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McCann Receives Almost $200,000 in Grant Funds
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, June 22, 2018
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Superintendent James Brosnan, center, poses with Gov. Charlie Baker and North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard at Wednesday's grant presentation at Salem High School. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has received a $195,873 in state Skills Capital Grant funds to purchase new advanced manufacturing equipment.

Superintendent James Brosnan was happy to tell the School Committee on Thursday that he recently visited Salem High School, where Gov. Charlie Baker awarded grant. 

"Had a great day today," he said. "This is really exciting we are flying high."

Some $10.9 million was given out to 33 high schools and educational institutions on Wednesday.

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Berkshire Country Day School Holds Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
04:00PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated its seventh- and eighth-graders at an awards and end-of-year closing ceremony held Wednesday, June 13.   Certificates for completing the course of study through eighth grade were presented to Aurora Benson, Symaira Elliott, Donald Miller, and Will St. John, all of Pittsfield; Abbey Boyd of West Stockbridge; Anje Capala of Spencertown, N.Y.; Halle Davies of Lenox; Esme Lazar and Ryan Sonsini, both of Great Barrington; Jamie McDonnell of Old Chatham, N.Y.; Clara Mollerus of  Otis; Keely O'Gorman of Lee; Alex Rodriguez-Benjamin and Sean Sylbert, both

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
02:28PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2018 dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

Alexandria T. Brandon, Justin N. Kaczowski, Laurie A. McArthur, Sonia M. McWhirt, Kelsy M. Pero

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
02:21PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 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.

Addison Chen, Terra Lim, Joseph McGovern, Jonathan Nondo,

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MCLA Welcomes New Leadership
11:40AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has appointed four new leaders on campus, to fill new and existing positions.

Dr. Christopher MacDonald-Dennis is MCLA's chief diversity officer, and Gina Puc, Class of 2007, will move from her position as director of admission to assume a new role as the college's dean of enrollment management and community relations. In addition, Robert P. Ziomek, Class of 1989, will return to his alma mater to assume the role of vice president of advancement, and Dr. Emily Allen Williams will be the campus's vice president of academic affairs.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is thrilled that MacDonald-Dennis, Puc,

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Colegrove Kindergarten Educator Named Kelley Teacher of the Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:11PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Sharon Sylvester was honored on her retirement as a teaching assistant in preK and kindergarten. Principal Meehan says Sylvester, 'knows her students well. She anticipates their every need even before they do.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public School's named a surprised Roberta Sullivan as its Teacher of the Year on Thursday morning at Colegrove Park Elementary School.    The kindergarten teacher, who is retiring after more than 28 years in the public schools, was feted with the Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year Award during the school's end-of-the-year assembly. Also recognized was pre-kindergarten teaching assistant Sharon Sylvester,

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College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior atin Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

Graduations Theat Durham awarded degrees to the following students during commencement exercises in May. Ryan Nagelschmidt of Pittsfield earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering Amanda McLeod of Dalton earned her master of science in natural resources and environmental economics Ellen Ross of Dalton earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, summa cum laude Kayla Goodwin of Williamstown earned a bachelor of arts in sociology

Elizabeth Mitts of Lenox

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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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