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Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners

Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Approves Planning Documents

The latter administrative document, the Superintendent Goals, are part of the standard against which the committee will evaluate Superintendent Kimberley Grady's performance.

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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Decides on Plan for Permitting Fees

At issue was $154,426 in fees that the district accumulated for the town building department's inspections throughout the life of the $64 million addition/renovation project.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears MCAS Reports

Lanesborough Elementary School is the only one of the three Mount Greylock Regional School District schools that met its targets in the state evaluations released this fall.

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Mount Greylock School District Elects New School Committee

Conry was the top vote-getter among the three, collecting 1,788 nods from voters in Williamstown and Lanesborough. Regina DiLego finished second with 1,737. Michelle Johnson finished eight votes out of the money with 1,729 votes.

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Mount Greylock's Welch Awarded Kapteyn Teaching Prize

Welch, a popular teacher and for 19 years director of Mount Greylock's spring musical, was chosen from among the pool of public and private secondary teachers in Berkshire and Franklin Counties, the New York counties of Columbia and Dutchess, and Connecticut's Litchfield County.

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Three Vie for Two Seats on Mount Greylock School Committee

There are three candidates running for two four-year seats available to Lanesborough residents, creating the one contested race in the election.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears about School Improvement Plans

The Transition Committee, which governs the newly expanded region through the Nov. 6 election, at its October meeting heard presentations from the principals at Lanesborough Elementary, Williamstown Elementary and the middle-high school about each building's School Improvement Plan.

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Mount Greylock Committee Hears Concerns About Disparities at Elementary Schools

Mixed in with concerns about the ongoing labor strife in the newly expanded district were several comments about disparities between Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School, where, committee members were told, pupils do not have access to the same opportunities for music instruction and a currently unfilled library position is straining resources.

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Mount Greylock School Committee, Teachers Air Sides in Labor Dispute

The meeting began with public comments from 10 people, including a spokesman for the district's teachers union, with a common theme: Pay the teachers what they've been promised.

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Mount Greylock Committee Settles on Direction for District Office, Fields

One thing that appears to finally be off the table is any solution for the district office that involves an existing "off-campus" building. District officials searched for more than a year to find a workable solution that did not involve new construction. Unfortunately, Bergeron said, any such structure would have involved costly modifications that made an existing property impractical at any price.

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Deadline Tuesday to File for Mount Greylock School Committee Election

Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School District School Committee. Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.

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Mount Greylock Teachers File Complaints Over Contract

Teachers in the Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools and at Mount Greylock Regional School have filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the state Department of Labor Relations, according to a statement released on Monday.

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Mount Greylock Offices Relocated for Summer

The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Monday closed the campus of the middle-high school to the public until some time in August as it wraps up the addition/renovation project.

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Teachers' Union to Mount Greylock: Honor Existing Contracts

Educators in the regional school district are asking the Transition Committee to honor existing contractual wage increase, which officials have decided not to honor as three separate contracts are merged into one. Mount Greylock Educators Association Vice President Marty Walter said the teacher's unions feel it is "unacceptable" not to honor those wages and accused school administrators of being unwilling to negotiate.

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Mount Greylock Regional Restores April Break to School Calendar

The Transition Committee opted against the superintendent's recommendation to shorten the April vacation. Superintendent Kimberly Grady proposed a school calendar which replaced the vacation with two long weekends. Grady was worried that extra snow days could put the district in a position where it wouldn't have the required 185 days of school.

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Letter: Mount Greylock Educators Want Current Contracts Honored

Educators from what will be a unified Mount Greylock Regional School District are demanding that the transition committee handling contract negotiations honor existing agreements until a new contract is settled, as well as establish a more realistic time frame for negotiating a regional agreement.

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Mount Greylock Weighs Dropping April Vacation Week from School Calendar

Acting on direction from the committee to try to end the school year earlier than this year’s snow day-induced June 25 release, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and her building principals developed a proposal that replaces the traditional week off in April with two long weekends.

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Q&A: Superintendent Interviews Offer Window into Administrators’ Thinking

Below are excerpts from the hour-long interviews of each candidate, during which the committee asked a series of predetermined questions with an opportunity for committee members to ask follow-up questions.

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Mount Greylock Committee Offers Interim Super Full-Time Post

On a vote of 6-0-1 with committee member Steven Miller abstaining, the panel chose Grady from among two finalists for the position.

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New Ashford School Committee Endorses Compromise School Tuition Plan

As agreed to Wednesday and blessed by the School Committee 24 hours later, the town would pay $12,477 per pupil in fiscal 2019, $14,442 in FY20 and the full DESE per-pupil rate, whatever it may be at that time, in FY21.

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Settles Tuition Rate

The Mount Greylock Transition Committee is sticking with its 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.

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Hears Both Sides on Tuition Question

Since the fall's votes in Lanesborough and Williamstown to fully regionalize the Mount Greylock district, the LES Committee is no longer responsible for decisions that impact the school after July 1, 2018, which is why the Transition Committee is charged with setting a tuition rate.

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Mount Greylock School District Posts Superintendent Position

This week, the district's advertisement for a permanent superintendent was posted on the website of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which, along with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, is one of the main vehicles for getting the word out.

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Lanesborough Officials May Push Mount Greylock District on Tuition Hike

Some town officials are urging the Mount Greylock Transition Committee to hold firm on tuition rates. Members of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee had fought for years over the price point of tuition and last year finally reach an agreement with school officials.

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