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North Adams School Budget of $16.7M Holds Few Surprises
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Thursday, June 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee's finance committee is recommending a $16,744,198 budget for fiscal 2017.

Members Chairman Mark Moulton, Tara Jacobs and Nicholas Fahey motioned the budget after reviewing it with Superintendent James Montepare. The School Committee will hold its public hearing on the budget on Tuesday, June 7.

The proposed budget constitutes a 2 percent increase on the city side, with an additional contribution of $328,318 over this year. The total budget is actually up 3.52 percent but is being reduced through using $250,000 in school choice funds for salaries.

"This is a very true picture of the North Adams Public Schools spending protocol and

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Williams Celebrates Olmsted Awards for Local Schools
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a year filled with ongoing discussions about "budgets and buildings," local educators still have managed to direct their time, attention and talents to where it matters most.

"It's about our kids," Williams College President Adam Falk told a crowd of local teachers and administrators who joined Williams staff at a breakfast to celebrate the local 2016 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development last week. "You really have focused on educating our students."

The local Olmsted Awards are funded by an endowment from the estates of Williams alum George Olmsted Jr., class of 1924, and his wife, Frances. The awards were

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the

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United Way Funds MCLA Writing Camp Scholarships
01:34PM / Friday, May 27, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Graduate and Continuing Education has received $350 in scholarship funding from the Northern Berkshire United Way for its Creating Writing summer camp for youth.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for two scholarships for youth with limited financial means, who are residents of Northern Berkshire County.

Howard Jacob “Jake” Eberwein III, Ph.D., dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, said MCLA is very grateful to the Northern Berkshire United Way for their support of summer writing camp scholarships.  

“This generous gift will enable two students

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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on

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Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree Hotter'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning.

And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement.

"You will leave this room one degree hotter, you will be leaving this room with the knowledge and skills to face any obstacle thrown your way," Kelsey McGonigle, president of the class of 2016, told the packed gymnasium. "Have confidence in what you've learned here."

Only about a third of Americans obtain four-year

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McCann School Says Farewell to Longtime Member
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Friday, May 13, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr.

The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state House of Representatives, a plaque from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and, perhaps more pointedly, a SkillsUSA medal and T-shirt from the students.

"Being on this committee ... it lived up to every expectation I ever had," Gazzaniga said. "To be associated with this school, these students, this School Committee, has been absolutely

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North Adams School Officials Ratify Contract With New Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:45PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's new superintendent of schools was made official on Wednesday night with the ratification and signing of a three-year contract.

Barbara Malkas of Clarksburg is expected to begin her new duties July 1.

She is currently under contract with the Webster Public Schools, which she said is looking into hiring an interim.

Mayor Richard Alcombright, chairman of the School Committee, did not anticipate Malkas being unable to start by July 1, nearly seven weeks away.

"I have no concerns about that. We'll figure out the next step if we have to," he said.

Retired Superintendent James Montepare is currently filling in the post but said he was

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Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.

Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.

This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cancer patients.

"We are kind of doing a spinoff of what we do with the Running with Law program. We are going to do a 5K and kind of get the whole community

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MCLA Hosts Youth Summer Camps, Sports Clinics
01:30PM / Monday, May 09, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts wil hold a variety of youth camps and sports clinics on the MCLA campus. These programs include a creative writing camp, a science and robotics camp, an advanced robotics camp, volleyball and basketball sports clinics, and the “Young Hacks Academy,” a blend of computer programming problem solving and teamwork.

Two Young Hack Academy sessions will be offered. Level 1 is for elementary school youth ages 9 to 12, who are in grades four through seven. Level 2 is for students ages 12 to 14, in grades seven through nine, or for those who have graduated from the Level 1 program.

Offered Monday through Friday, July

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