MassDOT group begins Berkshires-NYC rail study

MassDOT group begins Berkshires-NYC rail study

By Cory Willey LENOX — Members of a state working group met Tuesday for its inaugural public meeting to discuss the challenges and possible options for a Berkshire County to New York City rail service. The group was created through an amendment drafted by state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and was endorsed by the senate in […]

Lee planners recommend overlay zone around mill

Lee planners recommend overlay zone around mill

LEE — The Planning Board has submitted an application for a Smart Growth Overlay District that would allow for residential and commercial development at the Eagle Mill site. If accepted by the state and by district representatives at town meeting, the overlay district could pave the way for Mill Renaissance LLC’s planned $60 million to $70 […]

Education task force renews contract with study partner

Education task force renews contract with study partner

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has retained the District Management Group for its Phase III efforts and has, according to BCETF Chairman John Hockridge, raised enough money for the contract. Task force members unanimously approved the decision July 15 following a loose executive session. Hockridge said part of the task force’s approval had to […]

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

According to the Berkshire County Education Task Force, the county’s overall education woes – declining enrollment, financial struggles and stumbling quality of education – can be resolved by creating a single countywide school district. More specifically, the task force recommends the county’s 32 communities, and total 15,000 school-aged children, come together by 2027 in an […]

Task force study results expected before July

Task force study results expected before July

After several months of debate and disagreement, the Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on what to specifically study and model for their Phase II effort. The task force and their Phase II study partner, the District Management Group, will be considering modeling five county education improvements and solutions: a “do nothing approach,” which […]

Task force reviews education priorities

Task force reviews education priorities

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has distilled 10 county education priorities from their two-weeks-worth of outreach and surveying. Ensuring access to high quality education “regardless of background, equity, quality teachers” ranks first on the list. According to documents provided by the task force, that priority was mentioned 96 times over the course of eight […]