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Sullivan Elementary School Students Run With The Law
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Sunday, October 25, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the Police Department and Sullivan Elementary School pupils laced up their running shoes and hit the pavement.

After some dynamic stretching Saturday morning, 20 sixth- and seventh-graders went for a jog downtown with their new running partners.

Officer David Lemieux, who spearheaded the new program "Running with The Law," said the idea came to him during one of his many runs with Sullivan teacher James Holmes.

"We were trying to figure out something athletic so the kids could learn more about health and how to stay in shape, but we also wanted the kids to get to know us better," Lemieux said. "We hope that programs like this

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Clarksburg Approves Feasibility Study for Elementary School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, October 22, 2015
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A special town meeting on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to fund a feasibility study of the aged elementary school.

The vote of 113-2 to spend up to $250,000 to study a renovation or new building was met with applause after nearly an hour of discussion, most of it focused on assurances that the Massachusetts School Building Authority would reimburse its portion.

Still, some voters questioned if the town should be investing in property instead of academics and in light of talks of regionalization.

"Have they looked at whether the little towns can handle that cost?" asked Steve Cote, noting "Berkshire County is actually shrinking." He wondered

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Drury High Career Readiness Program Recognized
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11:05AM / Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Efforts at Drury High School to prepare students for working world were recently recognized by the Massachusetts Workforce Professionals Association.

The school's College and Career Readiness Program received the Youth Workforce Program of the Year Award for its strong local collaboration and active engagement with the community, its 2015 Summer Youth Works program and for its student access to career awareness software and career activities.

Career specialist Michele Boyer-Vivori was on hand to receive the award at the 2015 Job Summit at Fort Devens on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

"Drury High School's College/Career Readiness Program was selected as the

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McCann Students Score High On MCAS
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:24AM / Monday, October 19, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann students have yet again increased performance on the MCAS test.

McCann Principal Justin Kratz reported another successful year of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores to the School Committee Thursday night.

He said last year 94.6 percent of sophomores scored proficient or advanced in English language The amount of students that scored advanced increased 8.7 percent.

He added math scores also trended upwards and although scores went slightly down in advanced, they jumped 17 percent in proficient. This created a 6 percent increase overall, bringing the overall percentage to 78.5.

He said science scores were 75 percent

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Alumni Keep Memory of Long Closed Lenox Boys School Alive
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:27AM / Sunday, October 18, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — Non ministrari, sed ministrare.   That's Latin for "not to be served, but to serve," a motto instilled in hundreds of young men who attended the former Lenox School for Boys.   That principle continues to live on even though the school closed 45 years ago.   On Saturday, 115 people attended the annual alumni reunion dinner, the largest total since an alumni association was formed to preserve the memory of the all-boys boarding school.   "That camaraderie we developed transcended time. We have that strong sense of what we called the 'Lenox School experience.' Many of us followed different pursuits but all of us have this

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McCann Students Share Success Stories
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Saturday, October 17, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee heard success stories from both Business Professionals of America and SkillsUSA students.

The committee on Thursday heard a presentation from Tessa Christman of BPA and her classmates about various competitions in whicy they participate.

BPA is a career and technical student organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and related careers.

BPA member Emily Shanley said she competed with the administrative support team, which times students' abilities to create documents in Microsoft Office.

"In order to be successful in this event it is important for all the

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McCann Students Make Repairs To Louison House
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:19AM / Saturday, October 17, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's carpentry and SkillsUSA students received a $4,000 grant from Lowe's to make repairs on the Louison House.

McCann students and faculty and state and town officials cut the ribbon Friday at the non-profit family support center to mark the repair project that will go on through the fall.

Louison House Executive Director Lindsay Errichetto thanked McCann and all of those involved in the "tremendous project" the students undertook to repair the wraparound deck, make it compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, and install three emergency exits.

"I can't tell you how tremendously grateful we are as an

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Colegrove Park School Project Overseers Rebut Safety Concerns
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00AM / Friday, October 09, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School project planners are being quick to respond to what they say are unfounded rumors regarding the safety of the new Colegrove Park Elementary School.

Margo Jones, principal of Jones Whitsett Architects, the school's designer, released a letter on Thursday addressed to the "erroneous, malicious rumors that were expressed on community TV."

A caller to the show "Let's Talk About It," on Northern Berkshire Community Television the other night claimed that she had spoken with tradespeople on the site who were "saying how they're cutting corners and how unsafe it is."

"Who is making sure this building is going to

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Clarksburg Voters to Decide School Feasibility Funding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Thursday, October 08, 2015
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters will decide this month on whether to spend up to $250,000 on a feasibility study of school options.

A special town meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Clarksburg School. The last day to register to vote is Saturday, Oct. 10, by 8 p.m.

Of the funds, $100,000 would come from the school's stabilization account and $150,000 from the town's stabilization account. The money would be used to hire a company to conduct a study of renovation and building options for Clarksburg School.

The Finance Committee on Wednesday endorsed the spending, as well as asking voters to authorize $3,000 toward police cruiser repairs and

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North Berkshire School Union Raises Substitute Rates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:26PM / Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union last week agreed to raise its wages for substitute teachers.

Retired educators Diana and Bernie Belouin had approached the Clarksburg School Committee in September about the disparity in payments between Clarksburg and other school districts. Clarksburg pays $70 a day, which is at least $10 less than other local schools.

The Belouins reiterated their reasoning to the school union committee at its Thursday meeting at Clarksburg School.

"I'm down to one school because I'm getting tired," said Bernie Belouin of his subbing at Clarksburg. But if he was younger, he said his preference would be McCann Technical

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