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North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Creating Panel to Study Shared Superintendency
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — School officials are hoping to find ways to collaborate but they want much more information before they decide to start at the top.    North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional school committees have agreed to create a subcommittee to gather some solid data on the benefits and challenges of sharing a school superintendent. Described as a "unique opportunity" by Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler, the proposal also has numerous unknowns.    The idea is being pushed by the looming departure of Adams-Cheshire's Superintendent Robert Putnam, who retires at the end of June. The regional school district is taking a two-pronged

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Clarksburg Votes Yes to Interstate School District Talks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Friday, April 06, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters on Thursday gave strong approval to embarking on a path that could significantly change the Clarksburg School District.    With 59 registered voters in attendance at the special town meeting, the decision was unanimous to begin talks with Stamford, Vt., that could create Massachusetts' first interstate school district. The entire process took barely 15 minutes.   "We are delighted. There is a lot of work to be done but I think long term it's going to lend stability, cooperation, and I think it's going to be a good fit," said Town Administrator Carl McKinney.   McKinney and Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Levanos, a former

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Berkshire County Sixth-Graders 'Go to College'
03:41PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 1,000 sixth-grade students from around Berkshire County are visiting college campuses this month for the 12th annual Berkshire County Goes to College Day, sponsored by the Berkshire Compact for Education and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

MCLA, Berkshire Community College, Williams College and Simon's Rock College of Bard all will host students for sessions on college life and planning for the future. On Wednesday, students from Williamstown Elementary, Hoosac Valley and Undermountain Elementary visited Berkshire Community College, rotated through three sessions and enjoyed a free pizza lunch.

Denise Richardello, executive vice

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Wahconah to Present 'Mary Poppins'
02:34PM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
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DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Apollonian Players will present the Broadway musical version of "Mary Poppins" on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 7, at 1 and 7 p.m.

This "practically perfect" musical is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert (Anthony Coviello), introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. George Banks (Joe Willson) and his wife Winnifred (Julia Drury) are at a loss as to how to properly raise their children in a society that expects them to live up to a particular status. Young Jane (Anna Duquette) and Michael (Aiden Betit) have sent

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North Adams School Committee Sets Date With Adams-Cheshire
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Wednesday, April 04, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee has set a tentative meeting for Monday, April 9, with the members of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee to enter into discussions about the possibility of sharing a superintendent.   The talks are coming on the heels of the looming retirement of Adams-Cheshire's superintendent and a push toward collaborations between districts encouraged by the research of the Berkshire County Education Task Force.    The Adams-Cheshire committee on Monday reviewed a brief report on sharing leadership by District Management Group, a fast-tracked portion of a feasibility study on sharing a range of services that is being funded by a

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Clarksburg to Vote on Stamford School Merger Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 02, 2018
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Lev, School Committee Chairwoman Patricia Prenguber, Stamford School Board Chairwoman Cynthia Lamore, Roberts-Morandi and school legal counsel Fred Dupere. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters in Clarksburg will decide Thursday if they want to start down the path of creating an interstate school district.    The single article at the special town meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School on Thursday will allow the town to enter into conversations with Stamford, Vt.    Both schools are kindergarten through Grade 8; Stamford also has a preschool attended by a number of Clarksburg children. Both schools tuition students to neighboring high schools, mostly to Drury High

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Berkshire County Resident Awarded Hart Scholarship
11:19AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Brittney White recently was awarded the 2017-18 Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

This scholarship honors Margaret A. Hart, Class of 1935, the first student of color to graduate from the former State Teachers College at North Adams. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. The award is in recognition of Hart's outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

A resident of Berkshire County for the past 16 years, White is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She is completing her undergraduate degree in biology at

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North Berkshire School Union to Begin Search for Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The North Berkshire School Union will be looking for a replacement for Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Lev.    Lev, who has led the five-town school union for a decade, recently announced his retirement after 10 years with the district.    He said last week that it was time to retire, noting he was now 67.    The school union committee will meet on April 12 with Patricia Correira, a field director for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.    "She will present the process for the superintendent's search and go from there," he told the Clarksburg School Committee last week. "I've agreed

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Clarksburg School Holding Information Meeting on Interstate District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:47PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — An informational forum will be held on Thursday at Clarksburg School at 6:30 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on taking action toward a proposed merger with the Stamford, Vt., school district.   The special town meeting is set for April 5 at the school.    The school has mailed out a brochure explaining the reasons for exploring an interstate school district, including providing more educational opportunities, access to a full-day preschool and expanded space.    The wording of the warrant will be the same as that tabled at December's special town meeting because of objections by the School Committee over the language. The

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Williamstown Elementary Sixth-Graders Win Berkshire Robotics Challenge
05:23PM / Saturday, March 24, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — A team of sixth-graders from Williamstown Elementary School won the 19th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School on Saturday.

Noelle Dravis, Julia Goh and Grace Winters took turns guiding the team’s Lego robot through seven rounds of competition, capped by a dramatic 110-100 win in the finals over the runner-up from the Berkshire Christian Homeschool group.

Lila Cohen-McFall, Emma Kate Hane and Emma Swoap also participated on the winning team, dubbed WES LegoHeads II, which finished the early rounds of the 17-team competition seeded third among eight squads who moved on to the single-elimination finals.

The contest,

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