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Clarksburg PTG Donates Money For Laptops
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, June 03, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Parent-Teacher Group has raised $8,000 to purchase new laptops for the elementary school.

Cindy Brule, a PTG member, told the School Committee on Thursday that through many fundraising efforts, has raised enough to buy Chromebook laptops this school year.

Superintendent Jonathan Lev thanked the PTG for its donation and said the school was able to appropriate money last year for 34 laptops, however the recently passed budget could not afford such a purchase.

"This is a huge help, and this will make a major impact," Lev said. "This is wonderful. I knew this was the goal but I never expected this, and I'm blow away by it."

Brule said the

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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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