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School Officials Updating Greylock Elementary's MSBA Application
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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The facilities subcommittee and administrators discuss the conditions at Brayton and Greylock schools. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The roof leaks, the windows weep, parts of the school are cool and others are hot — and a water line to the outdated boiler's kept open with a clothespin.   That's only scratching the surface.    The School Committee's finance and facilities subcommittee toured Greylock School on Saturday to get a close up look at the 60-year-old structure's challenges. The consensus at the end was to push forward with an updated application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority to address the building's many

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Congressman Neal Teaches Civics Class at Drury High School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:22PM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Holly Boudreau speaks to U.S. Rep. Neal about her application to the U.S.  Air Force Academy.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's not often teens have a chance to quiz their congressman.    So the students in Stephanie Kopola's college-level world history class spent some time developing the questions they wanted to pose to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on Tuesday.   "They generated questions based on what interested them," Kopola said. "Then they voted on the ones that really encompassed what they were interested in."   Many of the questions, not surprisingly, dealt with current events and topics that could affect their futures: border

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Community Forum Set for Clarksburg/Stamford School Merger Study
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02:37PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Residents in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., are encouraged to attend Tuesday's public forum on merging the two towns' school districts.    The forum will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg Elementary School.    Representatives from Public Consulting Group of Boston will be on hand to walk attendees through the timeline for the feasibility study on creating an interstate school district.   "We encourage people from both towns to attend this meeting because it is their first opportunity to meet with Public Consulting Group and to hear more about the study being conducted," said Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, a

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North Adams Schools Will Hire Full-Time Business Administrator
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee is ending its attempt to share financial services with another educational entity after just a year.   The committee last week voted not to renew its contract with the North Berkshire School Union to share the services of its business manager. Rather, the school district will seek a full-time business administrator effective July 1.   "The conditions since we created that initial agreement have changed," Superintendent Barbara Malkas explained to the School Committee at its monthly meeting. "We have been the recipient of several large competitive grants that require not just the grants management coordination for

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McCann Tech Drone Program Taking Off
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School unveiled its new drone after-school program last week.   Principal Justin Kratz and teacher Perry Burdick gave the School Committee a drone presentation Thursday night and demonstrated what the little aircraft could do even in the confines of the meeting room.   "It's going to be one more great avenue for our kids to get involved in the school and I think you will see a large number of kids interested in it," Kratz said. "I think they are really going to get into it."   The idea was brought forth late last year by School Committee member Robert Reilly who saw a presentation of a similar program at the

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Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, January 14, 2019
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Brayton third-graders look at zebrafish hearts through a microscope. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For 10 years, North County elementary students have been learning about how zebrafish populations multiply and grow through the BioEYES science program.   This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region.   BioEYES, a curriculum developed by the University of Pennsylvania, has been used for a decade by Williams College professor Martha Marvin and Williams students to teach about genetics and basic biology in third- and fourth-grade classrooms.   The outreach started modestly, with Marvin and a single

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McCann Superintendent Receives Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:21PM / Friday, January 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James Brosnan was recognized late last year for his work with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.   The nonprofit, independent accreditation organization presented Brosnan, superintendent of the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District, with the Richard J. Bradley Endowment Fund Award.   "To be recognized by your peers when you spend an entire lifetime in education being a committee member, a commissioner, and chair fo NEASC over 15 plus years," the superintendent said at Thursday's School Committee meeting at McCann Technical School. "To be recognized by your peers is one of the single most important

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Boston Architectural Firm Will Offer Design Ideas for Brayton Path
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, January 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The steep incline in front of Brayton School would seem an obstacle but Parke McDowell sees it as an opportunity.    "Something like this really should be fun," he said as the team from Payette finished up a tour of the Brayton School site on Saturday. "The broader goal is to craft an environment for people to live in."   The members of the Boston architectural firm were there to get an idea of how to revitalize a path leading from the Brayon Hill Apartments to the school and attached Northern Berkshire Family YMCA. But they were soon engaged in looking at all the possibilities for getting to and from the playground below

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Federal Shutdown May Pinch North Adams School Lunch Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, January 09, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department believes it can operate its nutritional programs through February and into March but anything past that will be affected by how long the federal government is shut down.    "At the moment it is not at red alert status but the longer the shutdown continues the more likely we will have to have a consideration as to how we can maintain those programs," Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas informed the School Committee on Tuesday.    The city could have to tap into reserves until federal reimbursements arrive at some point.   The School Department's food services rely on the U.S. Department of

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Stamford/Clarksburg Merger Consultants Plan Public Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Monday, January 07, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Consultants are already at work sussing out the challenges and benefits of an interstate school merger with Stamford, Vt.    Public Consulting Group will hold its first public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Clarksburg School for both towns and will set a series of meeting with focus groups.    "That town meeting will be for that feasibility group to share some information with both towns and any questions people have just as they're starting their work and they'll be back at the end of February," Superintendent John Franzoni said. "They want to be transparent, they want to get the information out

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