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New Pittsfield School Committee Meets for the First Time
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
08:48AM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The new School Committee met for the first time on Wednesday with two fresh faces.

In line with tradition, the committee appointed its organizational positions for the term. In unanimous votes, William Cameron was elected as the chair, Daniel Elias as vice chair, and Mark Brazeau as the clerk.

"I would like to thank the School Committee for selecting me to chair this body," Cameron said.  "Election for the position of chairperson is an honor."

New members Sarah Hathaway and Vicky Smith were welcomed to the committee. Hathaway, a former Pittsfield mayor, thanked the district's staff members, students, and families for their resilience

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BCC to Host Virtual Nursing Info Sessions
07:58AM / Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer three virtual information sessions for students interested or enrolled in the Fall 2022 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.    One-hour sessions, held via Zoom, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 12 pm and 5 pm and Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12 pm. To register for an info session, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/nursinginfo and scroll down to the "ADN Info Sessions Details & Sign up" for a list of Zoom registration links.   Completing an information session is mandatory for all ADN students. The sessions provide an opportunity for prospective nursing students to learn more about BCC's programs,

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School Mask Requirement Extended to Feb. 28
04:44PM / Monday, January 10, 2022
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BOSTON — The requirement for face coverings in public schools has been extended through Feb. 28.   The requirement for masking had initially been approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last August to expire on Oct. 1; that was extended to Nov. 1 and then again to Jan. 15.    DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley on Monday alerted school districts that that masking would continue to at least Feb. 28 and possibly beyond that, pending changes in pandemic guidelines.    "The mask requirement remains an important measure to keep students safe in school at this time," the extension announcement stated.    Schools that meet the 80

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BCC Fall Nursing Program Deadline
12:56PM / Friday, January 07, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The deadline to apply to Berkshire Community College (BCC)'s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program for the fall 2022 semester is Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.    Admissions into the nursing program are based on space availability and follow a competitive process.    The BCC nursing program, which is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, is a sequence of lectures, skills training, laboratory and clinical courses. Graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination to become registered nurses (RNs).    For more

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Pittsfield Closes Taconic, Reid Because of Staff Shortages
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:19PM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School and Reid Middle School will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 6, and Friday, Jan. 7, because the schools do not have enough staff to open. Both schools are anticipated to reopen on Monday but families will be notified by Sunday.

Superintendent Joseph Curtis had cautioned on Wednesday that school closures could happen because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

He sent out a video and written communication to Pittsfield Public School families announcing that the current, historically high case counts could eventually warrant the closure of one, many, or all schools.

There is no set metric for school closure but the cases have been rising

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1Berkshire Launch Youth Leadership Class Applications
08:04AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire's Berkshire Youth Leadership Program (YLP) announced that it has relaunched and is accepting applications for the YLP class of 2022-2023.   The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, open to all current sophomores in the Berkshires, selects a cohort of up to 30 motivated students from all backgrounds for this ten-month experience that will allow them to explore the regional economy and develop their leadership skills.    Once selected, students will begin the program with a 3-day, 3-night retreat from June 9-12, at the conclusion of their sophomore year. At the retreat, students will meet for the first time, begin to build deep

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Governor Says Schools Will Remain Open
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02:19PM / Monday, January 03, 2022
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SALEM, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker gave no indication that the schools will go remote this year despite the rising cases of COVID-19.   Speaking at Saltonstall School early Monday morning, the governor noted that his administration has "aggressively partnered" with schools across the state to ensure they could safely open in the new year.    "We said for quite awhile from the beginning of the school year, and in fact al the way back to last spring, that it was critically important for kids to be back in school for a number of reasons," he said during the livestream event, pointing to the potential affects of remote learning on social development,

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Berkshire High School Athletics 2021: A Year In Review
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:52PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
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"Normal" may still be a long way off.   But some of the usual suspects were back in their normal positions, at the top of the heap, during 2021's sports seasons.   The state's high school athletics governing body went 14 months without awarding a state championship. And once it did, a Berkshire County dynasty claimed another one.   The trend continued in the fall when one perennial power defended its state title and another earned a return trip to the biggest sports venue in New England.   Here is a look back at some of the athletes and teams making headlines in 2021.   Taconic baseball Coach Kevin Stannard's program earned its fourth straight

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Lanesborough School Presents Budget Requests to School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Monday, December 20, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lanesborough Elementary School is looking to add staffing for the 2022-23 school year, though one of the increases may not be a permanent addition.   Principal Nolan Pratt was before the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee recently to lay out the budget requests that have been approved by Lanesborough Elementary's School Council.   That body is recommending the fiscal 2023 budget include space to hire an additional full-time teacher and move an occupational therapist position from part-time to full-time status. The council also is seeking funds to make technological upgrades in five classrooms at Lanesborough.   The additional full-time

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BCC Hosts Admissions Info Sessions
08:06AM / Thursday, December 16, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) kicks off the new year with two free Virtual General Information Sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 4 pm and Thursday, Jan. 20 at 12 pm.    The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.    Virtual General Information Session participants can:  Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register, and choose classes  Learn about BCC's affordability and its financial aid options  Hear from staff about quality programs and student support

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