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North Adams Gets $600K Grant to Make Brayton Access Safer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, December 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A nearly $600,000 state grant is going to make it safer for children to cross from Brayton Hill Apartments to Brayton School.    The city was recently awarded $598,255 through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program to make infrastructure improvements at the entrance to the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and install sidewalks in the area of the school. The City Council accepted the grant on Tuesday.    "This grant is an incredible opportunity for the Brayton Elementary School neighborhood and will help support pedestrian and bike safety," said Barbara Malkas, superintendent of North Adams Public Schools. "The end result

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Clarksburg Officials Feel More Discussion Needed on Merger
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:24PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Interstate Merger Committee has hired Public Consulting Group to lead it through the next steps toward a merger between Clarksburg and Stamford (Vt.) Schools.    However, the Clarksburg contingent feels more discussion is needed on the merits of a merger between the two small elementary schools.    Superintendent John Franzoni filled the School Committee in last week about the selection of PCG, which had done the initial study of the schools that was presented to the towns. Based on that research, the adjoining towns both voted to continue the process to determine how such a merger would work and what legal processes would be

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MSBA Invites Greylock School Into Eligibility Phase for Renovations
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock Elementary School has made it into the eligibility phase to look into renovating or replacing the 60-year-old building.     The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board of Directors voted at its meeting on Wednesday to invite the North Adams Public Schools into the first step of the school building process.   "The board has voted the Greylock Elementary School into the eligibility period," said Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg, chairman of the MSBA. "The MSBA will work collaboratively with local officials to ensure the best outcome for the district's students."   Greylock School has not had any

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Dan Pompi Receives Academic Excellence Award
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosac Valley High School senior Dan Pompi is this year's recipient of the Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence    Superintendent of Schools Aaron Dean made the presentation at Monday's School Committee meeting as a number of family members looked on.    Each year, superintendents from across the state honor the top-ranking student from their district with the award. The award is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.   "When I was a principal my favorite part of the job was celebrating student successes. As superintendent that continues to be the favorite part of my job,"

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North Adams School Officials Raise Concerns Over Teacher Retention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, December 09, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Each month the School Committee gets a personnel report detailing who's coming, who's going and who's being re-assigned.   There can be several pages involved, particularly at the beginning and end of the school year as grant funded positions are listed, new hires and retirements are posted and non-permanent jobs like coaches and after-school staff are added.   But even on a regular month, there can be a significant amount of moving around in the city's most populous department. That has the School Committee concerned — like others school officials around the Berkshires — about  how to retain teaching staff within the

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Clarksburg Gets 2-Week Vacation to Accommodate Construction
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Friday, December 06, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg students will get a full two weeks off over the Christmas holiday beginning with a half day on Friday, Dec. 20, and returning on Jan. 6, 2020.   The School Committee voted for the two-week block on Thursday to ensure the school will be vacant for construction on the new secure entrance. That means students will have both the Monday and Tuesday before Christmas and will also have Jan. 2 and 3 off as well.    But it doesn't mean fewer days of school — the motion also tacked on three days at the end of the school year.    The project is on a tight deadline, a project that Business Manager Jennifer Macksey said she

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Positive Developments Bring Rewards at Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Wednesday, December 04, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Unruly, misbehaving children. Sick, stressed out teachers. Disrupted classrooms and learning environments.   The 2017-2018 school year was a rough one, Principal Sandra Cote told the School Committee on Tuesday night. "We had a problem at Greylock [School]."   There had been more than 1,300 referrals to the Student Support Center in that one school year for behavior issues.   "That's a lot," she said. "Now granted, we're only talking a few minutes for each student that were in there for the processing, but we really had concerns about that amount out-of-classroom time, not to mention that there were probably

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McCann Students Take on Project for BFAIR Redemption Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Monday, December 02, 2019
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Evan McAllister welds a seam on one of the carts at McCann.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — BFAIR's bottle redemption center now has new, safer and more ergonomic collection carts thanks to the efforts of the students in McCann Technical School's metal fabrication department.    A further motivation for two of the students was that the project was requested by their mothers — both of whom work for BFAIR.     "It's just kind of like a neat collaboration that we're starting. We've worked with them before on different things, but this is the first real project we've done. So it's just kind of neat," said Becky

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Nine MCLA Students Attend the 2019 COPLAC Conference at Keene State College
03:56PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nine Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students had the opportunity to present scholarly and creative work at the 2019 Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

The students traveled to Keene State College on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, with MCLA professors Dr. Jenna Grace Sciuto, associate professor of English and chair of undergraduate research, and Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr, assistant professor of anthropology and associate chair of undergraduate research.

"This conference offers our students a venue to showcase their brilliant work beyond the

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Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to info@iberkshires.com to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or

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