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North Adams Committee Begins Superintendent Search
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community is looking for a new superintendent who will prioritize instruction and finances and maintain an open dialogue with parents and the public at large.

And residents very much want someone from outside the district.

That was the upshot of a online survey posted by the North Adams Public Schools to garner input from the community. The survey's results will be used during the interview process as school officials determine the city's next educational leader.

Patricia Correira, a field director for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the city's point person for MASC assistance on the search, told the School Committee on

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North Adams School Adds New Breakfast Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Monday, March 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Children at Brayton School are getting a healthy head start on their day by getting breakfast in the classroom.

The pilot program began a few weeks ago and was be rolled out to the entire school this week, just in time for "National School Breakfast Week."

"It's getting fairly common," Corey Nicholas, food service director, told the School Committee last week. "The national average is 36 percent [for traditional] ... there's really been a push over the last five or six years to raise that."

Nicholas said he looked into the program after realizing the participation rate for the traditional breakfast at Brayton was 49

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Drury Grad Trumpeter & 'SNL' Saxophonist Return to Berkshires
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Sunday, March 06, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshires trumpeter Richard Boulger and "Saturday Night Live" saxophonist Alex Foster will return to the Berkshires to provide free instrumental band clinics in Pittsfield schools.

This week Foster, musical director of the Mingus Big Band, and saxophonist in the "SNL" house band will join Boulger, a North Adams native, recording artist, and protegé of the late Freddie Hubbard and Donald Byrd, will make their way from New York City to run another series of free clinics.

Stearns Elementary, Reid and Herberg middle schools, and Pittsfield and Taconic high schools band students, as well as those from Wahconah Regional in Dalton, will be

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Health Insurance Hike Drives Up McCann School Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Thursday, March 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A "runaway train" of health insurance premiums and rising costs have pushed the McCann Technical School budget up nearly 3 percent for fiscal 2017.

The Northern Berkshire Vocational School Committee last week approved a spending plan of $9.09 million, some $243,430 over this year.

"It's probably one of the most difficult budgets we've looked at in the last 20 years,"

"The fixed costs just keep going up every single year," said School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. "There is a lot of cutting and things that had to be shifted around ... there's not a lot of wiggle room."

Superintendent James Brosnan said

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Brayton Second-Graders Hear 'Yertle' for Read Across America
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:04PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The theme of "Yertle the Turtle," a bossypants king who tramples other turtles, wasn't lost on second-graders at Brayton Elementary School.

"He's a bully!" more than a few shouted when Mayor Richard Alcombright asked the children to describe the turtle who wanted to be higher than the moon.

Their sympathies lay with Mack the turtle, who kept asking Yertle to give his subjects a break as they stacked higher and higher to keep Yertle aloft. Until Mack burped, sending the tower of turtles — and Yertle — into the mud.

Rather, said one little boy, "Mack should be king because he's nice."

The afternoon reading

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100K Gift Helps Brien Center Expand Youth Substance Abuse Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.   Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."   Mucia heads the Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program at the Brien Center. The program brings counselors into schools all over Berkshire County, provides intervention programs and holds forums and presentations, all with a focus of keeping students away from drugs and alcohol.   "The best way to reduce the opioid problem, which is obviously become huge, is to not start. Once an addict

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:06PM / Monday, February 22, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— McCann Technical School has announced its second quarter honor roll.

High honors go to the following students: Alcala, Salvador; Bartlett, Lauren; Bess, Paul; Blake, Hope; Bohl III, Charles; Borey, Taylor; Bostwick, Christopher; Boucher, Noah; Brule, Matilda; Budaj, Jordan; Burdick, Haley; Butler, Evan; Charon, Nathan; Churchill, Henry; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Curran, Noah; Daniels, Samantha; Daub, Joh; Delmolino, Evan; Demastrie, Nichole; Denault, Angela; DeRose, Nicholas; Diesz, Natalie; DiGennaro, McKayla; Dix, James; Dobbert, Kelly; Dolle, James; Dolle, Samantha; Dorwin, Samantha; Dowling, Aimee; Esoldi, Julia; Favre, Joshua; Felten, Danielle; Ferrara,

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Colgrove Park Sixth-Graders Get to Teach Wave Science
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Saturday, February 13, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Armed with Slinkys and a microphone, James Holmes' Grade 6 science class taught second-graders about waves.

Holmes said pupils planned their lessons from the ground up prior to Tuesday's class at Colgrove Park Elementary School.

"I just thought this was a neat way for them to start learning about waves, to have them physically plan a lesson," Holmes said. "We have some cool activities that demonstrate sound waves, light waves, and more."

The sixth-graders used Slinkys, coiled wire toys, to show the properties of waves. They decided to take a hands-on approach and invite the second-graders to the front of the class to experiment. The

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Software Gets North Adams Tweens Thinking About Careers
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, February 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What do you want to be when you grow up?

It's a question children often hear as early as preschool, as they don plastic doctor's equipment or pretend to race cars or fly to the moon, but it's not a serious question often until the second half of high school.

In North Adams, though, a push is being made to introduce students as young as sixth grade to the idea that there is a multitude of careers they can choose to explore based on their strengths and weaknesses.

Molly Meczywor, Drury High School's College and Career facilitator, recently purchased a curriculum for younger students on the district's college/career planning platform, called

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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