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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
09:55PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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BOSTON, Mass. ─ Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on March  30.

Cheryl Bassett and Mary Mick were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system and were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

Every year, MCCEO hosts this event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the 15 college system. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the

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Pittsfield Residents Oppose School Budget Cuts at Public Hearing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
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Ava Mungin got roaring applause for her comments in defense of the work the paraprofessionals do for the students. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ava Mungin is who children come to when they need help.   When they are hungry, they go to Mungin. When they are sick, they go to Mungin. When they want to get off drugs, they go to Mungin.    "I've given them hope I've given them a sense of self-worth and confidence.I do this every day," Mungin said.   She is a special education paraprofessional at Pittsfield High School and most recently she's been working with a student who can't speak, but is able to walk and use crosswalks because of

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Haas Foundation Grants 10K For Manufacturing Scholarships at Taconic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School manufacturing students will now have an easier time pursuing careers thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation.   The Haas Foundation is granting the program $10,000 to provide scholarships to graduates. The foundation was started with a $20 million donation by the owner of Haas Automation, a company that builds manufacturing machines.   "We make anything that makes something else. If it cuts metal, wood, plastic, glass, ceramic, our machines can handle it. Our machines are used very widely in the workforce, which is perfect for schools. It gives schools the ability to teach what an actual shop environment is," said sales advocate

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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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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