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United Way Urging State to Help Up Preschool Teaching Salaries

On Thursday, Paula Harris wore a button to work in support of a movement to raise the wages for preschool teachers like herself. The button was from 26 years ago.

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Williams College Adding Capacity to Children's Center

A mini population explosion brought Williams College before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday. The college asked the town to approve a temporary modular addition to the school’s children’s center on Whitman Street.

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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 Challenged Again on Preschool Question

Williamstown Elementary School officials on Monday continued to face questions about their decision to restructure the school's special education program. Although Side-by-Side was not on the committee's agenda, two of the most outspoken critics of last spring's decision took the opportunity to raise the issue during the meeting's public comment period.

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Williamstown Elementary Reserve Funds Running Low

The elementary school district is on track to finish the fiscal year in the black — but not by much. "We're pulling into the gas pumps on fumes in terms of the operation budget," Business Manager Nancy Rauscher told the School Committee at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.

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Preschool Issue Spills Over Into Mount Greylock School Committee

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.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes School Budget With Protest Cut

Town meeting on Tuesday night approved the elementary school's requested fiscal 2017 budget- after cutting it by a symbolic $27. There had been concerns that the $6 million budget would be "held hostage" by constituents angry at the reductions made to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. But opponents expressed their displeasure with an amendment that cut the school's funding by $1 for every year that Side-By-Side has existed.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Advises Amended School Budget to Town Meeting

The Finance Committee on Monday voted 6-2 to recommend that the annual town meeting approve the amended elementary school budget passed last week by the School Committee. After more than two hours of discussion that frequently veered off into conversations on pedagogy despite the best efforts of Chairman Michael Sussman, a majority of the panel decided not to second guess the conclusion of the administration and School Committee and instead endorse the request for an additional $58,424.

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Williamstown School Committee OKs Third Half-Day Preschool Section

The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to add a third half-day session to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to ask the town for an additional $58,424 on the budget it approved earlier this spring. The school is seeking about $6.14 million from the town for fiscal 2017, a 6.35 percent increase over this year.

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Williamstown Seeking Third Half-Day Section to Preschool

Williamstown Elementary School is adding a third half-day section to its Side-By-Side preschool program, a move school officials hope will ease some of the concerns that have riled the community in recent weeks. Superintendent Douglas Dias said on Friday that the decision to add the third section was driven by a desire to accommodate all families who had applied for the program.

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Letter: Transparency Critical in Preschool Discussions

Seeing these two meetings unfold at the nearly the same time, (1 hour or so at the Planning Board, 45 minutes at School Committee meeting, and then back to Planning Board for another hour) I was struck by their similarities and their startling differences.

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Letter: Moving Forward on Full Day Side-By-Side

The following are some thoughts on the recent Williamstown Elementary School Committee meeting on April 28. While I am on the High School committee, my comments are those of an individual.

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Advocates Continue to Push on Williamstown Preschool Program

Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program. At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

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Williamstown Superintendent: Preschool will Meet Children's Needs

Budget season for Williamstown Elementary School has seen a number of twists and turns since an initial budget presentation to the School Committee back in February. But one thing remains consistent: the decision to scale back the school's prekindergarten program by eliminating a full-day option.

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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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Pittsfield Housing Authority: Worcester's Program Not A Fit Here

"Let's look at them as a individual cases." — Charles Smith

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Kindergarten, Pre-K Registration Open in Savoy

Screening for children entering preschool or kindergarten will be held on April 29 at the school. Call 413-743-1992 to schedule a screening appointment.

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Adams-Cheshire Sets Preschool Screenings

Appointments can be made by calling the Special Services Office at 413-743-5202 ext. 1107, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. by Friday, March 13.

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Berkshire County Head Start Registering Children for 2015-16 School Year

Income verification is needed with a completed application and eligible children are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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St. Stanislaus Preschoolers Learn a Thing Or Two From Dr. Seuss

"It is teaching them about imagination and getting them excited about the reading aspect of it." — Lorry Delmolino

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North Adams Preschool Service Project Touches on Illness, Empathy

"My biggest pull away from this is teaching children empathy towards others." — Rosemarie Dzierga

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