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Massachusetts Schools Will Not Reopen This School Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:47PM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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BOSTON — Schools won't be reopening this school year.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the decision to continue remote learning through the end of the year and to extend the closure of non-essential child care centers through June.   "It's the right thing to do, considering the facts on the ground associated with the COVID-19 pandemic," he said at the daily update on the state's pandemic response. "At this point in time, there is no authoritative guidance, or advisories with respect to how to operate schools safely and how to get kids to and from schools safely. We believe students, therefore, cannot safely return to schools and

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MCLA Professor Named Outstanding Educator of the Year by Massachusetts Society of CPAs
11:43AM / Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams resident and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts assistant professor Tara Barboza has been selected as the 2020 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the professional association of certified public accountants, representing over 11,000 members. 

Each year, the MSCPA recognizes a full-time accounting educator at a college or university who has demonstrated excellence in a classroom teaching, motivating students and inspiring educational innovation.

Barboza was selected for her excellence in teaching and motivating students, as well as her contribution to the accounting profession, active

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Pittsfield Not Anticipating Reopening Schools
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, April 17, 2020
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School administrators are not anticipating on reopening buildings this school year.   Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School committee on Wednesday that although the governor could decide to reopen schools May 4, for planning purposes, Pittsfield administrators do not anticipate returning to public buildings.   "Our working assumption with our planning is that the school year with people gathered in school buildings is over," he said during the meeting held remotely and carried on Pittsfield Community Television. "We are taking this approach because we think it is the right thing to do to prepare for the very worst-case

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MCLA Professors, Accounting Students to Prepare Virtual Tax Returns Through VITA Program
10:12AM / Thursday, April 16, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two MCLA accounting professors and their students will again be preparing tax returns for local low-income residents — this time, virtually — through Habitat for Humanity's VITA program.

MCLA's new virtual VITA location, approved by the IRS, will be working through the end of April 2020 preparing eligible taxpayers' returns and helping ensure Berkshire County residents receive their coronavirus stimulus payment from the federal government. 

Individual taxpayers may be eligible for a $1,200 stimulus payment; married taxpayers filing jointly may be eligible for a 2,400 stimulus. In addition, taxpayers are eligible for an additional $500

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Pittsfield School Committee Without Draft Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With no Chapter 70 information currently available, the school district faces uncertainty in terms of building a budget.   The School Committee agreed Wednesday to, if possible, continue an upcoming budget hearing allowing more time to find possible solutions for looming deadlines.   "It seems preposterous to put out a budget when we don’t know if we will be funded or not," Chairwoman Kathrine Yon said. "... It is really wild right now."   Superintendent Jason McCandless first apologized for having little budget information in hand and said his team has struggled to build a budget without revenue

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Hoosac Valley Girls Promote Social Distancing, Support for Frontline Workers in Video
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The two-time state champion Hoosac Valley girls basketball team is sending a dual message with the video it created for social media this month.   Like a lot of basketball teams, the Hurricanes have caught the craze of posting a video montage of players who cannot gather in one place but can virtually unite as a ball is passed from outside the frame to each team member and then relayed to the next, who catches and passes in their own backyard or driveway.   The videos are a fun take on the concepts of social distancing and staying connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Hoosac Valley coach Ron Wojcik decided to put a different spin on

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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Discusses Bus Contract Adjustment During Prolonged Closure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee asked the district's superintendent Tuesday to negotiate an amended bus contract for the remainder of the COVID-19 closure.   The issue is that the buses are not running while school is not in session by order of Gov. Charlie Baker, but school officials are concerned that if the bus drivers, who currently are laid off, find other jobs, contractor Dufour Tours could have trouble filling those positions when schools reopen, whether that is next month or in September.   The district's assistant superintendent and business manager advised the subcommittee that it is a

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Mount Greylock Committee OKs 'Disappointing' Deal to Get Remote Learning Started
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted on Wednesday to approve a memorandum of agreement with the district's teachers that the entire committee characterized as "disappointing" but "the best we could do."   In a vote of 3-1 at a special remote meeting of the panel, it followed up an 80-minute executive session to review the MOA with a vote that set the parameters for "remote learning" in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Both the district's elementary schools and middle-high school have been closed since March 13, and public schools throughout the commonwealth are closed until at

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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
09:54AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Ella Biancolo, Emily Carmel and Angela Guachione, Pittsfield; Meredith (Mere) Hall, Adams; Ria Kedia, Pittsfield; Emma

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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement ceremonies.   President Jamie Birge on Thursday confirmed to the board of trustees what he'd written weeks before on the college's website: some way, some how there would be a presentation of diplomas.   "I can tell you we will have commencement, but we don't know the date of that yet," he said during the call-in meeting of the trustees. "We will

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