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Berkshire Community College Launches New Education Department
01:43PM / Friday, August 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College has launched a new education department, combining and expanding the early childhood education and elementary education programming into one unified field of study.

Patricia Kay, the associate professor and chair of the Education Department at BCC, designed the new Education Department. She worked closely with community partners, coalition groups and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to ensure the new department fit the needs of childcare providers here in the Berkshires.

"We went out to the community and we asked them if the cohort program at BCC would work for the childcare professionals, and overwhelmingly we heard yes,

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BArT Students Look Skyward on First Day of School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Monday, August 21, 2017
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  ADAMS, Mass. — It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.    But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.   "This is just a blast," new Executive Director Jay White said. "It is not as good as being in the path of totality but just look around — they are just so excited."   White, a former astrophysics professor, shared his excitement with the school community and made sure each student and faculty member had a set of eclipse glasses to safely view the event.   The

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Learns Impact on Tax Rate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Clarksburg School renovation and expansion is projected to add between $3.20 and $3.25 per $1,000 of valuation to the tax bill, but the town administrator said there are things that will mitigate that impact.   The School Building Committee met Tuesday to discuss the financing of the project and its outreach efforts ahead of a Sept. 27 special town meeting and planned Oct. 10 vote on a debt exclusion to pay for the project.   The committee received some good news from Superintendent Jon Lev, who reported that the reimbursement rate from the Massachusetts School Building Authority is higher than previously anticipated.   "In the end,

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BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2017
01:21PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary and high school students in the North Adams Public Schools in Grades K-8, and Drury students newly transferring from another school, will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.On Friday, Sept. 1, all students in kindergarten through grade twelve will attend.Both Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 are full days of school.Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools starting on Aug. 31. One breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. Additional meals may be purchased for a fee. You may contact Cory Nicholas, food service director, at 413-776-1631 or cnicholas@napsk12.org with any questions.Cancellations are listed on television on Channels 6, 10, and

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North County Teens Honored for Summer Employment Participation
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Works Summer Program Coordinator Molly Meczywor had one piece of advice for her students going to work in the Physics Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this summer.

"The only thing I said to Brad was, please don't blow anything up," Meczywor said before presenting Bradley Odell a certificate of completion on Friday morning during a ceremony at North Adams City Hall.

Odell, about to enter his senior year at McCann Technical School, said after the ceremony that he didn't blow anything up —though he admitted he "almost" did during the 125 hours he spent taking two college courses and working at

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, August 13, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force assessed the fallout from its July 15 vote advocating a single school district for the county and discussed its strategy for explaining that recommendation to school officials, town officials and the public at large.   Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing educational opportunity and fiscal stability in a time of rising costs and declining populations county

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares
10:57AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. is heading one of the largest organized scientific expeditions to study the sun, and the sun's effects on Earth, at the eclipse.

"This summer's total solar eclipse is a bonanza for finding out more about how the sun shines," said Pasachoff, who will take advantage of his experience in observing eclipses, and organizing eclipse expeditions, by taking dozens of students and colleagues with him to Salem, Ore., for the event on Monday, Aug. 21.

"I've chosen the site because it is in the region with the most favorable cloudiness statistics for August, while still having the logistics

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
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01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017
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Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three possibilities on a large

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MCLA Receives Mellon Planning Grant
03:39PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to establish a Berkshire Humanities Council.

The council will create regional collaborations and extend best and emerging humanities practices in teaching, learning and community engagement by utilizing new and deeper ways to connect the resources in our region.

The planning for a Berkshire Humanities Council will begin on Aug. 1, and extend through June 30, 2018. It will focus on three main items: creating the model for a digital asset map; defining experiential-based learning and formalizing undergraduate research opportunities; and outlining a

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