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Pipe Failure Causes 'Significant Flooding' in Mount Greylock School
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09:13PM / Saturday, March 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A portion of the newly renovated Mount Greylock Regional School sustained significant water damage after a joint on a water main pipe failed on Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady said in an email to the school community on Saturday evening.


 

A "T-joint" failed in the wall between the Guidance Suite and first-floor bathrooms located near the gymnasium, causing the water to flow upward and shower through the ceiling tiles into the Guidance Suite and bathrooms.

According to the email, the water was quickly turned off, but "significant flooding" did occur in the Guidance Suite, bathroom and hallway leading to the gym. In the

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

High honors

Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; Mahar, Nathan; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Rose, Christopher; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey; Williams, Hanna; Yeaton, Aleasia.

Bailey, Matthew; Burdick, Allie; Champney, Molly; Cirullo, Connor; Dean, Kaeli;

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Mount Greylock Proposes Smaller Budget to Lanesborough
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:23AM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The news of a smaller school budget for fiscal 2021 was welcomed on all fronts in Lanesborough.   Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Kimberley Grady presented the preliminary school budget to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Selectmen on Wednesday night.   "There will be a very slight decrease from last year's budget," Grady told the assembled town officials. She was assisted by members of the district's administration including Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald, Lanesborough Elementary Principal Nolan Pratt, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Andrea Wadsworth and several members of the

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MCLA Spring Theatre Season Kicks Off With 'Topdog/Underdog'
05:01PM / Monday, March 02, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts theater program kicks off its spring season with Suzan-Lori Parks' "Topdog/Underdog."

The play will be directed by visiting guest artist Rodney Creech, with student John Archer-Harvey serving as assistant director.

"Topdog/Underdog" opens on Friday, March 6, with additional shows on March 7, 10, 11, and 12. All performances begin at 8 p.m. There will be additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on March 7 and 8. A talk-back with Creech and the cast will be held after the March 8 matinee performance. General admission tickets are $15.

The play explores the lives of two brothers, Lincoln and

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Mount Greylock, WES Principals Refute Social Media Rumors about Career Changes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:05PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The principals of Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School on Thursday stepped forward to refute claims on social media regarding their respective decisions to step down from their current positions.   "The assertion that my decision is connected to the district administration is simply wrong," Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald told the district's School Committee.   "In my seven years back at Mount Greylock — because I did teach here for three years — I have enjoyed so much great collaboration with colleagues, some of whom are here today, students and community

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Hoosac Valley Braces for Potential Budget Cuts to Close $480K Gap
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, February 27, 2020
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The School Committee will see different budget presentations in March. CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Hoosac Valley Regional School District is bracing for a tough budget cycle and will work with Adams and Cheshire to make up budget gaps.   Superintendent Aaron Dean told the School Committee on Monday that he has already met with Adams officials to discuss the fiscal 2021 budget that in its early form is $480,000 short.   "The reality is that we have to close a gap of $480,000 at this time given the numbers on the cherry sheet and the normal increases in the budget," he said. "We will restructure and we will continue to do great things with kids we just have to

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Mt. Greylock Regional School to Present 'Anything Goes'
08:55PM / Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School students in grades seven through 12 will perform the musical comedy "Anything Goes' on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27, 28 and 29, at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1781 Cold Spring Road.

"Anything Goes" takes place in the mid-1930s onboard the luxury liner SS American between New York Harbor and London, England. Billy Crocker (ninth-grader Sam Tucker-Smith), a young assistant to Wall Street tycoon Elisha J. Whitney (10th-grader Jonah Hane), a passenger on the ship, decides to stow away in hopes of wooing his long-lost love and wealthy debutante, Hope Harcourt (12-grader Ashtyn Faas), who is

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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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