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Mount Greylock School Committee Pulls Rug Out of Fields Project

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday decided to move forward with needed improvements to the middle-high school’s athletic fields, but it removed both a synthetic turf field and track from the project that will go out to bid this winter.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Faces Thursday Vote on Scope of Fields Project

The committee's Finance Subcommittee last week took a first pass at the "value engineering" list of items that were included in the first version of the project to go out to bid in 2019.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Synthetic Turf Field Project

On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided to pay architect Perkins Eastman $44,000 to develop design documents that will allow the district to put the project out to bid this winter with the possibility of having a synthetic turf field in place as early as fall 2021.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears from Public on Turf Question

The newest members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week got a crash course in the arguments for and against building an artificial turf playing field at the middle-high school. On Tuesday evening, they have another chance to decide whether to move forward or again press the pause button.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Invites Public to Comment on Field Issue

The 5 p.m. session will provide an opportunity for one hour of comments from community members who sign up in advance. At 7 p.m., the committee will hear two 15-minute presentations — one for a synthetic field and one against — followed by 30 minutes for School Committee members to ask questions of the invited presenters.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Again Postpones Decision on Turf Field

But Business Manager Joe Bergeron informed the committee that despite his best efforts to prod the Boston firm, it sent its proposal to the district just after 2 p.m. on Monday, and the committee agreed it did not have enough time to review the proposal for $44,000.

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Letter: MGRS Needs More Responsible Approach to Field

With a majority of the School Committee members being replaced in November – which makes me wonder why the current committee is pushing for a decision now – I'm looking forward to open, reasoned and responsible dialogue and approach to decision-making in the future.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Moves Forward on Artificial Turf Project

On a vote of 4-2, the committee agreed to spend the next week reviewing a year-old list of value engineering items associated with its athletic fields project and to vote as soon as next Thursday to pay its architect to do the detailed design work needed to rebid a project that already came in over budget in the fall of 2019.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Schedules Friday Meeting to Settle Turf Field Question

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee could decide as soon as next Friday to put an artificial turf field project out to bid.

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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Backing Off Field Advisory Group Plan

The finance subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week discussed abandoning plans to recommend the full committee appoint an advisory panel to answer questions the elected officials had about a proposal to build an artificial turf field at the middle-high school.

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Mount Greylock's Williams Gift Keeps on Giving ... Fodder for Debate

More than three years, countless hours by several committees and thousands of dollars worth of professional planning have been spent developing plans to apply the proceeds of the gift, given in early 2016 to help the district pay for things not covered under the Massachusetts School Building Authority's building program.

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Williamstown Select Board Weighs in on Mount Greylock Capital Project

Hugh Daley asked his colleagues to make such a statement, arguing that the board had an obligation to do what it can to preserve a fund intended to protect local taxpayers against future expenses at the recently renovated and rebuilt school.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Rejects Recommendation to Delay Field Decision

Without taking a vote on the matter at its regular monthly meeting, it was clear from the comments that four members of the seven-person committee do not believe concerns about the value of the remainder of a $5 million capital gift from Williams College are enough to hold off on the field decision.

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Wall Street's 'COVID Crash' Impacts Mount Greylock Field Disussion

Plans to build an artificial turf field at Mount Greylock Regional School may be sidetracked by a global pandemic that has dealt a serious blow to the funding source eyed for the project.

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Mount Greylock Officials Want More Information on Turf Field

After months of debate in and out of School Committee meetings, there is little in the way of consensus on the project.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds Questionable Vote on Multipurpose Building

But a possibly illegal aspect of the vote designed to appease proponents of a new athletic field opens to question the validity of the action.

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Williamstown Fin Comm Weighs in on Mount Greylock Field Debate

Much — but not all — of the opposition to date has centered on the potential adverse impact to the environment and students' health. The Fin Comm discussion did not touch on those arguments, instead sticking to reasons the field may or may not make sense from a financial standpoint.

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Mount Greylock Parents Split on Merging Winter & Spring Vacations

Mount Greylock's director of academic technology reported on results of a survey to gauge support for revising the school calendar to consolidate the February and April vacation weeks into a single week off in March.

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New Voices Heard in Mount Greylock Turf Field Debate

Although the idea of an artificial turf field is not particularly new for the district, it has generated widespread interest in the community in the months since the School Committee authorized the initial RFP in the spring.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Rejects Fields Bid, Reposts

By a vote of 6-1, the committee rejected the low bid submitted for an athletic fields project after the price tag came in far higher than the committee expected when it authorized a request for proposals in May.

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Mount Greylock Turf Field Bids Come in Higher than Hoped

All three were well above the figures targeted by the School Committee for the projects.

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Williams College Seeking Input as It Forms Strategic Plan

Williams College President Maud S. Mandel was in front of the Select Board on Monday to discuss the school's strategic planning process, which includes soliciting input from a broadly defined group of stakeholders that includes students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community Williams calls home.

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Letter: Letter to the Mount Greylock School Committee

I'm writing to you in support of the work of your Phase 2 Subcommittee and its recommendation to install a turf field at Mount Greylock's campus.

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Lanesborough Selectmen in Talks to Buy New Gravel Bed

The town is considering buying a new gravel bed on Ore Bed Road. Town officials have been in talks with Dennis Condron about purchasing a piece of property across from the town's landfill. Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers said the property has about 50,000 yards of gravel in the lot while the town's current landfill is nearly empty.

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Field Debate Causes Friction on Mount Greylock Committee

The Mount Greylock School Committee Thursday considered questions that have been raised about a plan to install an artificial turf field at the middle-high school — including concerns raised by members of the committee itself. But one committee member and strong advocate for maintaining the course agreed upon earlier this spring said the time for asking questions is over.

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