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Williamstown Elementary Starts Vacation Early Because of Widespread Illness

Families were informed of the decision on Wednesday at the regularly scheduled 1:30 dismissal. The school will be off limits to all school and non-school activities through Monday to allow the building to be cleaned allow for “any residual spores to die” according to a school-wide email.

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Williamstown Sixth-Graders Receive Civics Lesson

Last week, the voters of Williamstown overwhelmingly supported an initiative that would allow the town to fund a renovated and expanded Mount Greylock Regional School. It is a fair guess that many of the voters did not understand their choice as well as a group of Williamstown Elementary sixth-graders.

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Williamstown School Officials Seek to Restore Budget Cuts

The School Committee has sent its superintendent and his team back to the budget with a complex mandate to restore at least some of the cuts made to reduce next year's spending plan. The decision came Wednesday night after a marathon 4 1/2 hours of public comments and committee deliberation. Rather than sending a budget to the town's Finance Committee next Wednesday, the school officials plan to reconvene to hopefully vote on a modified budget.

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Williamstown Superintendent Explains School Cuts to Parents

Williamstown Elementary School Superintendent Douglas Dias faced a crowd of about 70 people on Thursday evening to explain the constraints that are shaping the district's fiscal 2017 budget. The elementary school is facing cuts that include two teachers, four paraprofessionals, several enrichment programs and the reduction of its pre-kindergarten Side by Side program from the current full-day program to two half-day sessions.

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Williamstown School Committee Hears About College's Involvement

Williamstown Elementary School students participate in BioEyes, one of the programs through which Williams College supports education at local schools.

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Williamstown School Budget Looks at Staff Reductions

Williamstown Elementary School is looking to cut three teachers to offset rising health insurance costs. Citing a 14 percent increase in health insurance cost and a need to make the district's budget more sustainable, School Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday his preliminary fiscal 2017 budget includes a reduction of three teachers from current staffing levels.

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Williams Students Teach Biology in Elementary School Classes

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 at Lanesborough Elementary.

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Williamstown Elementary to Give PARCC Test This Spring

"This seems to me the Goldilocks moment." — Dan Caplinger

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Heating Leak Causes Thursday Closure at Williamstown Elementary

"When crews come in dragging hoses and things through the hallway, it's not a good environment for learning." — Douglas Dias

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Williamstown Elementary Facing Boiler Project

"So we have one working boiler, one that is questionable and one that is non-working." — Douglas Dias

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Williamstown Elementary Sets Annual Fall Children's Clothing Sale

The large selection of Fall/Winter apparel includes some of the most popular and durable brands in stores today.

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Williamstown Elementary to Add Assistant Principal

There are other factors driving the addition of the assistant principal position, which has an advertised salary range of $71,000 to $78,000.

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Williamstown Elementary School Candidates Make Their Case

Voters will choose from among the three candidates when they go to the polls on Tuesday, May 12.

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Votes to Tap Building Renewal Fund

"No one can figure out how to get them to speak their language so the building can operate as efficiently as it should." — John Skavlem

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Williamstown Fin Comm Looks at McCann Tech, Elementary School

The school's assessment to the town is 2.5 percent higher than last year's, keeping it in line with the other town cost centers.

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Sends Budget to Town

"We feel we still can have an enrichment program and work it into social studies." — Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy

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Williamstown Officials Discuss Mount Greylock Expansion Proposal

"It's kind of like: We're living together, it's not working out, let's get married." — Hugh Daley

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Williamstown School Employee Gets 'Soup-er' Win

"When they told us we'd won, I couldn't even process it." — Joelle Brookner

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Starts Budget Discussion

This year's Renzi Award winners are Hazel Scullen, Gina Wang, Charles McWeeny and Kyle Trottier.

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks Back on Career

"I think I've tried to see a thread through all the work I do that it's really about relationship building." — Rose Ellis

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Williamstown School Committee Preps for Superintendent Uncertainty

"I don't want to be in violation of the law because of our dependence on a partner that might be in a position where they can't make that decision." — Richard Reynolds

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Concert for Veterans

"Veterans Day, we celebrate all the veterans who served our country, no matter how small the task — from the cook to the first-line fighter." — Ron James

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Expanded Mount Greylock School District Questioned

"The town leadership in Lanesborough has not had public education as something they were willing to make sacrifices for." — David Langston

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Mount Greylock to Again Take Up Regional Expansion

"He thought starting the search early was to our benefit. If we said Jan. 1 or July 1 in our ad, we could then say it's an interim position." — Carolyn Greene

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Retiring Dec. 31

"We had already begun the process of looking into the future of the superintendent in the Tri-District." — Carolyn Greene

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