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Berkshire County Selectmen's Association Awards Scholarships
Staff Reports,
04:30PM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire County Selectmen's Association last week announced the award of scholarships to three Berkshire County high school students.   Hoosac Valley's Alannah McGrath of Cheshire, Mount Everett's Madeleine Soudant of Great Barrington and Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School's Sarah deBethune of Pittsfield were recognized the BCSA, which is composed of boards from 30 county towns.   "The organization engages in advocacy and best practice sharing to improve the functioning of local government," said Andy Hogeland of the Williamstown Select Board. "Our scholarship program is part of our goal of promoting

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Williams Junior Wins National Udall Scholarship
08:50AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Morris K. Udall Foundation recently announced the award of a $7,000 scholarship to Williams College junior Mohammed Memfis. He was one of 55 students nationwide to win the award, selected for his commitment to a career in environmental justice.

Memfis, who hails from Atlanta, Ga., is interested in issues at the axis of civil rights and the environment. Having interned at the American Civil Liberties Union and the Natural Resources Defense Council, after graduation he plans to attend law school and work for a public interest organization to advance the constitutional protections of environmental issues through advocacy in state and federal courts. Ultimately,

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Wall Street's 'COVID Crash' Impacts Mount Greylock Field Disussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Plans to build an artificial turf field at Mount Greylock Regional School may be sidetracked by a global pandemic that has dealt a serious blow to the funding source eyed for the project.   Last week at a meeting of the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee, Superintendent Kimberley Grady reported that officials from Williams College had contacted the district to check in about what commitments the district already has made for spending from the college's endowment.   "I think the School Committee needs to have a frank conversation about what the changes to the economic landscape mean to future capital projects or ideas about how to spend

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Mount Greylock to Ask Towns to Allow Stabilization Fund
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, May 11, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee is set to ask its member towns to allow the regional school district to establish a stabilization fund.   The committee's Finance Subcommittee last week approved the language for a warrant article that will be sent to Lanesborough and Williamstown for their annual town meetings.   If passed by the towns, the stabilization fund, an idea previously approved by the full School Committee, would help the district save money for future capital expenses at the middle-high school.   Future School Committees could appropriate funds from the stabilization account by a two-thirds vote "for any purpose for

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Mount Greylock Names Finalists for Principal Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Saturday, May 09, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Friday evening announced the two finalists for the position of principal at the middle-high school.   Current Mount Greylock Vice Principal Jake Schutz and Kristen Thompson, an assistant principal at New Mexico's West Mesa High School, were advanced as finalists by the 18-member search committee, which conducted its second round of interviews on Thursday, according to an email to the community from Superintendent Kimberley Grady.   Schutz has been at Mount Greylock for about seven years, including a year he spent on deployment in Afghanistan with the Massachusetts National Guard.   Shortly after

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Mount Greylock Schools Seek Parents' Input to Improve Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District wants to hear back from families about the challenges of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady used last week's School Committee meeting to remind listeners of a survey she sent out on April 25 and talk about its importance in the near and short term.   "This will help us adjust things between now and June 16 and also help us with future plans," Grady said. "When [the school closure] happened, we didn't have a full-on remote learning plan ready to go. We've been working with the teachers and other superintendents around the

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BCC Students to Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
05:43PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold a virtual induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m., via Zoom.                                                             

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved

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Greene Unanimously Appointed to Fill Vacant Mount Greylock School Committee Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a resounding 14-0 vote and words of appreciation from officials in both member towns, the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Monday appointed Carolyn Greene to fill a vacant seat on the School Committee.   Greene, a longtime member and former chair of the committee, was approved in a joint meeting of the select boards from Lanesborough and Williamstown and the six current members of the School Committee.   She characterized her first stint on the panel as an "intense" nine years that saw the district go from having two superintendents of three independent school districts, to having one superintendent under a shared services

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McCann Tech Teachers Adapt Instruction to Shop-less Environment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Monday, May 04, 2020
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The vocational school is doing what is possible for remote learning but it's hard to replace hands-on learning students get in many of the shops, such as carpentry. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School teacher Perry Burdick misses school the way it used to be.   He misses his students. He misses his lab. He even misses the occasional fire.   "We have a whole wall of computers dedicated to the kids," the information technology teacher said recently. "They take them apart, put them together. To re-emphasize it, they will go into TestOut and attempt to replicate it doing simulators."   Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the

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At BArT Charter, the Show Must Go ... Online
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Saturday, May 02, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — When schools were forced to close in March, the drama group at Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School could have thrown in the towel on its spring production.   Instead, it decided to build a better "Mousetrap."   "We did not want to give up on the play and do want to keep the connection going with our cast mates," said John Kozak, a sophomore who has been involved in productions at school since the sixth grade. "We were all excited about doing 'The Mousetrap.' "   But instead of doing it on stage on May 9 as it originally planned, the club is working on the play in a virtual environment, utilizing

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