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Mount Greylock Regional Superintendent Kimberley Grady is joined by Turner Construction Vice President Carl Stewart and Tim Sears and Ryan Contenta from Williamstown's inspection services for the removal of 'construction zone' signs on the doors to the auditorium.

Mount Greylock Gets Access to School's Auditorium

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five months after it moved into the renovated Mount Greylock Regional School, the district has full access to the building.
 
Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady said Tuesday that the district has received a certificate of occupancy for the middle-high school, an approval that includes use of the school's auditorium.
 
The auditorium, which along with the gym was one of two public spaces remaining from the old Mount Greylock, has been off-limits to the school because of construction delays.
 
While the school opened for classes in September under a temporary certificate of occupancy, the auditorium remained closed.
 
At last week's Mount Greylock School Committee meeting, Grady told the panel that a walk-through with the town's building inspector was scheduled for this week and indicated she was guardedly optimistic about the results.
 
"I hope to send out great news," she said.
 
The delay in use of the auditorium forced the school to hold its fall and winter orchestra, band and choral concerts at alternate locations. Williams College offered the use of Chapin Hall for the fall concert; the winter concert was held in Mount Greylock's cafeteria.
 
Recently, the school decided it once again would hold its spring musical at the college's '62 Center for Performing Arts, where it was lucky enough to stage the play the last couple of years during the addition/renovation project. It was not immediately clear Tuesday afternoon whether the show would be moved back to the middle-high school campus.
 
While the district built a new three-story academic wing, a new cafeteria, new locker rooms, new offices, new library and other academic spaces, the auditorium and gymnasium were renovated. The district's School Building Committee and School Committee opted for renovations because a newly constructed auditorium or gym would have been smaller than the original according to square-footage specifications of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which is participating in funding the addition/renovation project.

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By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's institutions of higher education are ready to do their part to help their students navigate their way through a post-COVID-19 economy.
 
On Friday, the presidents of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College and the provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock participated in a virtual town hall hosted by 1Berkshire.
 
Johnathan Butler led the hourlong conversation, which focused largely on how colleges are adapting to the current closure of their physical campuses and making plans for the fall 2020 semester.
 
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