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Education Task Force Continues Study on Countywide School District
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is trying to anticipate potential problems on the pathway to a unified county school district.    The task force meeting at Berkshire Regional Planning's office Saturday morning certainly didn't solve any problems but did try to outline where those challenges may arise.    As with all other education initiatives the first hurdle they have is money. More specifically the lack of it.   "The full proposal we pitched (to the state Department of Education) was $420,000 for each of the first three years and then another $250,000 for each of the next two," said outgoing Lee

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20 New McCann Graduates Welcomed Into Nursing Profession
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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See more photos of Monday's pinning ceremony here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Billie Allard opened her arms wide on Monday to welcome the newest cadre into the nursing profession.    Calling on other nurses in the gym at McCann Technical School to stand and be noted, the keynote speaker at Monday night's pinning ceremony told the 20 licensed practical nursing graduates that she had no idea what her life would become after her own pinning ceremony years ago.    "I have never regretted for one moment the decision I made nurses has nursing has helped me develop a deep and abiding love and appreciation for every person each day and each moment as

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Clarksburg/Stamford Merger Committee to Select Coordinator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee has received two proposals for a coordinator for the next steps in planning out a combination Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., school district.   The committee will interview Public Consulting Group, which produced the feasibility report earlier this year, and the local Berkshire Educational Consulting Group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Stamford, beginning at 5:30 p.m.   The coordinator will dig into the details of what would have to happen for the two schools to merge, including educational standards, teacher contracts and licensure, transportation, education funding and state and congressional approvals.   PCG, out of

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:52PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 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.

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Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett, Nicholas

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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'
01:04PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are

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Clarksburg School Pushing Aggressive Time Line for New Entryway
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, November 08, 2019
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The  teachers are developing 'visible thinking' to engage students and visualize goals.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee is pushing to have a new secure entryway installed before the end of February -- the deadline to use a $35,000 state grant.   The aggressive time frame means that teachers will be asked in upcoming negotiations to agree to a two-week holiday break, starting with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and ending on Friday, Jan. 3.   "It would be ideal to be able to start that on that day, given our timeline and the aggressiveness of getting this project done while students are not in the building," said Principal Tara

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Five Candidates Running for 3 North Adams School Committee Seats
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19PM / Monday, November 04, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are five candidates running for three four-year seats on the North Adams School Committee. The incumbents running for re-election are Karen Bond and Tara Jacobs; they are being challenged by Emily Daunis, Robert J. Moulton Jr. and David Sookey III. Another incumbent, Nicholas Fahey, is not standing for re-election.    Below are interviews with four candidates who were interviewed and/or attended candidate forums.   We were unable to connect with Bond but she is running for a second term, is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and holds a master's degree in clinical laboratory science from the Medical University of

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BCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Reorganizes Staff Positions
03:23PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus – as well as new titles for other current staff.

Maryann Carnes has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Carnes recently retired from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where she worked as the risk manager and subsequently as the diabetes educator and the program manager of care coordination and telehealth. She also has previously worked as an adjunct nursing instructor at BCC and has an associate degree in nursing from BCC, a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Elms College, and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2019 Awards
12:51PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its annual award ceremony on Oct. 5 to recognize the achievements of alumni and supporters of the college.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the college gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 alumni honorees, and remarks were given by MCLA President James F. Birge, MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Denise Marshall '81, and Alumni Association Board of Directors President Dan Summers II '07.

This year's award recipients are Chelsey Burke '11 (Young Alumna Award); Susan Gold (Outstanding Service to the College Award); Larry Gould '71 (Outstanding Educator Award); Todd

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Alicandri Siblings Take Top Drury High Spot Two Years in a Row
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Wednesday, October 30, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the second consecutive year, an Alicandri has taken the top academic spot at Drury High School.    Francisco Alicandri, a senior and the student representative on the School Committee, was presented with the Superintendent's Certificate for Academic Excellence on Tuesday. His sister, Vincienza, had earned the same honor last year.    Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas, in making the award, explained that the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents allows each district to present the award to its highest ranking student but that Alicandri also on the same level as his peers across the

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