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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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Clarksburg Hopes to Name School Project Manager in June
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Monday, May 09, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials hope to have a finalist for owner's project manager by June for the school project.  

Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee on Thursday that the bidding materials are ready after consultation with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

"We've gone back and forth with the MSBA on this [request for services]," Lev said. "It's 35 pages or something of material to outline the process."

 That was slightly cut down from the original document but still includes criteria on a point scale for initial and final interviews to guide a subcommittee of the School Building Committee in

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McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array Repairs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs.

The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

"This is something municipalities and school districts are doing across the commonwealth," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "We are not the first we are in the middle of the pack."

He added that he was able to reach an agreement that the contractor would gift $10,000 to make repairs to the 15-year-old array that has been offline for eight

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MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
 
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU

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Clarksburg Holocaust Program Remembers the Rescuers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School's Holocaust Studies program has in the past explored the roots of genocide, discrimination and prejudice, the failure of political will to protect individual rights, and the rise of Nazism.

For its 11th annual exhibit on Thursday night, this year's eighth-grade class tackled a subject of hope through their research and the evening's two guests who offered a look at the Holocaust through a literary perspective and from personal experience.  

With the theme "Rescue and Remembrance," the 15 students told the stories of the saviors, including Miep Gies, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara, who had risked their lives and

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Drury Arts Students To Perform Amadeus & Sgt. Pepper
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Arts Department will bring the play "Amadeus" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to the stage this spring.

Media arts teacher Jamie Choquette said because of the high quality and talented students in the art department this year, they decided to raise the bar and take on more challenging performances to close out the year.

"The level of competence with this class was very high, and we decided that even though we were planning to do a smaller production these kids deserved something bigger," Choquette said. "There are so many students this year who are going to become music majors, study

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