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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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Mount Greylock Elementary Schools Have Capacity for Full Classrooms
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has room to welcome all its students back to its two elementary schools with six feet between desks, the district's interim superintendent said on Thursday.   Addressing the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, Robert Putnam said the schools' classrooms have capacity for up to 16 student desks plus a teacher's desk while maintaining that social distancing standard.   Putnam expressed confidence about the ability of the elementary schools to absorb a full complement of students but indicated contingency planning still continues at the middle-high school.   "As you can see,

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Pittsfield School Committee Eliminates Full In-School Opening Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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The school Committee on Monday morning voted to eliminate planning for a full school reopening in the fall. The district educates more than 5,200 children in a dozen school buildings.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee agreed to eliminate a full in-school education model and asked the administration to continue developing a hybrid and remote model.   The committee voted Monday morning during a special meeting to take the full in-person education model off the table and continue working on hybrid and remote options while continuing negotiations with bargaining units.   "We don't need you at this point to approve a specific model but to give the

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Wahconah Grads: Research Worlds' Ills and 'Fix That Stuff'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:04AM / Sunday, July 26, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School sent off the class of 2020 with all the pomp and circumstance it deserved on Saturday night.    But the school's 59th ceremony, like so many other graduations this year, was far from the norm.    "We're gathered here today for this unprecedented event to pay final tribute to the Wahconah class of 2020," said Principal Aaron M. Robb, speaking to the 117 graduates and their families spread out across the Warriors' football field under a setting sun.    Wahconah had opted to delay graduation exercises until it was considered safe enough to bring everyone together — a gathering

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School Committee Takes Open Meeting Complaint to Exec Session
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:07AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
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WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee engaged in an apparent violation of the commonwealth's Open Meeting Law Friday in its effort to respond to a complaint of a prior violation.   At 12:06 p.m., the committee moved to executive session to consider its response to an OML complaint filed by the editor of iBerkshires.com.   The Attorney General's Office's 2018 "Open Meeting Law Guide and Educational Materials" lists 10 acceptable reasons for public bodies to hold a meeting in executive session. Responding to an Open Meeting Law complaint is not on that list.   "The law states 10 specific purposes for which

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Wahconah High Names Top Students for Class of 2020
03:24PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — Jack Michael Minella and Catherine Patricia Boino have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2020 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.     Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, July 25, at 7 p.m. on the school athletic fields. The valedictory speech is titled   "Memories to Look Forward To" and the salutatory address, "The Magic of Memories."                                                             

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Mount Greylock School Committee Charts 'Expedited' Superintendent Hiring Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Monday, July 20, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Friday outlined its schedule for selecting the district's next permanent superintendent.   If all goes according to plan, the committee hopes to learn the names of its finalists, interview those contenders and vote on its final selection within the span of three days at the end of the month with the intention of getting a new superintendent in the job in early August.   On Friday, the panel heard an orientation to the superintendent search selection process from representatives of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   The Mount Greylock School Committee designated MASC to screen

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