessive space, we should open choice," Dias said. "Taking in students to a class that is half full doesn't add to the monetary weight." click for more

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McCandless Rebuts Critics To Start Budget Process

Superintendent Jason McCandless is kicking off the budget season by addressing three of the most criticized items: school choice, per-pupil expenditures, and teacher salaries. In comparing those items to other districts in the county, McCandless says Pittsfield is right in line, if not better,... click for more

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for...

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016. click for more

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MSBA OKs Mount Greylock Building Project Budget

As expected, the Massachusetts School Building Authority on Wednesday gave the green light for the Mount Greylock Regional School addition/renovation project. The MSBA Board of Directors unanimously approved a grant of $32,491,074 for the project, Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman... click for more

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Letter: Residents Should be Informed Before Mount...

Greetings. I have the privilege of serving on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. I attended the Lanesborough Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. I was heartened that the board allowed many audience members to speak, balancing the desire to hear our voices and move through a... click for more

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Lanesborough Sets Debt Exclusion Vote For High...

Voters will decide the fate of the Mount Greylock building project at the ballot on March 15. Despite being urged to hold the debt exclusion vote on March 1 in conjunction with the presidential primary, the Board of Selectmen Monday opted in a 2-1 vote to hold a completely separate election just... click for more

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Students, Officials Celebrate Opening of Colegrove...

The gymnasium at Colegrove Park Elementary School filled with a thunderous "Thank you" as more than 300 children voiced their appreciation of their new school. The moment came at the bidding of Jack McCarthy, executive director of Massachusetts School Building Authority, as a way to recognize a... click for more

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FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial...

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

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Clarksburg School Hoping for More Chromebooks

The School Committee was presented with the need for more Chromebooks for students as the school moves to a more online system. Graham Coterwas, IT director for the North Berkshire School Union, explained how the school has been moving to the cloud and using the Google document system for sharing projects and papers.

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District Creates...

The Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 on Tuesday approved the creation of an assistant superintendent position to replace the Tri-District's director of pupil personnel services. The Tri-District is the umbrella under which the regional junior-senior high school and SU-71 ó a collaboration of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school districts ó share a central administration.

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Williams Senior Named Schwarzman Scholar

The scholarship will fund a one-year masterís degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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Pittsfield Principals Present Budget Requests Part...

The principals in each of the city's 12 schools wants the most highly trained teachers and their students to be safe. But at what cost? During an all-day budget workshop on Wednesday the principals all presented what they think they'd need to most effectively operate their schools.

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Pittsfield Principals Present Budget Requests Part...

The School Committee heard from all 12 principals Wednesday about their wants in the upcoming budget during the daylong session. Williams Principal Lisa Buchinski was short staffed because of absences that day and couldn't find a substitute. Buchinski joined the chorus of principals asking for a permanent substitute teacher for their schools. Crosby Elementary Principal Donna Baker said there was a need for 291 substitutes last month but she could only get 209 shifts covered, a rate of 71 pe

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North Adams School Committee Approves...

The School Committee on Thursday took the first steps in finding a new superintendent by approving a search committee and job description. The city hopes to have a new superintendent of schools in place by July 1 to replace James Montepare, who is retiring after more than 40 years in the school system.

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Mt. Greylock School Committee OKs Debt...

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday evening voted unanimously to appropriate the debt to pay for the $64.8 million school building project. The vote sends the issue to the regional school district's member towns, which the committee hopes will hold a debt exclusion vote by mid-March

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Pittsfield School Committee Taps Yon, Elias For...

The School Committee will continue with the same leadership. The committee picked Katherine Yon to continue as the chair and Daniel Elias as vice chairman. Both served in those roles during the last two years.

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Pittsfield Principals Present Budget Requests Part...

"I believe we've dug ourselves in a hole that we can't dig ourselves out. These are the same things year after year." — Katherine Yon.

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Williams Announces Tenure for Four Faculty Members

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January and the promotions will take effect July 1 for Jacqueline Hidalgo, Latino/a studies and religion; Sarah Jacobson, economics; Luana Maroja, biology; and Will Olney, economics.

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CT Plunkett Repairs Underway; School Will Be Open...

Although a malfunction in a bathroom at C.T. Plunkett led to severe flooding in the building, administration anticipates all repairs will be completed before school tomorrow. Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Superintendent Kristen Gordon said a part in the second-floor boys bathroom blew out shortly before dismissal Thursday afternoon. "The water was unbelievable," Gordon said. "It was just a steady stream of water so the second floor was completely flooded. It went down to the firs

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Lanesborough Selectmen Approve New Survey On...

"It is a feeler. It is not going to mean anything. There will be a vote." — Henry "Hank" Sayers

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Montepare Retires in April; North Adams Searching...

Superintendent of Schools James Montepare will retire at the end of March after more than 40 years in the school district and a dozen as superintendent. School officials are planning an aggressive search for his replacement with hopes to have someone s

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Adams-Cheshire Elementary Schools Improving

"I know his schedule is tight, and I get it, but it was right across the street." — Kristen Gordon

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North Adams School Building Committee's Mission...

"It hasn't been easy at times and we had to make a lot of tough decisions." — Mayor Richard Alcombright.

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School Survey Debate Expands Across Lanesborough...

"The parameters are wide enough that that is a reasonable use of the funds." — Paul Sieloff

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OLLIís Winter Semester Begins Jan. 12

OLLI is a member-run organization that offers educational, social and volunteer opportunities designed especially by and for people over 50 years old, but anyone can join.

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Colegrove Park Elementary School Opens for the New...

"There's so much enthusiasm. ... It really feels like the first day of school." — Lindsay Osterhoudt

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"It's no longer rote memorization. It's teaching people how to think critically." — Corinne Case

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