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Mount Greylock School Committee: No Need to Gauge Community Support for Fields Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, October 26, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Without an actionable measure to vote, the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday spent nearly an hour talking about the athletic field decision that will be left to the next iteration of the panel.   And three members blocked a proposal to collect data to help inform that decision.   The committee learned Thursday that its architects had not yet given the district a price for drafting new detailed design documents needed for a request for proposals to do upgrades to Mount Greylock's athletic fields.   Those same architects also advised the committee not to review potential "value engineering" deductions from the project or

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PHS Names 57 AP Scholars
01:00PM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School's Advanced Placement program has 57 students being recognized by the College Board for their achievements.     During the 2020 exam administration 213 students took 389 exams in 23 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," Pittsfield High School Principal Henry Duval said. "Not only of our AP scholars but also that our courses are open to all students."   This year PHS named five students as

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Mount Greylock District Enrollment Down, School-Year Start Survey Positive
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:20AM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District lost more than 5 percent of its student population from the 2019-20 academic year, but the ones who remain report general satisfaction with the hybrid start to the school year — at least in the general education population.   On a night when the School Committee devoted nearly all of its internal conversation to the question of whether the district should pay for an artificial turf field at the middle-high school, the administration focused its attention on the start of the school year and the annual school improvement plans that are required by state law.   Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam also gave

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BArT Upcoming Enrollment Deadlines
04:00AM / Saturday, October 24, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in January 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school's enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org.    Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or

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BCC Hosts Virtual Admissions Booth
08:00AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College partnered with the New England Association for College Admission Counseling to host a virtual admissions booth for interested students across New England.   The BCC virtual booth provides access to interested students looking for information about how to become a student at the College. The booth provides links to recorded information sessions in English and Spanish, the admissions checklist, testimonials, financial aid info, the FAFSA checklist, early college info, and more. T.J. Karis, an Admissions Counselor at the College, oversees the booth and provides real-time chat opportunities with interested students.   "Our

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Berkshire Community College Celebrates 60th Year With Video Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's first community college opened 60 years ago in the Central Annex building on Second Street with about 150 students and a handful of disciplines.    Since then, its moved to West Street, increased its student body by more than tenfold and offers 40 associate degrees and 15 certificates, some in disciplines that didn't exist 60 years ago.    Much of Berkshire Community College's original establishment is because of the work done by former state Rep. Thomas C. Wojtkowski of Pittsfield, who represented what was then the 5th Berkshire District.    "We all have to credit Tom Wojtkowski for the fact that

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Carr Hardware Donates PPE to Berkshire Schools
11:01AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carr Hardware's "Round-up for the Schools" campaign donated over $8,500 in personal protective equipment to three local school districts.   "We are a community business that believes in giving back, it's just part of our core culture," President of Carr Hardware Bart Raser said. "Our kids and schools need our help more than ever and school safety is paramount. We are thrilled to be in a position to do our part and appreciative of the generosity of our customers who supported our teachers and our students."   Tuesday, Carr Hardware representatives made the rounds and delivered PPE to three local school districts: North

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Berkshire Community College To Celebrate 60th Anniversary Virtually
10:19AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2020, Berkshire Community College (BCC) turns 60 years old.    To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the College has partnered again with Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV) to broadcast an hour-long anniversary special on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 PM.   Founded in 1960, BCC is the first community college established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    The 60th celebration video is made up of a compilation of interviews with faculty and staff, a compilation of shorts about various academic programs, spotlights on families that met at BCC, a conversation with Robert Boland for whom the theatre at BCC is named, and a look at the

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Mount Greylock Superintendent Succession Topic in Exec Session
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Executive session minutes from the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee show that the panel did discuss a succession plan for the district's superintendent behind closed doors, and the minutes shed light on the reason for the superintendent's subsequent departure.   In mid-July, iBerkshires.com filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee alleging that, "at the very least, the School Committee's deliberations on July 1 strayed into territory not covered by the stated exception to the Open Meeting Law."   That meeting was one of four held in executive session for the stated purpose of conducting contract

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Mount Greylock Group Works to Promote Inclusion in 'Incredibly Undiverse Building'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, October 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mount Greylock Regional School committee charged with exploring issues of diversity, equity and inclusion last week began a conversation with the wider community about how to make the middle/high school a more welcoming place for all residents.   The DEI Working Group of the Mount Greylock School Council hosted a 90-minute virtual conference on Tuesday attended by more than a dozen community residents, including several with ties to other groups addressing the same issues.   "So many of us talked about our commitment to racial diversity, cultural diversity, special ed … we also reached out to the GSA [formerly known as the Gay-Straight

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