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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Committee to Select Coordinator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee has received two proposals for a coordinator for the next steps in planning out a combination Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., school district.   The committee will interview Public Consulting Group, which produced the feasibility report earlier this year, and the local Berkshire Educational Consulting Group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Stamford, beginning at 5:30 p.m.   The coordinator will dig into the details of what would have to happen for the two schools to merge, including educational standards, teacher contracts and licensure, transportation, education funding and state and congressional approvals.   PCG, out of

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:52PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 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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Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett, Nicholas

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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'
01:04PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are

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Clarksburg School Pushing Aggressive Time Line for New Entryway
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, November 08, 2019
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The  teachers are developing 'visible thinking' to engage students and visualize goals.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is pushing to have a new secure entryway installed before the end of February -- the deadline to use a $35,000 state grant.   The aggressive time frame means that teachers will be asked in upcoming negotiations to agree to a two-week holiday break, starting with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and ending on Friday, Jan. 3.   "It would be ideal to be able to start that on that day, given our timeline and the aggressiveness of getting this project done while students are not in the building," said Principal Tara

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Five Candidates Running for 3 North Adams School Committee Seats
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19PM / Monday, November 04, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are five candidates running for three four-year seats on the North Adams School Committee. The incumbents running for re-election are Karen Bond and Tara Jacobs; they are being challenged by Emily Daunis, Robert J. Moulton Jr. and David Sookey III. Another incumbent, Nicholas Fahey, is not standing for re-election.    Below are interviews with four candidates who were interviewed and/or attended candidate forums.   We were unable to connect with Bond but she is running for a second term, is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and holds a master's degree in clinical laboratory science from the Medical University of

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BCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Reorganizes Staff Positions
03:23PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus – as well as new titles for other current staff.

Maryann Carnes has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Carnes recently retired from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where she worked as the risk manager and subsequently as the diabetes educator and the program manager of care coordination and telehealth. She also has previously worked as an adjunct nursing instructor at BCC and has an associate degree in nursing from BCC, a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Elms College, and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2019 Awards
12:51PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its annual award ceremony on Oct. 5 to recognize the achievements of alumni and supporters of the college.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the college gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 alumni honorees, and remarks were given by MCLA President James F. Birge, MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Denise Marshall '81, and Alumni Association Board of Directors President Dan Summers II '07.

This year's award recipients are Chelsey Burke '11 (Young Alumna Award); Susan Gold (Outstanding Service to the College Award); Larry Gould '71 (Outstanding Educator Award); Todd

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Alicandri Siblings Take Top Drury High Spot Two Years in a Row
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the second consecutive year, an Alicandri has taken the top academic spot at Drury High School.    Francisco Alicandri, a senior and the student representative on the School Committee, was presented with the Superintendent's Certificate for Academic Excellence on Tuesday. His sister, Vincienza, had earned the same honor last year.    Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas, in making the award, explained that the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents allows each district to present the award to its highest ranking student but that Alicandri also on the same level as his peers across the

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McCann Scores High on MCAS Tests
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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The McCann School Committee reviews MCAS results.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High students once again scored highly on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests and the vocational high school is classified as "not requiring assistance or intervention."   "It has been another solid year and we are doing the same things we have always done and our kids are performing at the same level and they are getting a chance to shine," Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday. "We are in good shape."   Kratz said the test was different this year and has been "reshuffled." He said it is harder

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With Heating Set, Clarksburg School Turns to Security Upgrade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School expects to have plans in hand for a new security entrance in two weeks.    Principal Tara Barnes reported that Westall Architects is nearly completed with designs that will allow the project to be put to out to bid.   "They've been working on plans for a while, and they should have something else back Oct. 14," she told the School Committee and members of the renovation group on Thursday. "They've been working with some engineers and drawing the design in touch with folks who do the glass."   The school received a $35,000 state grant to address security concerns. Barnes said she had not detailed the

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