Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening.
It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.
A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday gave a passing grade to the district's superintendent after his first year on the job.
On a vote of 4-2 (with one member absent), the committee rated Douglas Dias "proficient," the second highest of four possible grades in the rubric established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The potential grades include unsatisfactory, needs improvement, proficient and exemplary.
Mount Greylock Regional School has won its share of titles on the athletic field, and speed is always a factor.
It turns out speed also helps the Mounties exceed in their academic battles.
"I think we were one of the fastest teams," Aaron Kleiner said of the school's four-man team in public television's "As Schools Match Wits" competition.
Before Mount Greylock Regional School bid adieu to the the class of 2016, those grads had a chance to say goodbye to one of the school's most popular teachers.
Retiring physical education teacher and coach Raymond Miro was recognized by the graduating seniors as the school's Teacher of the Year during Saturday's commencement exercises.
Hannah P. Fein and Benjamin G. Hynes have been selected as the speakers at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation exercises on Saturday, June 4, at 5 p.m.
Rather than a valedictorian or salutatorian, the speakers are chosen by the faculty and the graduating class.
Not all the talk at last Tuesday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee focused on allegations of state law violations or rehashing of budget battles from the local elementary school.
Principal Mary MacDonald gave the committee a list of the colleges at which members of the class of 2016 have been accepted. Several members of the class have been accepted at multiple competitive colleges and universities, she said.
The politics of preschool officially graduated to high school on Tuesday night.
The Side-By-Side special education program at Williamstown Elementary School became a topic for discussion at the monthly meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.
The opening came when the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District's Director of Pupil Personnel Services gave the committee a periodic updates on the special education program at Mount Greylock.
A member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday lodged an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee's chairwoman and the chairs of the two elementary school committees that comprise the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District.
Richard Cohen alleges that Carolyn Greene, along with Williamstown School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger and Lanesborough School Committee Chairwoman Regina DiLego have been deliberating and taking action in secret meetings in violation of st
The team — eight high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors — met every Sunday afternoon preparing for the competition. Some weeks they were in the classroom giving or listening to presentations on water, soil, forestry, or wildlife. Other times, they were in the field studying anything from the trees at Hopkins Forest to the health of the stream at the base of Spring Street.
Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.
The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road.
The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.
Richard Locke got 20 parents of kindergarten students to sign a petition asking for two sections for the students when they enter first grade next year.
The class is expected to have 21 students all in a single class and the parents all asked the committee to open up a few more school choice slots and hire an additional teacher to have two, smaller classes. Locke handed that petition to the School Committee Tuesday after about a half dozen parents pleaded the case during the budget hearing.
The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday discussed an evolving fiscal 2017 budget.
As presented by Superintendent Douglas Dias and Principal Mary MacDonald, the budget includes a 3.91 percent increase over FY16, from $10.6 million to just less than $11 million.
Along with reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, students at Mount Greylock and Wahconah regional high schools this spring are going to focus on a fourth "r": the real world.
Earlier this month, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced 24 Financial Education Innovation Fund grants to schools around the commonwealth.
If voters on March 1 in Williamstown and March 15 in Lanesborough pass debt exclusion votes to allow the district to borrow the $31 million to $35 million local share of thee $64.8 million project, the first phase of renovation could start this August.
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 — a collaboration of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school districts — share a central administration.