WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the new Mount Greylock Regional School will continue through the summer months, the School Committee learned last week.
During a brief early evening open session on Wednesday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the committee that the middle-high school will again be an "active work site" after the planned last day of classes on June 24.
The work will include taking care of some items still on the punch list since the school opened for classes in September, but it also includes the replacement of carpet tiles in several areas, including the band room, orchestra room, media center (library), main office, guidance suite and pupil services department.
The cost of the work will be covered by the manufacturer of the carpet tiles involved, Grady said.
Grady indicated that the tile had an odor because of a manufacturing problem.
"We're the first [customer] in North America to have this problem," she said.
While the work can be completed during the summer at no cost to the district, it is an inconvenience.
"We will be breaking apart rooms that we finally put together," Grady said.
In addition to the interior work, laborers will be on site this summer addressing defective sidewalk slabs, including a high-profile spot in front of the main entrance of the school that was the victim of frost heaves in the building's first winter.
In other building project business on Wednesday, the School Committee OK'd the creation of a finance subcommittee of the School Building Committee to increase efficiency during the closeout phase of the $64 million addition/renovation project.
Grady told the committee that the School Building Committee has been having difficulty finding times when it can get a quorum together for a meeting, but there still are bills to be paid.
She said that Williamstown's Hugh Daley and Lanesborough's Steve Wentworth, who served on the School Building Committee's finance working group, have agreed to serve on a subcommittee along with Grady to approve invoices and recommend them for payment.
"We are slowed down with the process," she said. "This will speed it up."
The members of the committee also got some homework. They were tasked with completing their individual evaluations of Grady and returning the forms by June 3 so their responses can be compiled and the full committee can complete its formal review at its June meeting.
In the interim, the School Committee has a third May meeting on the calendar for Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m.
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Whoa!!! How can Ms. Grady appoint a sub committee of people who are not even on the school committee??? Is This Legal? Then why did we merge school districts and bother to elect a new school Committee? Is anyone in charge???
These are the school committee members, courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle:
Elected to four-year terms in Lanesborough were newcomer Christina Conry and incumbent Regina DiLego in the only contested school committee race. Incumbent Al Terranova won a two-year term uncontested.
In Williamstown, Dan Caplinger and Steven Miller were elected to four-year terms, while Joe Bergeron and newcomer Allison Carter took on two-year terms.
Williamstown Historical Museum Hosts 'Baseball in the Berkshires' Exhibit
By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
An image of Ulysses Franklin 'Frank' Grant looks down on the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit. The Hall of Famer was celebrated with a plaque in his hometown of Williamstown in 2006. Right, 2006 sports page from the former North Adams Transcript celebrates Grant's legacy and the connection between the Clark Art Institute and the Baseball Hall of Fame. The event included Williams alum and former Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Baseball in the Berkshires roadshow rolls into Williamstown starting Saturday with a summer exhibit exploring the town's impact on America's pastime and vice versa.
Now in its seventh year, Baseball in the Berkshires has established itself as a repository for facts and artifacts that shine a bright light on the region's baseball roots.
Since its beginnings in the barn at Herman Melville's Arrowhead in Pittsfield, the exhibit has called Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Stockbridge and Dalton home.
This summer, it plans high-profile public displays of baseball imagery in North Adams and Pittsfield along with a summer "residency" at the Williamstown Historical Museum that opens to the public on Saturday morning.
Babcock is in Williamstown this month removing a 19th-century barn from a property on Green River Road (Route 43). In the not-too-distant future, he will be back in town putting the same barn back together on the property of the Williamstown Historical Museum.
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The Select Board last summer created what became the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee as an advisory panel. Members of that panel this week questioned why the Select Board has not appeared willing to consider the advice the DIRE Committee has provided.
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As it nears the end of its inaugural year and faces the first departure of a founding member, the town's diversity committee Monday reflected on the importance of the discussions it has had and the perspectives it has centered in the town's conversation. click for more