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Wahconah High Officials Show Deficiencies With Current Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. — Visitors to Wahconah Regional High School frequently see one of the best football facilities in the county and a packed gymnasium filled with banners and get the impression that nothing needs to change.   But look behind the scenes, and the nearly 60-year-old building has issues, issues that Central Berkshire Regional School District officials hope to address with a new high school.   Last week, Wahconah Principal Aaron Robb conducted a building tour as part of the district's outreach effort in advance of an April 6 bond exclusion vote that will allow the district to move forward with a $70-$74 million project that would be funded in part by the

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:34PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

High honors

Beany, Jeremy; Blake, Hope; Brown, Lauren; Cote, Robert; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Guiden, James; Knapp, Evan; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Santelli, Jonathan; Tetlow, Aubrey; Vanuni, Kalley; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail.

Baran, Ryan; Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Ellis, Natalie 2020,

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Rotary Announces 2018-2019 Service Above Self Award Recipients
01:12PM / Friday, February 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Rotary Club President John Perreault and Service Above Self Award Chair Joan DiMartino presented six local students with "Service Above Self" awards.

This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others.  The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

DiMartino and committee members Jay and Kelly Marion, reviewed a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the six awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.  

"It certainly was not an easy task, but it was truly heartwarming

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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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 2018-19 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."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

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Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha

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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 33rd Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show
02:53PM / Monday, January 28, 2019
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In celebration of Norman Rockwell's 125th birthday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the 33rd annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the young artists and at 2:30 p.m. hear a lecture from acclaimed illustrator Gregory Manchess, whose work is also currently on view at the museum.

In the tradition of Norman Rockwell, who began his professional career as a teenager, the High School Art Show celebrates the creative talent found in Berkshire County's local high schools. Original works in all media — from painting and

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Governor's Proposed Budget Is Good News For Pittsfield Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, January 25, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor's proposed budget for fiscal 2020 brings good news to the Pittsfield Public Schools.   Gov. Charlie Baker released his proposed budget on Wednesday along with the "cherry sheets" that list the local and school aid for municipalities. As proposed, the city would see a $3.7 million increase in Chapter 70 aid for schools. That would make two consecutive years in which the district saw a significant boost in funding.    "This is a substantive increase in Chapter 70 money for the city of Pittsfield,"  Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The superintendent is still waiting on the details as to how the

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Pittsfield Schools Take Aim at Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No written policy is ever going to fully address chronic absenteeism.    Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis believes that because he's been a principal when the district has had strict attendance policies. He tried raffles and giveaways to incentivize students to go to school and it never worked. He'd meet with families who wouldn't even realize the number of days their child missed or that there was even a policy.   However, not having a policy doesn't help either because once the policy fell into disuse, the number of absentee students increased.    Particularly, the district faces chronic absenteeism from those from

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MCLA Opens 125th Year With New Strategies, Initiatives
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some legislators are calling it the "year of education" but for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it's not about one year but about 125 years of education.

The college will celebrate its quasquicentennial in 2019 with a series of events, exhibitations, signage and celebrations. President Jamie Birge announced the anniversary along with other college news as the spring semester kickoff breakfast held in the Centennial Room on Tuesday morning.

Established in 1894 as the North Adams Normal School to train teachers, the college has gone through a number of names and some significant academic and physical changes over the past 125 years. It

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Miss Hall's School Names Business Administrator
02:10PM / Friday, January 18, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has named Helen Telfer of Newcastle, Maine, as the school's director of finance and operations.

Telfer, who brings 28 years of experience as a financial manager to the school, most recently served as chief financial and operating officer at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. She also previously served as director of finance and operations at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine, and as chief financial officer at the Long Trail School in Dorset, Vt.

At Miss Hall's, Telfer works with senior administration and the Board of Trustees to ensure fiscally responsible and mission-aligned decision-making. Her role includes overseeing all

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Heating System Repairs Eyed For Reid Middle School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Thursday, January 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A few classrooms at Reid Middle School have been closed off because of high levels of carbon dioxide.    Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Wednesday that recent testing done by the state revealed the issue. He said the elevated levels of carbon dioxide stem from the heating exhaust system and that will need to be redone in February.    "We took them offline as heating season began out of an abundance of concern," McCandless said.    McCandless said the issue appears to have "been going on for some time." The classrooms are now closed off and he said the city's Building Maintenance Department has worked on

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