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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
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10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course called LPN to RN Mobility, as a CPR Instructor, and as an

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Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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LEE, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has completed its initial mission of determining options for local schools facing difficult economic and academic futures.    Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution of a single countywide school district.    William Cameron, task force member and retired superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District, presented the coalition's goals to the meeting of Region VI of the Massachusachusetts Association of School Committees last week.   The task force last met on Sept. 22, he said,

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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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LEE, Mass. — Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year.    And the legislators urged them to keep up the pressure.    "The pressure we feel at home can translate into action at the State House," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, explaining that when they speak with legislative leaders, "I can go and say this is the most important issue in Pittsfield."   But while the Pittsfield representative is a firm believer in grassroots activism, she said the critical part of the equation is finding new revenue.    "We're underfunding

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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger

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PHS Graduates Honored For Scoring Well On AP Exams
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12:42PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-nine Pittsfield High School students have been recognized for acing Advanced Placement examines.    Two students, Adam Shepardson and Stephen Taglieri, were named National AP Scholars. Shepardson is now attending Brown University and Taglieri is attending George Mason University. The designation is given to students who receive a score of at least 4 on all AP exams or a score of 4 or better on eight or more of the exams.   "We are very proud of our AP program at Pittsfield High School. Not only our AP scholars but also that our courses are open to all students," Principal Henry Duval said at last week's School Committee

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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park.   Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeeper's building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.   "We are going to fund all of the materials and stuff," Coscia said. "We'd like to get to it before the winter but I'm not 100 percent sure if we can or not."   The Little League is also

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Pittsfield Dedicates Adult Learning Center To William Stickney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, September 21, 2018
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William Travis, former superintendent of the Pittsfield schools, shares stories of Adult Learning Center founder Bill Stickney at the renaming of the center in Stickney's honor on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk.    Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office.   That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.   "The office wasn't going to close. It was always going to be

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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New Taconic Opens to Fanfare But Not Without Hiccups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Thursday, September 13, 2018
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The new Taconic High opened with 820 students, up more than 100 from last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new Taconic High School opened on time, on budget, and with tremendous fanfare.    But not everything is perfect. The building isn't 100 percent complete yet and traffic on Valentine Road has become very problematic. But the doors are open and a ribbon-cutting featuring state officials is scheduled for Oct. 19.   "Taconic opened up on time. We are on budget. And we are done-ish," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The auditorium is still under construction and students haven't been allowed in there. That was eyed as the very last

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