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Wahconah Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Building Feasibility Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — Nearly 75 percent of those voting in the Central Berkshire Regional School District on Saturday cast ballots to move the district forward in the process of renovating or replacing Wahconah Regional High School.   The question was whether the district should spend $850,000 on a feasibility study to look at options for the 56-year-old school.   The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse the district for between 50 and 54 percent of the cost of the feasibility study, according to district officials. The same reimbursement rate from MSBA would apply if and when the district decides to move forward with any building project.   On Saturday,

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County's Students Inspired To 'Envision Their Future' At Youth Conference
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:31AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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Some of the workshops got the students more in touch with their artistic side, while others taught students about job-searching resources available in the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass, — The morning started with a "when I was your age" type story from children's author Ty Allan Jackson.   Jackson was speaking over the sound of the rain beating on the top of a large party tent. His audience: just about 120 high school students from across the county. When he was their age, the ghettos of New York City had broken education systems, there were issues of poverty and crime. And nobody was listening to the what those in the neighborhood had to say.   It was those

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Girls Inc. of the Berkshires Announces Scholarship Winners
02:45PM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, home of Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, has announced this year's scholarship winners.

The following scholarship recipients will be awarded at the annual Ruth P. Boraski Celebration Evening, to be held at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, May 4. This year, the Brigham Center is excited to be awarding $10,000 in scholarships.

These scholarships are based on financial need, academic success and demonstrated involvement in community service. Scholarships are generously underwritten by: the Ruth P. Boraski Fund for Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, Berkshire Community College Foundation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com.


St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for the 2017-2018 school year. Openings are available in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Schedule a shadow day at 413-743-1091.

 

Kindergarten registration has begun for the Clarksburg Elementary School. Call the school at 413-663-8735 to register your child for the fall. Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2017.

 

The Gabriel Abbott Memorial School has begun the

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Pittsfield Considering Cutting 73.5 Jobs In School Department
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Thursday, April 06, 2017
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Superintendent Jason McCandless is holding firm on a $500,000 expenditure to change out curriculum materials. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School Committee member Daniel Elias was at the bank the other day when he ran into two school employees, both of whom could be among the dozens of workers to lose their jobs this upcoming year.   "We can't lose sight of the faces that are attached to these numbers," Elias said.   Elias is just one vote on the School Committee that was presented a budget on Wednesday which calls for the elimination of 73.5 full-time equivalent positions.   Those are 29.4 teachers or 5.1 percent of the district's entire teaching staff.

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BArT Charter Public School Announces New Executive Director
01:05PM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of BART Charter Public School has named James "Jay" C. White II as the school's executive director, starting June 19.

Trustee Chair Charles Swabey said White will bring to BArT more than 30 years of teaching, administrative and fundraising experience in a variety of settings, including middle and high school, colleges and universities, and national and international nonprofit organizations.

White currently serves as provost, dean of the college, and professor of physics at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., which he joined in 2015.

Swabey said White was inspired to apply for the executive director position by a visit to

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Wahconah's Apollonian Players Present '42nd Street'
11:47AM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Apollonian Players of Wahconah Regional High School will present the Broadway musical extravaganza "42nd Street" on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 8, at 1 and 7 p.m.  

The play is under the direction of Pamela Fortlage-Gold, assisted by Liz Daniels, with musical direction by Ann-Marie Desautelle and choreography by Vickie Hornstein.

One of showbusiness’s most classic and beloved tales, "42nd Street" tells the story of Peggy Sawyer ((Aleksandra Tsangarides), a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway.

Peggy arrives to New York City from her hometown of Allentown,

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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
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02:47PM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.   "On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and

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Taconic Students Fix Historic Eagle Flag-Topper From Veterans Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Monday, April 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The copper eagle that was perched on the top of the flag pole in Veterans Memorial Park on South Street lost a wing. But, thanks to Taconic High School students, it is ready to soar again.   It was at a Veterans Day ceremony two years ago when City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo looked up and saw something was off. Veterans Service Officer James Clark took out some binoculars and sure enough, the copper eagle only had one wing.    "I imagine what happened at that time was the way the flag whips, it got caught on one of the wings and overtime tore it off. It was completely missing. It wasn't even around," Clark said.    In the fall,

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and want to include him is because Frani does," Donna Narey said. "She sets the tone for inclusion, not only for her class

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