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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Clarksburg Officials Accept Citizens' Petition for School Project Revote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Thursday, October 12, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project.    Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.   Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos, at a crowded board meeting on Wednesday, said he had problems with the petition but that town counsel's opinion was that it was legal and a date will be set.    "Usually with a petition, the signatures are attached to it so people know what they are signing," he said. "I have just signature sheets ... This is

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great cold-weather clothing, costume

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MCLA to Hold Fall Preview Days, Open House Events
01:45PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Monday, Oct. 9, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold a series of three Fall Preview Day events. In addition, the campus will host the first of two Fall 2017 Open House events on Saturday, Oct. 14.

According to Gina Puc, MCLA’s director of admission, Open Houses and Preview Days are convenient ways for prospective students to see the campus for the first time and to learn more about MCLA’s academic programs and campus life.

"We encourage students to meet with one of our admission counselors during one of these events, to make sure all of their questions are answered and to discuss the next steps in the enrollment

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Citizens Petition Filed to Revote Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Friday, October 06, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is gearing up for a second special town meeting after more than 300 citizens signed a petition calling to revote the failed school project.

The $19 million addition and renovation project failed by a single vote — 144-287 — at the special town meeting on Sept. 27. The authorization of the borrowing, of which $11.3 million would be reimbursed by the state but still hit homeowners with a $3.25 increase in the tax rate, required a two-thirds vote.

Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos confirmed that he had accepted the citizens' petition (with the same language as last week's question) and expected the voters' signatures to be

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North Adams School Committee Member Objects to Student Dress, Phone Use
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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School Superintendent Barbara Malkas reviewed the legal reasoning behind the district's dress code.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School Committee member Mark Moulton says he's been approached by nearly two dozen citizens critical about cellphone use and attire of students at Drury High School.     "People have a perception of Drury ... Drury is doing great. My two daughters went there and got an excellent education," he said. "I don't have a problem with the educational process there, I have a problem with some of these things we're too lax on."   Moulton, who is ending his service on the committee this year, asked that both

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North County Joining 'Walk to School Day' on Oct. 4
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Monday, October 02, 2017
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A 'walking school bus' makes its way to Ciolegrove School in 2016.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If you see large groups of children walking through town on Wednesday morning, don't panic.

No, not every school bus is broken. It's just "Walk to School Day" at the city of North Adams' three elementary schools as well as at Williamstown Elementary School. And so the students will be making their very own "walking school bus" to get to and from school on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

"International Walk to School" events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children,

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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,

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Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, September 29, 2017
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The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.    On Thursday, Jobs with Justice held a forum to bring those issues to the forefront, hoping to build momentum behind solving the problems.   The

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Clarksburg School Project Defeated by One Vote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:20PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Town Moderator Bryan Tanner confers with Town Administrator Carl McKinney and Select Board members Jeffrey Levanos, Carlyle 'Chip' Chesbro and Kimberly Goodell.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An unprecedented special town meeting on the $19 million school project took a dramatic turn at the end when the vote was so close, town officials turned to legal experts for the solution.    The answer: the article failed by one — one — vote.    The authorization of the borrowing, of which $11.3 million would be reimbursed by the state, required a two-thirds vote.    Exactly 431 votes were cast: 144 were no votes and 287 were yes

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