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North Adams School Committee Approves FY2019 Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Monday approved a $17.7 million budget for fiscal 2019 that is up just under 2 percent from this year.   The City Council is expected to approve the school budget Tuesday night as part of the city's overall spending plan for fiscal 2019.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas said the spending plan represents a "level service budget." The School Committee was also recommended to use $250,000 out of school choice funds to offset the budget.    The committee had been scheduled to approve the budget on May 29 in time for it to be presented to the Finance Committee but Vice Chairwoman Heather Boulger questioned

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Retiring Clarksburg Teachers Recognized Like Royalty
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:36PM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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Duval and Stred are ready to take off on their royal tour. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Mary Stred and Christina Duval have racked up enough years between them at Clarksburg Elementary School to qualify for a diamond jubilee.    So the two retiring teachers were treated like royalty on Monday, complete with tiaras, a black limousine, throngs of admirers lining the roadway, and waves that would impress even the queen.    The teachers were making their final goodbyes on the last day of the school year. Stred and Duval, bedecked in colorful leis and plastic, jeweled tiaras announcing "Officially Retired" were escorted from the school office by Grade 3 teacher

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North Adams Superintendent Up for Second Evaluation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee is set to do its second evaluation of the performance of Superintendent Barbara Malkas.    A special meeting is being held Monday night for a final vote on the school budget for fiscal 2019, followed by superintendent evaluation.   Malkas last week had quickly outlined some of the evidence that she had provided to the School Committee members to aid them in their evaluation process.   "I will tell you this is not the sum total of the evidence and I realized when I was trying to put this together ... I didn't need the kitchen and the bathroom sink," she said. "I realized I was putting a lot in there so if

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Drury High School Awards & Scholarships 2018
05:27PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018
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North Adams, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships for the Drury High School Class of 2018 were presented at the annual class night on Wednesday, June 6.    Special presentation of a Certificate of Attainment to Rita Victoria Trifone by Principal Timothy Callahan   Cady Denning Allison Zoito    Brianna Therrien   Cassandra Crosier Emily Stewart   Cassandra Crosier   Dylan Toomey Cady Denning   Amanda Moon   Cady Denning Cassandra Crosier   Cady Denning   Chad Lawrence   Emily Stewart   Cassandra Crosier   Devon Gray, Chad Lawrence, Emily Stewart, Ryan Dubie   Ryan Dubie   Cassandra

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North Adams Elementary Pupils, Storey Publish Book on Leadership
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:05PM / Friday, June 08, 2018
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Eleven North Adams pupils participated in the book project.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Storey Publishing unveiled a new book about leadership this week that was written by 11 students from Brayton, Greylock and Colegrove elementary schools.   Students involved in the after-school community service learning project program gathered at Storey's headquarters on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art campus on Monday with family, teachers and Storey staff to reveal "The Road to Leadership" that features biographies on known leaders as well as interviews with local and school leaders.   "Kids have a voice more so then we think, and I think

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Drury High Graduates Ready to Make Lemonade Out of Life
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Friday, June 08, 2018
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Valedictorian Cady Denning tells the class that Drury has taught them the ingredients they need to make lemonade out of what life throws them. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The class of 2018 first entered Drury High School unsure of what to expect, and perhaps a little disappointed at first.    It wasn't anything like "High School Musical," complained class valedictorian Cady Denning. No one was breaking out in a musical numbers in the hallways, no one was dancing on the tables.    But what the class did get was preparation for the "so-called real world" among the science experiments, math lessons, music and

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Drury High School Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2018
04:51PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Cady Aileen Denning and Allison Zoito as the top students for the class of 2018. Both will speak at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in the high school's gymnasium.   Denning, daughter of Donna Brule Denning and of Mark Denning, both of North Adams, has been named valedictorian for the Class of 2018. During her time at Drury, she has taken a full honors course load including five Advanced Placement courses as well as a dual enrollment course offered by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has been inducted into both the Nu Sigma and the Pro Merito honor societies and has received several awards

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North Berkshire School Union Offers Superintendent Post to Franzoni
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union Committee took less than five minutes to select John Franzoni as its next superintendent.    Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, was the last of three formal interviews the committee held this week. On Wednesday night, just minutes after he'd left Clarksburg School, the committee voted for him 10-2 on a roll call vote.    "It would be a long-term commitment and I'd really like to emphasize it would be my priority if I was able to get this opportunity," Franzoni said in his closing statement. "I have a good 10 years left in my education career, I have experience,

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McCann Graduates Prepared For The World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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Valedictorian Aimee Dowling recalls the good times and the bad at McCann Tech's graduation ceremony on Wednesday night. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2018 reflected on memories of the past and were told to go forward with grit and determination.   Just over 100 graduates moved across the stage Wednesday during the school's graduation ceremony held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and valedictorian Aimee Dowling felt it was a good time if any to reminisce.   "Remember those nights where you were up until 2 a.m. cramming for a project and remember the days sitting

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North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018
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Ellen Sutherland, right, delivering homemade cupcakes in December for a Northern Berkshire United Way donation. She has been a driving force behind the district's donations and was honored last spring for her efforts. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee said goodbye to longtime administrative assistant Ellen Sutherland, who is to retire.

At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the school year Tuesday, officials gave Sutherland a proper send-off after almost 25 years of service to the district.

"It has really been my privilege to work here but it is time to go," Sutherland said.

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told

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