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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Moves Regionalization Proposal Forward

In a 5-0 vote, the panel voted to signal the Mount Greylock School Committee that it wants to meet jointly with the the junior-senior high school committee at its Sept. 19 meeting and that the elementary school committee wants to continue to seek community input ahead of a hoped-for November special town meeting in each of Mount Greylock's member towns.

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Latest Mount Greylock Regionalization Proposal Maximizes Local Control

The latest proposal to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District would allow each member town to control the budget of its elementary school. The elementary school committees from Williamstown and Lanesborough met Tuesday to review a draft regional agreement that would expand Mount Greylock Regional School District to include both its "feeder" schools.

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Williamstown Elementary Adds Two Classrooms

Williamstown Elementary School's enrollment saw a dramatic increase over the summer, but school officials were able to find the money to hire new teachers without cutting programming at the K-through-6 school.

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Summer Building Work Authorized at Williamstown Elementary

The Williamstown School Committee last week decided to use the district's building renewal fund to address some summer maintenance issues for the 15-year-old structure. At a special Wednesday morning meeting, three members of the five-person panel voted unanimously to approve up to $84,283 dollars for three different contractors to do roof, window and masonry work at the school, which opened in 2002.

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Williamstown School Committee Ponders Role in Regionalization Talks

The chairman of the Williamstown Elementary School Committee understands the challenge of educating voters ahead of a planned November special town meeting on school regionalization.

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Mount Greylock's Regionalization Committee Discusses Benefits, Concerns

The committee looking at expanding the Mount Greylock Regional School District discussed on Monday how to make the case for expansion to voters who may be on the fence. The district’s revived Regional District Amendment Committee held its second meeting since it was reconvened by the Mount Greylock School Committee this spring, and it was clear that the panel has strong arguments on its side and serious concerns to overcome.

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November Date Set for Mount Greylock Regionalization Question

As the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee moves forward with its efforts to invite its "feeder" elementary schools to join the district, it is getting some indirect encouragement from the countywide task force looking at challenges facing public education.

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Williamstown Elementary Talks Use Fees, School Calendar

The Williamstown School Committee began discussing on Wednesday how it can more equitably charge fees to outside groups for use of the school's building and grounds.

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Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students

Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to WES on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here in Williamstown, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said.

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down Snydrome and has been with Miceli for fourth and fifth grades. She joined other award recipients as well as WES principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

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Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Mount Greylock School's Regional Expansion Plan

A veteran member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee explained to the Board of Selectmen on Monday why the school wants to ask both member towns to expand the region in November special town meetings. Carolyn Greene explained that there are several options to address deficiencies in the Tri-District arrangement that binds the three independent school districts: Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary. But there is one option that the school committee fa

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Williamstown Elementary Now Looking at 4 Percent Hike

With three weeks left before the district presents its fiscal 2018 budget request to the town's Finance Committee, Interim Superintendent Kim Grady and School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the committee that the latest iteration of the spending plan sees the appropriation to the town up by 4.12 percent from FY17.

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Williamstown School Committee Talks Special Education Collaboration

A collaborative agreement among North County school districts could save money and improve outcomes for special needs students throughout the district, an official working on the collaboration told the Williamstown School Committee on Wednesday. North Adams Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Malkas said she'd seen the benefits of educational collaboratives when leading the public schools in the Worcester County town of Webster.

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Williamstown Elementary Faces Budget-Busting Hike in Costs

The Williamstown School Committee heard some sobering news about the prospects for the fiscal 2018 budget talks it will begin in earnest next month. The K-6 district expects costs for the fiscal year to increase by about twice the funding increase historically offered by the town unless cuts are found.

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Williamstown Elementary School Committee Chairman Steps Down

A turbulent year in the governance of Williamstown Elementary School took another turn on Wednesday evening when Dan Caplinger stepped down as chairman of the School Committee. Caplinger called a special 4 p.m. meeting of the body to announce his decision and decide on a new leader going forward.

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Williamstown Elementary Principal Lays Out Priorities

Maintaining staff and reinstating programs cut in the fiscal 2017 budget process are among the priorities of Williamstown Elementary School's principal. Joelle Brookner gave a presentation to the School Committee at its Nov. 30 meeting in an order to help the panel understand the budget numbers it will see this winter when it weighs the FY18 budget.

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Documents Reveal Complaints Against Departed Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent

Mount Greylock Regional School Committee member Carolyn Greene, who chaired the committee at the time of Dias' 2015 hiring and last week's departure, said at the Nov. 7 meeting that the Tri-District remains strong despite the turbulence, and on Thursday she emphasized that the complaints against the superintendent did not involve students.

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Leaving Post Under Fire

The brief tenure of public schools superintendent Douglas Dias came to an end Monday after an evening of lengthy closed-door discussions among the three school committees he served. Dias, who was hired to administer the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District in spring 2015, is leaving the post in the wake of undisclosed "complaints or charges" leveled against him.

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Williamstown Elementary Surveying Families About Strategic Plan

Williamstown Elementary School is asking its families about their aspirations for the K-6 school. The district is in the process of developing a strategic plan, and part of that process will be an electronic survey that is being sent to stakeholders, Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday evening.

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Williamstown Students Celebrate Words With Costume Parade

Words and books of all shapes and sizes were on parade on Wednesday morning during Williamstown Elementary School's annual Words Are Wonderful costume parade. T

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Special Ed Preschool Issue Continues to Vex Williamstown School Committee

The special education prekindergarten was the only thing on the minds of the three residents who participated in the public comment portion of Wednesday’s meeting. And, not for the first time, those comments strayed into areas where Caplinger had to admonish residents against levying accusations against individual school personnel or speaking about an individual child's experience in open session.

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Williamstown Elementary Earns Level 1 Status, State Commendation

Williamstown Elementary School passed its first year under a new standardized testing regime with flying colors, the School Committee learned on Wednesday. Last spring marked the first time the school's pupils were evaluated by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in place of the commonwealth's traditional Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.

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Williamstown Elementary to Hold 10th Annual Children's Clothing Sale

Shoppers will find all types of weather bargains from shorts, pants and sweaters to jackets, boots, snowpants, bathing suits and mittens.

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Williamstown Elementary Welcomes New Faces for School Year

As the School Committee held its second meeting in the month of August, Williamstown Elementary School's principal reminded the committee members they're not the only ones devoting time to the school in the "off season." "People think that summer comes and teachers go on vacation, and it's just not true," Brookner said. "I've seen everybody. Some days, I want to say, 'What are you doing here? Go home.'

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