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Taconic Construction: Mechanical Systems, Exterior Progressing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Wednesday, September 06, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is just one more school year left for the current Taconic High School.   Across the driveway, workers have been constructing a new $120.8 million school. On a daily basis, an average of 150 workers under different subcontracts and companies report to the site every morning. The project has crossed the 50 percent completion mark and is on pace for substantial completion in June.    Much of the focus now is on enclosing the building. The plan is to have the exterior sealed up before Nov. 1 when the heat comes on. The exterior includes a significant amount of glass, much of which is currently going up in various sections of the

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New School Year Starting in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wednesday marks another year for the Pittsfield School Department.   Teachers have already returned to classrooms ahead of time but Wednesday morning, teachers, local officials, and members of the Police and Fire departments will stand outside of the city's elementary schools rolling out the red carpet for the children who will enter the doors.   Wednesday is the first day for elementary, sixth-graders, and ninth-graders; the rest of the students return on Thursday, bringing enrollment up to more than 5,500 throughout the 12 city schools.   "I'm always personally very glad to see this time of year roll back around," said

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Berkshire Education Task Force Sets Strategy for Outreach
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on a strategy for reporting its findings and getting feedback from town and school officials and the general public.   At a meeting on Saturday facilitated by the task force's consultants from Boston's District Management Group, the panel hammered out the language it will use to guide task force members as they make presentations to select boards, city councils and school committees throughout the county this fall.   The first presentation will come in the form of a webinar for school superintendents, principals and teachers union representatives on Sept. 19.   The task force will use

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Berkshire Community College Launches New Education Department
01:43PM / Friday, August 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College has launched a new education department, combining and expanding the early childhood education and elementary education programming into one unified field of study.

Patricia Kay, the associate professor and chair of the Education Department at BCC, designed the new Education Department. She worked closely with community partners, coalition groups and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to ensure the new department fit the needs of childcare providers here in the Berkshires.

"We went out to the community and we asked them if the cohort program at BCC would work for the childcare professionals, and overwhelmingly we heard yes,

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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
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  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is just a blast," new Executive Director Jay White said. "It is not as good as being in the path of totality but just look around — they are just so excited."   White, a former astrophysics professor, shared his excitement with the school community and made sure each student and faculty member had a set of eclipse glasses to safely view the event.   The

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