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Pittsfield's Superintendent McCandless Given Six-year Contract Extension
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:35PM / Thursday, September 03, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee has approved a six-year extension to Superintendent Jason McCandless' contract.   The committee approved the extension on Wednesday, which replaces a four-year contract he signed in 2013 and will take him until 2021.   McCandless makes $157,000 and the agreement freezes what was a 1 percent annual raise.   "Even a small increase on my salary is money. I'm not going to do this while we are laying people off," McCandless said.   The raises could come back for negotiation as early as next year but for now, McCandless' salary will stay the same. Future raises are all negotiable.   The School Committee

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Pittsfield Hoping One School Will Pilot School Uniforms
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:26PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee is wondering if one of its principals will pilot a school uniform program.   On Wednesday, the School Committee approved a dress code policy but toyed with the idea of finding a school to pilot uniforms. The members said the uniforms wouldn't automatically improve tests scores but could go a long way in improving school culture and reducing bullying.   "One of my concerns when I was looking at the dress code is that they are difficult to enforce. They take time to enforce and is uncomfortable to enforce," said Chairwoman Katherine Yon, who suggested the idea of having a school or a group pilot a uniform

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Early Cost Estimations Show New Taconic Project On Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first round of estimations are finding the Taconic High School plans within budget.   Over the last month, Drumney Rosane & Anderson Architects Inc. finished another, more detailed design plan and consultants Skanska USA and construction managers Gilbane Buildings both did independent cost estimations.   "Both numbers are amazing close," said John Benzinger of Skanska. "Both were under the project budget."   The sides came together to reconcile the differences in calculations but Benzinger says the difference is less than a percent. However, it is also only the first of three estimations. The School Building Needs

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Pittsfield Schools Staff Ready For First Day of Classes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:18PM / Monday, August 31, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dawne DiNicola believes she has the best job anyone could ask for.   She has been a kindergarten teacher at Crosby Elementary School for 22 years.   "They are funny and they are happy. They are literal and innocent. And best of all, I get to see them grow," DiNicola told a Taconic High School gymnasium full of School Department employees.   DiNicola was one of 16 school employees to speak about their job at Monday's convocation at which all of the employees gathered to kick off a new school year, which opens on Tuesday.    "I'm just as excited today as I was 27 years ago," said Katie Wiater, the Herberg Middle

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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2016
01:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Tuesday, Sept. 6. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.


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7:00     Wells Road at Pine Valley
7:02     312 North State Road
7:03     688 North State Road
7:05     Route 8 at Arnold Court
7:15     Grove Street
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at Glenn
7:19     Commercial at

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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could save around $1.6 million and still get a quality education, Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco told them.

He calculated it would cost

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Mount Greylock Officials Make Case for School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock officials on Wednesday made their pitch to Lanesborough residents being courted by a neighboring school district.   In a nearly hourlong presentation in the Lanesborough Elementary School cafeteria, Mount Greylock's superintendent, principal, assistant principal and director of pupil services explained the things that they say make Mount Greylock a school worth preserving.   "What attracted me to Mount Greylock was, first, its reputation," said Doug Dias, who was hired as superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown "Tri District" earlier this year. "I've been principal of a high school for eight years.

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Austen Riggs Center Commends Berkshire Community Scholarship Recipient
01:14PM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Austen Riggs Center has announced that Christopher Broast is the 2015 recipient of the Austen Riggs Center Scholarship.  

Given annually since 1977, the scholarship is awarded to a graduating Berkshire Community College student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the behavioral sciences.

Broast is graduating with an associate degree in Human Services and will be attending the College of St. Rose in September. An army veteran who served in Iraq, Broast interned at Berkshire United Way and the Barrington Stage Company while a student at BCC.  

BCC staff member Jennifer Larkin said Broast has “been a very big positive presence on

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Adams, Mount Greylock District Taxpayers Invited to Three School Forums
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Monday, August 24, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — It is back to school week ... for North County taxpayers.   While most of the kids may have another week to enjoy the waning days of summer vacation, their parents and other voters are invited to three public forums focused on the present and possible future state of education in North Berkshire.   The first forum is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams.   BArT, which frequently draws fire as an alleged drain on resources from conventional public schools, is hosting the meeting to "address questions and concerns over school financing in Massachusetts."   The Adams Board of Selectmen and

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46 Honored For Completing Youth Works Summer Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:58PM / Friday, August 21, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This summer nearly 50 teenagers got their first taste of employment as part of the 11th annual youth works summer program.   On Friday, 46 students were honored at City Hall for completing the program that matches youth with employers.   Through Berkshire Works and the Berkshire Regional Employment Board, the state allocated $117,000 to create jobs for youth eligible for the program.   Each of the 54 who started the program were given work readiness training and then part-time positions with nearly 20 local employers.   "All of these employers have made a huge contribution to this program," said Kelly Groves, Berkshire Works Youth

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