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Mount Greylock School Committee Chair Vacates Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:59PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in eight months, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee is one member short.   Chairman Dan Caplinger on Friday informed the district's superintendent and his colleagues on the committee that he is stepping down from the elected office "effective immediately."   The move comes less than a year after then-Chairman Joe Bergeron, also of Williamstown, informed the district that he was relocating out of state and no longer would be able to serve on the committee.   Caplinger gave no specific reason for his departure when he spoke to Superintendent Kimberley Grady on Friday afternoon, she

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Mount Greylock Likely to Stay with Winter/Spring Vacation Weeks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It likely will be at least another year before the Mount Greylock Regional School District considers a move away from the traditional February and April vacation schedule.   And it looks like a switch to a single week off in March may not be in the cards at all.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady last week presented a tentative 2020-21 academic calendar to the School Committee for its consideration. As drafted, the calendar would stick to the familiar practice of a week off starting with the Presidents Day holiday in February and another commencing with Patriots Day in April.   The committee has in the past discussed whether it made sense to switch

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College Notes: January & February 2020
04:19PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Seniors in the shared self-designed research components with the Newton campus community at a recent showcase, including two local students.   Allison Wheeler of Adams shared "Plastic Planet: Combating Global Pollution Through Politics and Personal Accountability."    "Plastic bag bans are being instituted across the state, the country, and the world, and the grocery store I work at is located in a city with a plastic bag ban," she said. "As an environmental studies student, I am always asking myself, 'How do you influence the average person to adapt environmentally-friendly habits?' The second part of my componetn study

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BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff, Reorganizes Staff Positions
03:29PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Dr. Emily Williams has been hired as special assistant to the Human Resources director. Williams holds a master of arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. from Clark Atlanta University. She received a certificate in management and leadership in education from Harvard University. Williams has worked in academia since 1990 in various capacities as provost/vice president of academic affairs, academic dean, department chair, and tenured professor. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in the early 2000s to the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus, Kingston). Williams

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:50PM / Sunday, February 02, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

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Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett, Brooke McKeon, Garcia Mongue, Eduardo Mottos, Rowan Weber, and Andy Zheng.

Josafeena Bell, Bishop Casey, Frederick Grant, Dareen Hage, Alonna Hall, Audrey Larkin, Hailey Loynes, Emerson Maloney, Nicholas Martinez, Vincent Miksic, Levi Miller, Camryn

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Pittsfield to Begin Community Discussion About Police in Schools
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Thursday, January 30, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will begin a discussion on the role of police officers in the public school system.   The City Council had a lengthy conversation Tuesday on a petition put forward by Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio in regard to filling the vacant resource officer position at Reid Middle School and agreed that the city needs to have a wider conversation about police officers in the classroom.   "That is a much bigger discussion that I think is worth having, and I do think that it will require a lot of community input and community engagement," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "I understand both sides of the issue and I understand the anxiety that staff

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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Monday, January 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.   Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.   "This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we

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Pittsfield School Committee Discuss Master Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:34AM / Sunday, January 26, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There's a sense of urgency to conduct the districtwide master plan for the Pittsfield Public Schools.    Mayor Linda Tyer told the rest of the School Committee on Wednesday that she recently toured some of the schools and felt that the district needs to begin the master planning process sooner than later.   "I am concerned about the disparity of our school facilities and school buildings as it relates to neighborhoods versus other neighborhoods," she said. "I really hope that the committee can move forward with the school master planning process ... I enjoy spending time in the schools but it reminds me that we have some work to

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
04:48PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its fall 2019 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

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Allison Armata, Rebekah Baker, Madeline Zelazo

Grace Kelley

Michaela Larkin, Kia

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Pittsfield School Committee Reorganizes
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield School Committee will see little change in its governance after reorganizing last week.    Superintendent Jason McCandless handed the gavel to Chairwoman Katherine Yon after the committee unanimously voted to re-elect her as chairman.   "I am honored you have the faith in my leadership as we work together for the Pittsfield Public Schools," Yon said.    Daniel Elias was elected vice chairman and William Cameron was elected clerk.   Yon took a moment to welcome newly elected School Committee members Mark Brazeau and Alison McGee.   Yon said Brazeau has three children who went through the school system and

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