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North Adams Agrees to Fast-Track Study on Sharing Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is exploring the idea of sharing services and administration with the neighboring Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.    The School Committee on Tuesday endorsed fast-tracking an aspect of a two-year feasibility study to look specifically at how a shared superintendent might work. That portion of the study is being expedited because of the coming retirement of Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Robert Putnam. The regional school committee voted on the matter Monday night.    But the city is also moving forward immediately with another group of school districts to share a business manager.    (The city's veterans agent

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Adams-Cheshire Open to Talks About Sharing North Adams Superintendent
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is in need of a superintendent; North Adams already has one.    So school officials in both districts are discussing whether it might be feasible to share the top position.    Adams-Cheshire voted to support the idea on Monday night; the North Adams School Committee will take up the issue tonight (Tuesday).   "There is an opportunity to share a superintendent in North County and that could be groundbreaking," Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler said. "When you look at population trends and student enrollment and funding from the state it only makes sense to look at

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Clarksburg Hopes to Begin School Repairs With Volunteer Labor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A volunteer group is hoping to move forward in making repairs to Clarksburg School, starting with the boilers.    A number of volunteers have met with the Board of Selectmen and more recently with the School Committee. A trimmed-down steering committee appeared before the School Committee on Thursday to ensure it had permission to begin gathering estimates and establishing needs.    "Can we come up with three top priorities, see what we can do and what we have to contract out?" asked Robert Norcross, who's volunteered to lead as organizer and "taskmaster" of the volunteer effort, last week. "I'm looking at

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New Trustee Joins MCLA Board
11:09AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frederick J. Keator, the managing partner of Keator Group, LLC, in Lenox, as the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts board of trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is delighted to welcome Keator to the board.

"As managing partner of the Keator Group, Frederick has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of America's top independent financial advisors and will bring a wealth of knowledge to MCLA," Birge said. "Over the years, the Keator family has been a great supporter of the College and I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance the work of

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Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to Play at Drury High
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:12PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Center will bring the band Whiskey Treaty Roadshow to the high school this Thursday night.   Drury performing arts management teacher Jamie Choquette said this semester the DPAM class decided to contact the Western Mass band after seeing a video of them playing James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" on Taylor's official website.   "They loved it and immediately contacted them to book the band at Drury," he said.   The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters. They play a mixture of Americana, rock and roots-folk music.   The group

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
11:40AM / Friday, January 26, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second 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.

are Abreyana Avila, Tiana Carver, Addison Chen, Gianna

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North Adams School Department May Move to City Hall
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Thursday, January 25, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department's Central Office may be taking over the second floor of City Hall.   Mayor Thomas Bernard said the discussions are still in the early stages but his administration is working with Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas to see if the co-habitation is a suitable option.    "We're at a moment now that they have a lease that's coming due, so, it's do we up for another cycle?" he said on Wednesday. "The more I thought about it, the more I see the savings on the school side that can be put toward a different use ... and the efficiencies you get bringing all of city government

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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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McCann Junior To Compete Nationally in Office Competition
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33PM / Saturday, January 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Junior Justin Perry will compete in the Microsoft Office Specialist National Competition in Atlanta, Ga. this summer.   Perry, a business tech student, will represent Massachusetts in June and compete against the best from each state in Microsoft Word.   "I am looking forward to the competition," he said. "I have ever been to Atlanta before and I have never been on a plane either."   Perry is going to Atlanta because he scored so highly on his Microsoft Office Certification Exam in November. Perry scored  982 out of 1,000.   "It is a pretty basic exam; everyone in my grade takes them. We get a little project

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the ' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by invitation to nursing students who

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