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McCandless Staying on as Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools
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12:51PM / Friday, October 25, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The local radio is reporting that Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless will be staying in Pittsfield.    Mayor Linda Tyer, while appearing on Live 95.9's "Slater and Marjo in the Morning" on Friday, said the superintendent isn't leaving the area.    McCandless last week had confirmed that he was a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth. He told iBerkshires that "It simply feels in my gut like it is a good time to make a change."    He had also indicated to The Berkshire Eagle that he had applied for other

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Pittsfield School Committee Concerned With Teacher Retention
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Monday, October 21, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The latest personnel report has the School Committee concerned about keeping teachers in the city schools.    The reported was shared by Superintendent Jason McCandless at last Wednesday's meeting. School Committee member William Cameron noted that some of the exiting employees were only hired at the beginning of the school year.   "There was a group called Buffalo Springfield and they had a song called 'For What It's Worth' and the opening lines were 'There's something happening here, What it is ain't exactly clear,'" he said. "We have resignations here a month into the school year from a number of

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Pittsfield Superintendent Seeking New Opportunities
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, October 18, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Jason "Jake" McCandless is actively seeking new opportunities and may leave the Pittsfield Public Schools.    After McCandless' evaluation by the School Committee on Wednesday, he confirmed that he is a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth.   "It simply feels in my gut like it is a good time to make a change," McCandless said.   McCandless came to Pittsfield in 2013 after being in Lee for 11 years, eight of those as superintendent and three as principal. He came to Lee after three years as an assistant

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Pittsfield Students Receive Superintendent Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Emily Mazzeo and Alexander Currie have received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award.   Superintendent Jason McCandless began Wednesday's School Committee with a presentation honoring two of the highest achieving students in the school system.    "This is one of my personal favorite things of the entire school year and these awards," he said. "We have a remarkable run here in Pittsfield of not only recognizing unbelievable distinguished intellects but unbelievable work ethics."    McCandless first brought Mazzeo, who attends Pittsfield High School, to the podium and read a letter from

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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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