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Mount Greylock Considering Universal Pre-Kindergarten
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, October 12, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District may take a look at transitioning to universal pre-kindergarten as soon as the current academic year.   At last Tuesday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady broached the subject of removing the fees the district currently charges for programs at Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School.   The topic is trending across the commonwealth, and the need is growing in the district, Grady said.   At the state level, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is voting on a resolution that the group, "file or support legislation that will

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New Voices Heard in Mount Greylock Turf Field Debate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rob Abel appeared before the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee to make a point that probably united everyone in a very crowded meeting room at the middle/high school.   "I want a grass field," Abel said. "Grass is better in so many ways. Grass is not controversial."   And then Abel got to the crux of his argument.   "Unfortunately, a grass field would be great for four months, and two of those months, school is not in session," he continued. "Even the best maintained grass in all of Western Massachusetts, right here at Taconic Golf Club, is not ready for play until late April or early May.   "I

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Pittsfield High School Names 45 AP Scholars
03:41PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School's Advanced Placement (AP) program has 45 students being recognized by the College Board for their achievements.  

During the 2019 exam administration, 219 students took 392 exams in 21 different subject areas.  PHS has the largest AP program in Berkshire County and is also the only local high school offering the College Board's AP Capstone Program.

"We are very proud of our AP program at Pittsfield High School - not only of our AP scholars but also that our courses are open to all students," said Pittsfield High School Principal Henry Duval.

"We've been steadily expanding our course offerings and are

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Mount Greylock Celebrates Building that 'Reflects Its Greatness'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wednesday was homecoming day for state Rep. John Barrett III.   Barrett was one of the dignitaries asked to speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently expanded and renovated Mount Greylock Regional School.   Noting that the ceremony — forced indoors because of the threat of rain — was being held in one of the renovated portions of the middle/high school, Barrett said he was glad to be back to help the school celebrate its new era.   "I sat out there on our first day of school in 1961," Barrett said, indicating the seats of the auditorium. "I was part of the freshman class that was beginning this

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Brien Center Awarded $360K Curb Risky High School Student Behavior
04:35PM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Brien Center has been awarded a total of $357,480 in state grants that will fund a first-of-its kind program in two Berkshire County high schools that is designed to reduce such risky behaviors as smoking, vaping, drinking and substance misuse that could compromise students' futures.   The local organization applied for the funds through a competitive grant process offered for the first time by the state Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services. The bureau awarded 18 grants statewide, with the Brien Center winning two of them.   The grants will fund new and intensive services at

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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Saturday, September 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools has started the new school year with more than 5,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.   School administrators provided an update the beginning of the year at Wednesday's School Committee meeting.   "I would like to welcome everybody back and it is hard to believe we are at the start of another school years but here we are," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said at the meeting broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television.   Superintendent Jason McCandless thanked the many people who helped prepare the schools for incoming students as well as community members who help make the Pittsfield

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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2019
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 5. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.


    (10th; a.m. 715 / p.m. 611)
 

6:58     425 Wells Road
7:00     Wells Road at Pine Valley
7:02     63 Wells Ave.
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:05     Route 8 at Arnold Court
7:15     Old Windsor Mill
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at

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Pittsfield Public Schools Set Opening Dates for 2019-20
09:50AM / Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools will open Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, with individual grades operating according to the following schedule:   : First day for students is Wednesday, Sept. 4, but individual schools will host orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Students will attend half-days through Sept. 13. Full-day kindergarten begins on Monday, Sept. 16.   Full day on Tuesday, Sept. 3.     Half days: 8:30/8:40 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Full days: 8:30/8:40 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.   Orientation for students and their parents/guardians will be held in the morning beginning at 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3.   Delayed start time on Tuesday,

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BCC Announces New Deans, Directors and Staff Changes
11:15AM / Tuesday, August 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College has announced the hiring of new deans, directors and staff on campus – as well as new titles for a variety of current staff.

Kevin Bechard is the new dean of Business and Outreach. Bechard comes to the college from Manchester Community College in Connecticut, where he was faculty and department chair of Business, Paralegal and Technology. He has his master's degree in business administration and his bachelor's degree from the University of Hartford.

Dr. Laurie Gordy is the new dean of Humanities, Behavioral & Social Sciences. Gordy was previously faculty and dean of Academic Affairs (and interim chief academic

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Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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Douglas Crane says JA is one of his great-great-grandfather's 'most enduring and most impactful actions.' DALTON, Mass. — A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.    Junior Achievement, now an international organization, has touched the lives of more than 100 million young people since it founding.    On Friday, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts recognized Crane's role in its success by presenting a Founders Award to one of his descendants, Douglas Crane, at the Crane Museum of

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