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Clarksburg School OKs 'Blizzard Bags' to Case of...

School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track. The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days. click for more

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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused...

Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School. click for more

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions...

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... click for more

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Drury Class of 1957 Gifts Oil Painting to...

The painting and a plaque noting Cirone's career will be installed above the elevator as you walk into the two-story lobby. The class was also offered tours of both the new and old Drury (Colegrove Park Elementary School) and were to celebrate their reunion at the Stamford (Vt.) Valley Golf... click for more

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Adams-Cheshire Moving Away From 'Tracked Class'...

Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the district has broken away from the idea of keeping classes homogeneous and now will now bring children of different capabilities together in Grades 4-7. click for more

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits. click for more

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Adams Allocates Funds To Fix CT Plunkett Roof

he Finance Committee approved a $33,000 reserve fund transfer that would square off the $198,000 needed to repair the CT Plunkett boiler room roof. After the Selectmen approved the reserve fund transfer Wednesday, the Finance Committee made their vote Thursday to add $33,000 to the funds already... click for more

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Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster...

It started as a simple homework assignment. Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?" click for more

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Federal Grant Awarded To Bolster Local Arts...

The U.S. Department of Education is helping to strengthen ties between area educators and cultural institutions. On Thursday, education leaders celebrated the reception of a $740,000 federal grant to support arts-integrated professional development for Berkshire County educators. click for more

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Cheshire May Not Be Able to Afford Reopening...

It would likely cost the town over $6 million to operate Cheshire Elementary School on their own, according to Town Administrator Mark Webber. On Tuesday, Webber told the Board of Selectmen that running the now-closed Cheshire Elementary school on their own may not be a possibility.

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Clarksburg Officials Accept Citizens' Petition for...

Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project. Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's...

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas.

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses How to...

The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee Thursday discussed its procedure for handling change orders during the busy construction months ahead. That process changed a little this summer when the district’s construction manager, Turner Construction, gave the district a guaranteed maximum price for its portion of the $64.7 million addition/renovation project.

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MCLA to Hold Fall Preview Days, Open House Events

According to Gina Puc, MCLA’s director of admission, Open Houses and Preview Days are convenient ways for prospective students to see the campus for the first time and to learn more about MCLA’s academic programs and campus life.

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Three MGRHS Seniors Named Commended Students

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

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Citizens Petition Filed to Revote Clarksburg...

The town is gearing up for a second special town meeting after more than 300 citizens signed a petition calling to revote the failed school project. The $19 million addition and renovation project failed by a single vote — 144-287 — at the special town meeting on Sept. 27. The authorization of the borrowing, of which $11.3 million would be reimbursed by the state but still hit homeowners with a $3.25 increase in the tax rate, required a two-thirds vote.

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Miss Hall's School Announces AP Scholars

The AP Scholar designation means that the students earned a 3 or better — using a 5-point grading system — on three or more of the rigorous AP Exams, which are administered in May. This year, 81 MHS students sat for 172 exams in 23 subject areas, and 92 percent of those exams earned qualifying scores, according to the College Board, which oversees the AP program.

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North Adams School Committee Member Objects to...

School Committee member Mark Moulton says he's been approached by nearly two dozen citizens critical about cellphone use and attire of students at Drury High School.

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Adams-Cheshire Enrollment Dropped by 98 Students

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is down 7 percent in enrollment. According to Oct. 1 preliminary enrollment numbers, the district dropped 98 students, from 1,318 down to 1,220. This year's enrollment numbers are down more than 300 since 2010.

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Williamstown Selectman Presses for More Local...

A member of the Board of Selectmen on Monday laid out his suggestions to strengthen local control over elementary schools in a proposed expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District.

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North County Joining 'Walk to School Day' on Oct....

"International Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, alleviating traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community, according to Amanda Chilson, the Mass in Motion coordinator for the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local...

Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.

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Clarksburg School Project Defeated by One Vote

An unprecedented special town meeting on the $19 million school project took a dramatic turn at the end when the vote was so close, town officials turned to legal experts for the solution. The answer: the article failed by one — one — vote.

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Adams-Cheshire Hiring Facilitator for Regional...

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee will hire a representative to facilitate the school district agreement amendment process.

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Clarksburg to Decide School Project Borrowing...

Voters will decide on Wednesday whether to move forward with a $19 million project to modernize the 50-year-old elementary school — and take on the 40 years of debt that go with it.

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Cheshire to See If Reopening School Possible

The town will seek more information on whether reopening Cheshire Elementary School is financially and logistically viable.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Weighs Field...

The committee agreed with its School Building Committee that a renovated parking lot should be kept in the project if contingency fees are available, and Greenfield architectural firm Jones-Whitsett presented options to redo the athletic fields at the school.

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Pine Cobble School Announces Assistant Head of...

Wootton joins Pine Cobble from University Prep School, an independent middle and high school in Seattle, where he has been a dean and a language training teacher since 2013.

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