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Pittsfield Public Schools In-Person Learning Food Service Plans
02:55PM / Friday, October 09, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Public Schools announced the in-person learning food service plans, and all students returning to hybrid learning will be offered breakfast and lunch.   According to a press release released by the school district Friday afternoon, beginning on Wednesday, Oct 14 all students returning to hybrid in-person learning will be offered breakfast and lunch to take home via a "grab and go" bag.   Also, meals on-site, at each school, will be available for children starting in-person learning on Wednesday.   In addition, the Pittsfield Public Schools Foodservice Department will also offer meals to children not yet attending school in

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Lanesborough's DiLego Resigns From Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing politics and personal agendas that hamper the work of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, Lanesborough resident Regina DiLego has announced she is stepping down from the panel.   At its meeting at the middle-high school on Thursday, the committee will hear about DiLego's letter of resignation in an update from Chair Christina Conry.   On Wednesday afternoon, DiLego confirmed that she is the letter writer, unnamed on the meeting's agenda.   "I find that I am just not in alignment with the direction of the School Committee or the district, and it is in my soul's best interest to walk away," DiLego wrote in reply

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Two BArT Students Named In The National Merit Scholarship Program
05:39PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Two BArT Students Named "Commended Students" in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   Principal Sean Keogh, of Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced that Emma Danylin and Kyle Gwilt have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    A Letter of Commendation from the School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented to these seniors.   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5

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UPDATE: Williamstown Moves to Gray; No Change Triggered for Mount Greylock Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just two positive COVID-19 tests in the last 14 days, the town is moving out of the yellow and into the gray in the commonwealth's weekly community-level data report.   That means the Mount Greylock Regional School District does not have to move back to remote instruction for its three public schools.   School officials and families were keeping a close eye on the weekly release of data from the commonwealth because of a trigger in the district's reopening plan. Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional School will go fully remote if either of the district's member towns are rated

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Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Training Graduates 56
11:37AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite interruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 56 trainees completed their training as part of the Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Program.    Some 21 unemployed and underemployed participants received certificates of completion for their participation in Introduction to Basic Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training held at Taconic High School in Pittsfield and McCann Technical School in North Adams. The training was 120 hours.   Six trainees completed training in MIG and TIG Welding held McCann Tech. The training combined classroom, hands-on as well as virtual training through ToolingU on-line manufacturing. Trainees received instruction in

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BCC TRIO Student Support Services Program Renewed
11:28AM / Monday, October 05, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College TRIO Student Support Services program has been renewed with a $1.4 million award.   In August, The U.S. Department of Education announced that Berkshire Community College's (BCC) TRIO Student Support Services grant program was renewed for five years, with an award of $1,473,625 to help students succeed in and graduate from college.    BCC's program will receive $294,725 per year, allowing it to continue serving 165 students per academic year through 2025.   TRIO grants are awarded every five years on a competitive basis, with a total of $270 million allocated to 968 institutions by the federal government in

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BCC To Host Virtual Info-Sessions
03:07PM / Friday, October 02, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Admissions team is hosting virtual information session events.   These sessions are designed to help students enroll in classes this spring. This October, the sessions will be on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:00 p.m.   The virtual info-sessions include conversations with Admissions Counselors about applying, registering for classes, financial aid opportunities, and what the spring semester will look like. Registration for these virtual info-sessions are available at www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse.   During the virtual info-session, prospective students of all ages can ask questions about

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PPS Considering MASC For Superintendent Search
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Friday, October 02, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee will review its options for the upcoming superintendent search but is leaning toward using the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.    The committee heard from MASC Executive Director Glenn Koocher last week who outlined the free technical service offered to member districts undergoing a superintendent search.   "I think we have been served well by them over the years," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said. "... We have paid over the years to get other services, and I think they can do it as well as anybody."   Current Superintendent Jason McCandless was hired away by the Mount Greylock Regional

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BCC Host Non-profit Institute Workshop
08:43AM / Thursday, October 01, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College to host an eight-part Non-profit Institute workshop series starting Oct. 1.   Berkshire Community College (BCC) will begin hosting the Non-profit Institute, which runs eight consecutive workshop sessions weekly, on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00 pm via Zoom, Oct. 1 through  Nov. 19.   This program offers an overview of resource development functions. Open to nonprofit staff, board members and community volunteers, discussion will focus on real world needs and daily challenges.    Participants may enroll in the eight-part series for $250; the fee for each separate session is $40.   Instructor Abbie von

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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Backing Off Field Advisory Group Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:04PM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The finance subcommittee of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week discussed abandoning plans to recommend the full committee appoint an advisory panel to answer questions the elected officials had about a proposal to build an artificial turf field at the middle-high school.   As recently as mid-July, that is the course the subcommittee advocated, but it felt the School Committee should hold off on forming the advisory group until the fall.   On Thursday, Carolyn Greene said that between the November election that promises at least three new members of the seven-person School Committee and a looming deadline the district faces to bring

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