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Information Sessions Begin for Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:40AM / Saturday, May 27, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are pushing for a vote on school construction project for September that, if successful, means a projected opening in fall 2019.   The timeline was explained on Wednesday during the first public information session on the proposed $17.5 million school construction project. The entire presentation can be seen below.    The plans, "Scheme E," is available on Clarksburg School's website and includes a renovation of the so-called 1960s wing, and addition on that wing in the back, and the tear down and reconstruction of the 1970s wing.    Christian Whitsett, of Jones Whitsett Architects, said the building has

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North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.    The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.    The contract balances out the wage and step schedule in year one and has 1.5 percent increases in years one and two.    The negotiations were done as interest based bargaining, where the two sides worked together in mutually beneficial talks rather than each side coming in with separate positions.    "When you don't have a

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Stamford Group Asks for Time to Research Joint-Clarksburg School District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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STAMFORD, Vt. — A state education act is pushing small schools to consolidate their governance and share their services or come up with an alternative.    Stamford's been wary of how the law would affect its school but some residents think they've found an answer — across state lines.    An ad hoc group, with input from the School Board and representatives from Clarksburg, Mass., is exploring the possibility of an interstate school district that will allow the tiny town to look south rather than north.    "We're not the only small school that's struggling right now, that's having problems staying healthy and viable

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Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First, the good news.

Since the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition started keeping track of youth substance-abuse data in 2002, the percentage of Northern Berkshire students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades smoking cigarettes or using alcohol has dropped.

Now, the bad news.

Though those rates have dropped over the course of the last 15 years, they still top the national average. And a newer and more troubling statistic has emerged: the lack of any real decrease in the use of marijuana, which also remains well above the national average.

Those 2017 statistics — culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians,

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Clarksburg School Committee OKs $2.44M Budget for Fiscal 2018
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday approved a school budget of $2,448, 000 for fiscal 2018, down 4 percent over this year.    The budget, which as been essentially level funded the last couple years, was cut by some $103,000 as the behest of town officials. Clarksburg is again grappling with difficult budget season and voters will see a total budget trimmed by some $120,000 at next week's town meeting.    "We will be using more [school] choice money than we have used in the past," said Superintendent Jonathan Lev. "It's not an easy budget for next year, it will be a struggle. We will have less in our choice account than

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Math Major Wins MCLA's '29 Who Shine' Award
01:50PM / Friday, May 19, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' recipient of the "29 Who Shine" award is junior Kayla LaVoice, a math major from Springfield who is involved with numerous community service activities both on campus and throughout the Northern Berkshires.

In addition to two years of service to the Adams Youth Center program as a mentor and a tutor, LaVoice is the creator of the "Pathways to College" program, which sends MCLA students to Drury High School in North Adams to help the younger students with professional development and college access-related activities.

At MCLA, LaVoice has served as a Lead Academy participant and mentor, a STEM

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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20
08:44AM / Thursday, May 18, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fresh off being named the "Best Annual Consignment Sale" in the Berkshires, the annual Williamstown Elementary School PTO clothing sale will be held Saturday, May, 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The sale has been an annual or bi-annual event for more than 10 years and is the largest fundraiser for the school's PTO, raising approximately enough to cover the money the PTO annually gives to each classroom at the school to help with academic materials.

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and

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North Adams School Budget Up 2%; Cuts Dozen Positions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Thursday, May 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee will vote next week on a fiscal 2018 budget that's up about 2 percent over this year and includes reductions in positions, including the assistant principal at the high school.

The finance subcommittee on Tuesday recommended a total budget of $17,079,082, up $334,884. The budget takes into account enrollment and consolidations to reduce positions and is offset by $250,000 from the school choice account, as it was this year.

Superintendent Barbara Malkas said the budget was developed around three budget priorities "that defined where we would be allocating our resources."

First was the grade reconfiguration — moving

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Drury Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
02:30PM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

High Honors

Bernard, Alexandra Jane Flynn; Bona, Elizabeth Anne; Carpinello, Michael John; Cellana, Julia Susa Christian, Brian; Christopher, Chase Emery; De Laurentiis, Alexander; Girard, Allison Paige; Harpin, Hunter Noel; Lamarre, Sarah Noelle; Miles, Jonah Finley; Rumbolt, Aubrey Rose; St. Pierre, Noah Christopher; Superneau, William Theodore; Therrien, Kelly Ann; Volff, Shane Charles; Wissman, Miranda Anne; Wood, John Kaelan Peters.

Blevins, Brendan Sean; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Johnson, Nickolas Chandler; Lessard, Matthew

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16
11:37AM / Monday, May 15, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury High School Current Events classes will host the annual Senior Citizens Prom from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Drury High School gymnasium for an evening of fun.

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.  

For the past 23 years, the Drury High School History/Contemporary Issues/Sociology Classes have studied generational differences, sociological impact and ways to help bridge the generational divide. Their research and curriculum culminates with the planning and implementation of a service learning project – a prom for senior citizens – that engages elderly

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