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Clarksburg Voters Grappling With Big School Project Numbers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Tuesday, November 07, 2017
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Voters at Monday's session questioned the cost and need for the school project, about the town's finances and if there were other options.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Voters on Monday were trying to wrap their heads around some hard numbers related to the biggest public works project the town has ever considered. 

  Some 80 residents were attending the first of three information sessions hosted by the town to discuss the proposed $19 million school project. A special town meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, to revote on authorizing the borrowing. The project failed by one vote in September to reach the required two-thirds.   The town's

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:47PM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Gianna Fosty, Terra Lim, Jonathan Nondo, Marissa

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Clarksburg School Building Committee Review Plans for School Vote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Friday, November 03, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town and school officials are preparing for the next round of voting on the $19 million school proposal.    School officials are hoping to get their reasoning for the renovation/addition out to the voters again. Town officials have set three information sessions leading up to vote focusing on the town's financial picture.   The School Building Committee wants to make clear the school requires major investment because of its condition and the consequences of another failed vote.    "There has not been investment in this building for years and years and years," Principal Tara Barnes said. "You cannot expect a facility to

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Clarksburg Town Officials Set Information Sessions for School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials have set three more information sessions on the borrowing for the $19 million school project to be revoted on Saturday, Nov. 18.    The sessions will all begin at 6 p.m. and take place in the elementary school cafeteria/gym on Monday, Nov. 6; Tuesday, Nov. 7; and Wednesday, Nov. 15. Postcards with that information are being mailed to every household in town (the text can be seen at the bottom of this article.)    "Any questions you have, we will have people there and all of your questions will be answered," Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos said at Wednesday's board meeting. He also said the board will be

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Clarksburg Sets Saturday Town Meeting for School Project Revote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The $19 million elementary school project will be back before voters at a special town meeting to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at the school.    The Select Board on Wednesday night set the date for the special town meeting, which was prompted by a citizens' petition that garnered nearly 300 signatures after the first vote failed to reach two-thirds passage by one vote.    Town officials say they're working to prevent the confusion and overcrowding that occurred at the first special town meeting vote on Sept. 27. A record number of voters tried to cram into the small gym/cafeteria room at the school; at least 100 had to stand

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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Clarksburg School OKs 'Blizzard Bags' to Case of Snow Days
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:35PM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are preparing for another snowy winter with "blizzard bags" to keep students on track.   The School Committee on Oct. 5 approved a pilot program that would send predetermined school work home with children so up to five school snow days could be treated as instructional days.   "It's a way where you don't have to make up snow days at the end of the year, which is kind of a waste," Superintendent Jonathan Lev explained recently.   The discussions on the pilot took place over several meetings.    Clarksburg School had make up seven snow days this past year, extending the school year to June 23. The

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Drury Class of 1957 Gifts Oil Painting to Commemorate Late Principal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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A plaque dedicated to Roger Cirone will also be installed with the painting in the Drury High lobby.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A painting of Drury High School in the autumn will hang prominently in the school's lobby as a reminder of late Principal Roger Cirone.    The commissioned oil by retired teacher John "Skeets" Richards Jr. is a gift from the class of 1957 for its 60th reunion and unveiled at the school on Saturday afternoon.   The idea was spearheaded by a committee lead by Hulda Hardman Jowett as a way to memorialize their class president.   Current Principal Timothy Callahan, who was first hired by Cirone, told the dozen or so

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
12:29PM / Monday, October 16, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 109 students during an Honors Convocation Program that will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 12:15 p.m. in the Boland Theater at BCC's main campus on West Street.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

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Michael A. Corkins, Kayla J. Doyle

Leah E. Brooks, Rebecca J. Simmons

Shannon M. Gwozdz, Dudley R. Johnson

Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John

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