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Berkshire Money Management To Sponsor Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator
11:39AM / Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. —  Berkshire Money Management has committed $30,000 to sponsoring the Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator program at the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Innovation Center.

Berkshire E-Talent Accelerator (BETA) is open to high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates countywide, and is an experiential learning program that will expose students to local STEM career opportunities.    The goal of the program is to immerse students in fundamentals critical to these career paths and teach them to utilize the advanced equipment and community mentors available through the Berkshire Innovation Center. There were more than 40 applicants for the fall module and

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Pittsfield Public Schools Announce Transition Plans for In-Person Learning
10:42AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools released an in-person learning transition plan and anticipates bringing back the first group of students Wednesday, Oct. 14    The Pittsfield Public Schools released a press release Tuesday morning outlining its in-person transition plan that will first return grades preK, kindergarten, 1, 2, 6, and 9 on Oct. 14.   "With schools serving as an important part of the infrastructure of communities, the timeline associated with the shift from online learning to in-person classroom instruction is impacted by many factors," the press release reads. "Driven by reliable public health data, as well as considerations

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1Berkshire Commences Youth Leadership Program Class of 2021
08:56AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 11th 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program commences virtually.    1Berkshire recently began the formal sessions of its 11th class of the Berkshire Youth Leadership Program. This group of 32 high school juniors from all corners of the Berkshires assembled for the first time on Zoom in late July, held its project design session in August, and began the formal portion of the program in mid-September with a session focused on social justice and equity.   This online approach is necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping young leaders in the region develop and grow through career

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Mount Greylock School Committee Gets Report on Start of School Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Tuesday evening plans a community forum on the start of the school year.   The School Committee last Thursday heard that things are going as well as can be expected as the PreK-12 district re-invents the way it teaches students during the COVID-19 pandemic.   "We are really appreciative of the fact that we've had a couple of weeks of remote learning actually, despite some challenges," said Joelle Brookner, who this summer transitioned from being principal at Williamstown Elementary School to being director of curriculum and instruction for the district.   "Bringing in small

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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
01:02PM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BART) Charter Public School is currently accepting applications for students in grades six through nine for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades six through ten for the 2021-2022 school year.    The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year will be Thursday, Oct. 29 at 12:00 p.m. The first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year will be in Jan. 2021; date TBA.    More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org.    Despite COVID-19

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Mount Greylock Tapping Reserves to Cover High Cost of COVID-19 Expenses
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, September 28, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday learned the financial impact of COVID-19 on the two-town school district.   Business Manager Joe Bergeron laid out the known budget impacts and talked about some of the costs still to come, and the price tag is steep: $680,000 at the moment.   More than half, $355,000 is covered by state grants the district has received, but on Thursday he asked the School Committee to approve pulling up to $325,000 from the district's School Choice and tuition revolver accounts.   The School Committee unanimously approved that suggestion to draw down reserves, which means that, for now, the school district will

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MassDOT High School Video Contest
02:03PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
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BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the seventh annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest.   The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. The contest, which began in 2014, encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of roadway safety across all travel modes to try to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.   "We are pleased to provide high school students with the opportunity to participate in this valuable exercise to underscore the need to

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Pittsfield School Officials Affirm Decision on Braves' Replacement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee affirmed its decision to replace the Taconic mascot on Wednesday.   A vote on Wednesday was taken to clarify the procedure in accepting and then filing a petition two weeks ago from a group of citizens who are against changing the name from the Braves.    "I think we are wading here into a parliamentary morass," committee member William Cameron said. "The point of the vote has been lost sight of as we struggle to find words to satisfy those people who won't be satisfied by anything but rescinding the vote."    School officials voted in August to eliminate the name, but the item was

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Mount Greylock School Committee 'Ticket': No Intent To Be Divisive
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Read the platform of the Greylock Forward ticket for the Mount Greylock School Committee, and it is clear that the candidates' intent was to promote inclusion and healing in the school district.   Imagine the candidates' surprise when they were accused of being a source of division in local politics.   "When you put your hat in the ring, you have no idea who else is putting their hat in the ring," candidate Jose Constantine said. "It's hard to know how to engage or who to engage with.   "Hindsight is 20/20. Could we have managed it differently and been more inclusive? Certainly. But our intention was never to

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Pittsfield School Cafeteria Workers Seek Answers on Employment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School officials say they hope at some point to bring back most of the cafeteria workers who were told they would be laid off earlier this month.    The workers and supporters held a rally on Park Square on Tuesday to express their frustration at being pink-slipped despite the work they had been doing during the pandemic.    During public comment Wednesday, the School Committee heard from a few cafeteria workers who felt unappreciated and unsure about where their future lied in the school district.   "We stepped up when everyone else was in quarantine, everyone else got to go home and be safe with their families," cafeteria worker

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