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Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent Proposing Fully Remote Start to School Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District's interim superintendent Tuesday told the community he will propose the district start the year with fully remote learning for general education students.   In a virtual town hall, Robert Putnam previewed the proposal for the start of school that he will present to the School Committee for a vote on Thursday evening. Districts throughout the commonwealth must present their reopening plans, approved by school committees, to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by Friday.   Putnam emphasized throughout his presentation that all of his plans for the preK-12, three school district are still subject

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Mount Greylock Adds Day in High School, Splits Elementary Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Monday, August 10, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — All students at Mount Greylock Regional School will be in school two days a week, and elementary school pupils will attend four days a week to start the school year under the latest iteration of the hybrid learning model announced Thursday by interim Superintendent Robert Putnam.   And the School Committee finalized its negotiation on a three-year contract with incoming Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless.   After meeting in exectutive session for about 15 minutes, the committee came out and voted 6-0 (with one member, Regina DiLego, absent) to approve a contract negotiated with McCandless, who was offered the job the week

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Pittsfield Votes Hybrid Education Model, Considers Remote Start
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Sunday, August 09, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee has voted to go forward with a hybrid education model with the possibility of a fully remote beginning to the school year.   During the second half Thursday's meeting, the committee directed the administration to go forward with a morning/afternoon hybrid education model with the option to begin the school year remote.   "Today we are attempting to thread a needle of being respectful of the negotiation we are doing with our teachers and be respectful of the community that has weighed in in large numbers to say that they want to see some sort of version of in-person school," Superintendent Jason McCandless

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Pittsfield Picks Interim Super; Retains McCandless for Full 90 Days
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:53AM / Saturday, August 08, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday voted to appoint Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis as interim superintendent and to hold outgoing Superintendent Jason McCandless to his 90-day notice.   Last week it was announced that McCandless was chosen as the new superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District. McCandless, who joined the district in 2013, flirted with the idea of leaving the district last year and was in the running for the Silver Lake Regional School District post. https://www.iberkshires.com/story/62748/Mount-Greylock-Offers-Superintendent-Post-to-Pittsfield-s-McCandless.html   During the first half of a six-hour meeting

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BCC Hires New Vice President of Administration and Finance
05:39PM / Friday, August 07, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired Andrea Wadsworth as the new vice president of administration and finance.

Previous to accepting her role at the college, Wadsworth has held a number of positions in education in the Berkshires. She was most recently the assistant superintendent of business and finance. Prior to her role at Mt. Greylock, she was the business administrator at Lee Public Schools and before that she was the senior accounting coordinator/business office accountant for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Wadsworth has participated in a number of community activities related to education as well. She had served as the chair of the Lee

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New Wahconah High Going Up Fast
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:55AM / Friday, August 07, 2020
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School Building Committee co-Chairman Tom Callahan, left, with MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy. The old high school is in the background. DALTON, Mass. — A traditional topping off ceremony was held on Thursday to mark the completion of the steel skeleton for what will be Wahconah Regional High School.    School officials gathered to mark the milestone with the sounds of construction and sparks from welding giving proof that their vision was being made reality after a  long and arduous process.    "As far as this building goes, the process by which to make it happen to get the vote was an arduous one," said Principal Aaron Robb.

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Wahconah Regional High Scholarships & Awards for 2020
04:11PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Wahconah Regional High class of 2020.   Rachel Houghtaling;Fred Sears   Shea McIlquham Ellen Cook Catherine Boino, Ellen Cook, Cecelia Dunham, Easton Eberwein, Jordyn Gagliardi, Gracie George, Rachel Houghtaling, Hayden Kendall, Janna Looney, Shea McIlquham, Michaella Moncecchi, Madeline Naef, Hailey Pickard, Avery Price, Jack Pudlo, Charlie Salinetti   Ian Graham, Colby Lennon, Timothy Noble   Emma Adams   Kate Mathews, Michaella Moncecchi   Hannah Rose; Kaylyn Vincent   Lucas Walsh   Shea McIlquham, Thomas O'Connor, Jack Pudlo     Jaiden

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BCC Hires New Dean of Students, Interim Dean of Enrollment
10:57AM / Thursday, July 30, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new dean of students and a new interim dean of enrollment.

Celia Norcross has accepted the position of dean of students. Michael Sharp has accepted the role as interim dean of enrollment, replacing Christina Wynn, who has taken the position of dean of business and outreach at the college.

Norcross has worked in higher education for the past 22 years in a variety of positions that support and develop student learning, including her most recent career track at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts the past 18 years in Student Affairs. Through her roles, she has had pride in establishing creative opportunities within both areas

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Pittsfield Superintendent a Finalist for Mount Greylock Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:19PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless is one of three candidates for the vacant superintendent position in the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The School Committee on Wednesday heard a report from the CEO of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which vetted the 22 qualified candidates who submitted applications for the post and narrowed the field down to three finalists.   McCandless is joined by Portia S. Bonner and Mary Jane Rickson. All three will be interviewed over the next two days with the School Committee hoping to vote on a final decision and offer the position to its selection on Friday

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Mount Greylock Super Recommends Delayed Start, Hybrid Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional Schools will recommend Wednesday that the school be delayed until Sept. 16 and the year begin in a hybrid learning model that sees half the students in school at any one time.   Robert Putnam on Tuesday delivered two virtual "fireside chats" for members of the school community to discuss the current state of planning for the resumption of classes after in-person instruction ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Citing a Monday memo from the commissioner of education, Putnam said that the commonwealth is reducing the school year by 10 days for 2020-21.   "The full

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