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Clarksburg School Building Committee Accepts School Project End
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A subdued and sparse School Building Committee voted on Monday night to recommend no further votes be taken on the proposed school project.   With that, the group of community members and educators dissolved after two years spent developing the project.   The $19 million renovation and addition project went down to defeat on Saturday at a second special town meeting by a vote of 292-263. It was a record turnout of 555 that weighed on the largest public works project this town of less than 1,700 had ever considered.    "I think they spoke loud and clear," said committee member Edward Denault, who had been a fierce champion of the

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McCann Technical Scores Level 1 on MCAS Tests
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School is back on top with a Level 1 rating from the state Department of Education.   "From the first day that the MCAS came about we had our sights on level one," School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers said Thursday's committee meeting. "The same level as a Lenox, Mount Greylock [Regional School] or some of the other highly touted academic schools in the area. We finally got there, but it took a took the work of dedicated teachers and motivated kids."    Principal Justin Kratz said McCann was a Level 1 district three years ago but because the vocational students typically perform well on the test, it was hard

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Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including

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Clarksburg School Project Defeated in Record Turnout
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The controversial $19 million school project went down to defeat on Saturday by 292-263.   The borrowing authorization required a two-thirds vote to pass, or 370 yes votes out of the 555 cast.    The result was a flip of September's special town meeting vote that saw the project fail to capture two-thirds of the ballots by a single vote.    School Superintendent Jon Lev said he had previously posted a meeting of the School Building Committee for 5 p.m. on Monday.   "We're going to meet and talk about it," he said.    Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Levanos said he anticipated

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of

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Clarksburg Town Officials Offer Override Option as 'Plan B'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:33PM / Friday, November 17, 2017
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Residents are sharply questioning the town's ability to pay back the $7.7 million it would be responsible for.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are floating the idea of a Proposition 2 1/2 override to stash away funds for capital projects that would include repairs to the aging elementary school.    "We're trying to work something out ... maybe a $2.75 override and put those monies into stabilitization for town and school repairs," said Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Levanos at Wednesday's information session. "The school has that idea of their project and the school wants you to vote yes, the town wants no, but maybe there's a gray

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Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Thursday, November 09, 2017
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The award is given by the superintendent to the high school's top student. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student.     She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.    Denning is the daughter of Mark Denning and of Donna Brule-Denning, both of North Adams. She attended Clarksburg School.     "One of the nicest things I get to do on my job is to thank a student who's doing everything we expect of them and

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 08, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will live life to its eccentric fullest this fall, performing the popular madcap comedy "You Can't Take It With You" on the Miss Hall's campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of

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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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