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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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Taconic Contruction: 58 Percent Complete; Focused On Enclosing Building
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:46AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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The construction managers want to have the building fully enclosed by the first week in November to provide warmth for the workers during the winter. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Construction managers expect to complete $4 million worth of construction per month to keep on schedule with the building of the new Taconic High School.   The building is currently 58 percent complete, according to James Moran, a program manager with the city's project managers Skanska.   Through September, a total of $55.4 million of the $120.8 million project had been invoiced, which is 56 percent. The project managers have used only 38.7 percent of the owner's contingency, and 49.1 percent

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School Officials Answer Regionalization Questions in Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — School officials behind the regionalization vote have been around town answering questions about it. But they still don't have a final draft of the proposal.   The long talked about full regionalization of Williamstown Elementary School, Lanesborough Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School goes to voters on Nov. 14. The move is seen as a natural progression after sharing administration for nearly a decade.   "This is a regional agreement that tries to follow what we have been doing, but making it easier to do it," Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron told the Board of Selectmen on Monday.   Bergeron was

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

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Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John

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Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster Relief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Sunday, October 15, 2017
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The students presented local Red Cross volunteers the donation on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It started as a simple homework assignment.   Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?"   Ella Ives went home and thought about it. She watched the news coming in about devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Virgin Islands and found her answer.    "I am worried about how badly the state of Texas has been hit by Hurricane Harvey. I wish I could trade places with the Red Cross volunteers who are there

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great cold-weather clothing, costume

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Miss Hall's School Announces AP Scholars
12:18PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that 37 of its students, including 25 recent graduates and 10 local students, have been named by the College Board as AP Scholars, in recognition of their exceptional achievements on the 2017 Advanced Placement Exams.

The AP Scholar designation means that the students earned a 3 or better — using a 5-point grading system — on three or more of the rigorous AP Exams, which are administered in May. This year, 81 MHS students sat for 172 exams in 23 subject areas, and 92 percent of those exams earned qualifying scores, according to the College Board, which oversees the AP program.

Local students recognized as AP Scholars

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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,

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Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.    On Thursday, Jobs with Justice held a forum to bring those issues to the forefront, hoping to build momentum behind solving the problems.   The

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