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Vt., Mass. Merger Committee Begins Planning Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Tuesday, August 06, 2019
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STAMFORD, Vt. — With two successful votes in hand, the Interstate Merger Committee's next step is to hire a consultant to work with educational agencies and lawmakers to shape a school district shared with Clarksburg, Mass.

A special town meeting in Clarksburg last week and another on July 8 in Stamford gave the OK for process on creating a merged school district to continue.

For the committee on Monday night, the goal was to craft a request for proposals for a part-time consultant to work over the next seven months.

A first draft was made off the RFP used last year to hire Public Consulting Group, which did the research to get the process to this point.

"I think

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Scientific Evidence Unclear on Risk of Artificial Turf Fields
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 01, 2019
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From excessive heat to scrapes to cancer, the latest generation of artificial turf has been accused of being a safety risk that is unacceptable for use on athletic fields like the one being contemplated at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Even proponents of the turf will concede the first two points, admitting that "turf burn" abrasions are a real and that synthetic surfaces do get hotter than natural grass.   But reports of higher cancer incidences among athletes with long-term exposure to synthetic surfaces are highly anecdotal and do not stand up to scientific scrutiny, proponents say. And the health benefits of a

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Clarksburg Town Meeting OKs Further School Merger Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg voters clear the way on Wednesday for the next step in the proposed school district merger with Stamford, Vt.    Of the 78 voters who attended the special town meeting at Clarksburg School, only about a half-dozen voted against further research on the merger.    "It's going to involve more studying and more exploration, because one of the things we discovered was, there's so many things that we are not able to answer on a local level that we need a lot of state help with," explained Principal Tara Barnes.    Barnes provided a brief presentation of the findings of Public Consulting Group, the

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Clarksburg Voters to Decide School Merger Option
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04:34PM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A special town meeting on Wednesday will determine if the town will continue planning a school district merger with neighboring Stamford, Vt.    The special town meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Elementary School and will include a review of the three possible options, and the recommendation for Option 3 from Public Consulting Group, the merger committee, and school officials.   Option 3 would create one unified school district straddling the Vermont/Massachusetts border and reconfigure the use of the two small-town schools, both of which are currently Grades kindergarten through 8. Stamford School, which also has a preschool, would

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Imagineers Welcome at Brayton Summer Science Camp
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, July 25, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Summer Science Camp at Brayton Elementary School is in full swing with the theme "Imagineering."   Just because school is out doesn't mean learning has to stop so 150 city pupils spent the month of July strengthening their science muscles.   "The theme this year has really lent itself to all sorts of fun and different ways to learn," teacher Susan Oliveri said. "It is not just topic specific ... we have gone in all sorts of directions structurally and with the foundations of science."   The goal of this year's camp, which is run through the 21st Century After-School Program, is to inspire campers to discover

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College Notes: June & July 2019
03:51PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
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Maya Finston-Fox of Monterey was among 30students who gave up a week of summer break to make a difference through BW's Alternative Break service program. The Berea, Ohio, college's program facilitated four experiences with student volunteers traveling to Clarkston, Ga.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; and Raleigh, N.C.   Finston-Fox, a political science major and graduate of Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, volunteered to take part in the experience in Portland. The team of nine students partnered with the YWCA of Greater Portland to learn about domestic violence against women and how college students can be better advocates for their community and peers. The YWCA of

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Clarksburg Sets Vote for School Merger Proposal
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board on Wednesday afternoon set the date for a special town meeting to vote on the next steps toward a school district merger with Stamford, Vt.    The special town meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School.    Stamford last week voted overwhelmingly to continue research on what it would take to merge the two schools. The vote was for the so-called Option 3 — a recommendation by Public Consulting Group and school officials in both towns to fully merge to better utilize both school buildings.   That decision, however, raised some protest in Stamford where town meeting voters questioned

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Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:07AM / Monday, July 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Grade 12

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Boucher, Sydney Patricia; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Callander, Corey Joseph; Caproni, Abby Kate; Cartmill, Hali Dawn; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae; DiGennaro, McKensie Brooke; Dix, Anna Belle; Gardner, Alana Marie; Giron, Maya Jocelyn; Haley, Kelsey Helen; Holland, Sabrina Marie; Koperek, Yvonne Lee; Lawson, Helen Kathleen; LeSage, Kelby Berk; Macksey, Ashley Lynn; Marceau, Erin Elizabeth; O'Connor, Quinn Joseph; Piekos, Lauren Elizabeth; Scrivens, Nicole Elizabeth; Smith, Abigail Rose; Tatro, Caitlin Rose; Thibert,

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McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
10:49AM / Monday, July 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

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Andrews, Mitchell; Beany, Jeremy; Bedini II, Raffaele; Blake, Hope; Brown, Lauren; Cote, Robert; Devito, Cortney; Furlon, Krista; Guiden, James; Knapp, Evan; Marino, Emma; McGrory, Matthew; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Tetlow, Aubrey; Therrien, Victoria; Vanuni, Kalley.

Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Dolle, Allison; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Howland, Ethan; Kupiec, Kiera; Larabee, Brooke; Levesque, Andrew;

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Stamford Votes to Continue School Merger Process
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, July 09, 2019
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William Levine opens the special town meeting with School Board Chairwoman Cynthia Lamore.  STAMFORD, Vt. — Stamford voters on Monday gave the go-ahead to continue down the path toward a potential school district merger with Clarksburg, Mass.    In a vote of 58-29-1, the special town meeting approved by paper ballot a continuing with Option 3 — a recommendation by the private consultants and the Interstate Merger Committee to create a unified district.    Also on a motion by Nancy Bushika, town meeting approved putting funding for the merger research on the annual town meeting warrant should the grant funds run out.   Clarksburg's Select

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