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North Adams Eyeing Federal Relief Funds to Support School Programs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Monday, March 01, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department is anticipating an $18.2 million budget for fiscal 2022 based on state budget numbers and state and federal grants.   The appropriation would be level-funded from this year at $17,769,074.   Superintendent Barbara Malkas cautioned that this is still a preliminary budget and that "there are still a lot of moving parts."   "This year it feels a little bit more predictable mainly because the governor did issue a budget on Jan. 27," she told the School Committee's finance subcommittee last week. "So the timeline that by which we're going to know about funding will be better than it was last

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Greylock School Building Committee Preps Enrollment, Capital Planning Records
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Friday, February 26, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Building Committee is preparing enrollment projections and capital planning documents to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority this week.    Both enrollment and best practices for capital planning will affect reimbursement rates and scope of any project undertaken.   The city entered the eligibility phase for renovating or replacing Greylock Elementary School in December 2019. The process had been put on hold for some months but the building committee resumed its functions last fall.    On Tuesday, the committee had a preview of the information to be discussed on Friday with MSBA officials. Final documents will

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BCC offering Virtual Massage Therapy Information session
12:44PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a Virtual Massage Therapy Information session on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 PM.   Information sessions provide an opportunity for prospective and accepted Massage Therapy students to learn more about the Massage Therapy program, admissions process, financial aid process/due dates, immunization/medical requirements, CORI/SORI clearance, and the part-time evening/Saturday program pathway.   For more information, or to register for this Virtual Massage Therapy Information session, contact Judy Gawron, Program Coordinator and Professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, at jgawron@berkshirecc.edu or by calling

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State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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BOSTON — Public school students are expected to be back in the classroom by April.    Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.    "There's no substitute for in-person learning, especially for kids in elementary school," the governor said at his daily briefing. "Our administration's been clear for months that the best place for kids is in the classroom and today Commissioner Riley started a process, working with the board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to get more kids back into the classroom full time by

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MCLA To Open Registration for Summer Sessions
04:01PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Registration for MCLA's three summer sessions will open March 1, 2021, and the majority of summer classes will be taught online this year.     Summer classes at MCLA offers summer classes for MCLA undergraduate and graduate students; students from other colleges; high school students; college graduates interested in Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Education (MEd) courses; or community members and others seeking courses.    Summer sessions schedule  Session A: May 24-July 2  Session B: June 21-July 30  Session C: July 6-August 13  MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education

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McCann School Committee Passes Fiscal 2022 Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee accepted a $10.3 million budget that represents a 2.69 percent increase over fiscal 2021.   Superintendent James Brosnan presented the fiscal 2022 budget Thursday night that has increased nearly $270,000 over this year's $10,038,602 spending plan.   As in past years, Brosnan told the School Committee of the regional vocational district it was a conservative budget and not to expect anything flashy in it.   "I can't really think of a better word. I say it over and over and you get sick of hearing it," Brosnan said. "It really is kind of a vanilla budget."   School Committee member Daniel

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IS183 Adjusting to Digital Platform, Welcomes New Faculty Artists
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:33AM / Sunday, February 21, 2021
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Artist and speaker Pops Peterson, seen with students in this file photo, his hosting a scholarship fundraiser to help children attend IS183 Art School.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — A well-known Stockbridge art school quickly pivoted to digital learning at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with success and is now welcoming three new faculty artists to its talent pool.

"It's been full of changes, and full of innovation, and definitely challenges," Executive Director Lucie Castaldo said in regards to the historical year. "Virtual programming is going great, better than any of us expected because we really had no idea."

Since last April, IS183 Art School has had 648

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Williams College 2021 Faculty Lecture Series
04:37PM / Friday, February 19, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will present its annual Faculty Lecture Series online, starting Feb. 25.    Lectures will be offered on Thursdays, Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1. All lectures will begin at 4:15 p.m. Zoom links are provided on the college's website at events.williams.edu. The lectures are free and open to the public.   Feb. 25, Matt Carter, associate professor of biology, will present "The Food Network: How Your Brain Makes You Feel Hungry or Full."  March 4, Mike Glier, Alexander Falck Class of 1899 Professor of Art, will discuss "Answer Music: Observation and Abstraction of the Living

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Teachers College Press to Hold Panel on New Book by MCLA Professor
08:01AM / Friday, February 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Donovan and co-author Sarah Anderberg will host a virtual panel discussion, "The Art of Curation to Deepen Practice in Teaching and Learning." at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 as part of the launch of their new book "Teacher as Curator: Formative Assessment and Arts-Based Strategies," published by Teachers College Press.    This panel, which is being held by the book's publisher, is free and open to the public; register at bit.ly/teacher-as-curator.     Panelists include Beth Lambert, the director of innovative teaching and learning at the Maine Department of Education; Rob McAdams, the director of Partners in the Arts at

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North Adams Schools Creates Panel to Review COVID-19 Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, February 19, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools and the teachers union have agreed to create a joint labor management committee to make determinations whether the school system should be remote or hybrid learning.    The addendum to the memorandum of understanding was approved 6-1 by the School Committee, with member Tara Jacobs voting against, at a special meeting on Thursday. The North Adams Teachers Association had approved the amendment by a two-thirds vote of attending members prior to the meeting. The agreement is in effect as of Thursday.   The committee is similar to others being developed by school systems to offer some flexibility in interpreting COVID-19 metrics

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