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MCLA Appoints Two to Board of Trustees
12:59PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker approved the appointment of Kathleen Therrien, Class of 97, as the alumni trustee and has appointed Dr. Robert Reilly as a trustee.

Therrien has served in this capacity since August 2016 when she was first elected to serve the remainder of the term of that vacant seat. Therrien is the director of trust and estate administration at Williams College.

Reilly is president emeritus of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society and a school committee member of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational Technical High School (McCann

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North Adams School Committee Votes to Reconfigure District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a grade reconfiguration that will move Grade 7 to Drury High School.

The changes will also allow the school district to move the pre-kindergarten program out of Johnson School and into the three elementary schools.

"I really like the idea that they said it would be a team environment and that staff and faculty will be involved in how this shapes up," Mayor Richard Alcombright said of bringing of Grades 7 and 8 together. "I think what I'm most pleased about ... I think this gives us the opportunity to eliminate a waiting list for preK and it will allow all the kids that really want to come into preK

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McCann School Budget Reflects Hikes in Fixed Costs, Health Insurance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, February 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.    The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending plan will be covered by assessments to its nine districts for operations, transportation and capital projects. The total assessments are up less than one percent.    "The problem we run into when you look at the budget itself, the state Chapter 70 money is pretty much level, the numbers that are municipal assessments ... are fairly level for all

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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017
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When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state intersecting her

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Colegrove Park Classes Write Valentines for First-Responders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:58PM / Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary School children spent part of last week creating some big, colorful Valentine's Day cards.

Not for their families or classmates but to show their appreciation for the city's first-responders.

On Tuesday morning, three student representatives — Tyler Haskins, Nick Sacco and Stephen Cornell — and retired teacher Anna Saldo Burke delivered boxes of valentines to the police, firefighters and ambulance service.

"It's to thank the North Adams Police, and the firefighters and EMTs for their service to the city," said Nick, as the group waited for Sgt. James Burdick to accept the box of cards for a

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Drury Students to Present Comedy to Grade-Schoolers
04:04PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Feb. 15, the K-5 students in the North Adams School district will be entertained by Drury High School's comedy troupe for an interactive assembly program titled "Stand-up for Comedy."

Thanks to the initial support of Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas and Principal Tim Callahan, this comedy initiative will host its inaugural journey within the North Adams School community.

This C.A.S.T. (comedic arts service troupe) is an outgrowth of Drury Stage Company, the theater program that its director, Kate Caton, has spearheaded since 2013. This groundbreaking ensemble is designed for a two- fold purpose: first, a reach out to our elementary school

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Alexys J.

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Berkshire Community College Announces New Hires, Promotions
12:38PM / Friday, February 10, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions as well as recent promotions.

Julia Curletti of Richmond, Mass., has joined BCC as staff assistant to the dean of enrollment management and student success. She previously worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a program coordinator. She garnered a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended New England Law.

Alyssa Felver has been named assistant professor of practical nursing. A registered nurse in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she previously worked at the Berkshire Medical Center. Prior to that, she was a critical care registered

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:53PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its second quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

 

High Honors

Boudreau, Brian; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Galipeau, William; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Milner, Erica; Moran, Jordan; Oakes, Jacob; Pandell, Blaize; Parada, Ryan; Pecor, Robert; Piaggi, Brenden; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander.

Ames, Payton; Boucher, Mackenzie; Boucher, Noah; Charon, Ryan; Cote, Megan; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls,

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