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Clarksburg to Vote on Stamford School Merger Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 02, 2018
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Lev, School Committee Chairwoman Patricia Prenguber, Stamford School Board Chairwoman Cynthia Lamore, Roberts-Morandi and school legal counsel Fred Dupere. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters in Clarksburg will decide Thursday if they want to start down the path of creating an interstate school district.    The single article at the special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School on Thursday will allow the town to enter into conversations with Stamford, Vt.    Both schools are kindergarten through Grade 8; Stamford also has a preschool attended by a number of Clarksburg children. Both schools tuition students to neighboring high schools, mostly to Drury High

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Berkshire County Resident Awarded Hart Scholarship
11:19AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Brittney White recently was awarded the 2017-18 Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

This scholarship honors Margaret A. Hart, Class of 1935, the first student of color to graduate from the former State Teachers College at North Adams. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. The award is in recognition of Hart's outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

A resident of Berkshire County for the past 16 years, White is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She is completing her undergraduate degree in biology at

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North Berkshire School Union to Begin Search for Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union will be looking for a replacement for Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Lev.    Lev, who has led the five-town school union for a decade, recently announced his retirement after 10 years with the district.    He said last week that it was time to retire, noting he was now 67.    The school union committee will meet on April 12 with Patricia Correira, a field director for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.    "She will present the process for the superintendent's search and go from there," he told the Clarksburg School Committee last week. "I've agreed

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Clarksburg School Holding Information Meeting on Interstate District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:47PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational forum will be held on Thursday at Clarksburg School at 6:30 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on taking action toward a proposed merger with the Stamford, Vt., school district.   The special town meeting is set for April 5 at the school.    The school has mailed out a brochure explaining the reasons for exploring an interstate school district, including providing more educational opportunities, access to a full-day preschool and expanded space.    The wording of the warrant will be the same as that tabled at December's special town meeting because of objections by the School Committee over the language. The

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Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which finished the early rounds of the 17-team competition seeded third among eight squads who moved on to the single-elimination finals.

The contest,

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Drury Student Selected to National Society of High School Scholars
01:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students Chad A. Lawrence of Stamford, Vt., has been selected to become a member of the the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Chad has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," Nobel said. "Chad is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a

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MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.

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New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a

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Clarksburg Will Try Again to Pass School Merger Article
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
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The board welcomes new officer Cody Alvarez.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town will once again see if town meeting will accept combining school districts with Stamford, Vt., with the same article tabled at the December special town meeting.   The Select Board signed off on a single-article warrant Wednesday that would see if town meeting would accept an agreement with the town of Stamford that would merge the two districts. Chairman Jeffrey Levanos shared his concerns over the redundant article.    "This is the same warrant ... so I guess my concern is ... we kind of got trashed for this so if this is verbatim are we just going back to get trashed

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Thriving North Berkshire Academy Result of Collaborative Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Aiden Kozik, one of the students in the program, addresses dignitaries and educators at the armory.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Aiden Kozik knows what he needs to do to succeed: Be prepared, be respectful, cooperate in the classroom and finish what he starts.    That was the message he gave, along with Director Jodi Drury, to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and dozens of officials and educators who turned out for the official opening of the North Berkshire Academy on Thursday morning.    "I like this school because my friends are here, because it lets kids take pride in school and learn to be a responsible person by working hard each and every day," said

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