Two districts’ consolidation plan conceived as not legal

EGREMONT — The regional school districts of Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills are attempting to do something yet to be accomplished in the Commonwealth: consolidate. In uncharted territory, the road less traveled toward a potential district merger just got a little more bumpy. The legality of the consolidation process, however, was brought up at the […]

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

GREAT BARRINGTON— While the usage rates of cannabis and alcohol are trending down among high school students in Berkshire County, the attitudes of parents continues to remain highly favorable compared to national averages, according to a county-wide teen survey. The survey, administered by the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), identifies favorable parent attitudes towards drugs […]

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

EGREMONT—The neighboring school districts of Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire have made it clear that formal discussions of a potential district merger will begin this fall. Currently, municipalities are selecting representatives who will have a seat at the table in the town-centric conversations toward consolidation. In Egremont, George McGurn, current select board chairman, and Tom […]

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at school consolidation

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at  school  consolidation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire regional school districts have taken the first formal steps to review a possible merger into a singular district that could potentially serve Pre-K through 12th-grade students. After moving its meeting to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m., Southern Berkshire unanimously passed a motion in response to Berkshire Hills’ […]

Southern District school moves toward district consolidation

Southern District school moves toward district consolidation

EGREMONT — While most Southern Berkshire school committee members stopped short of expressing support for a consolidation with Berkshire Hills Regional School District, all 10 committee members agreed that there’s no reason not to open up a dialogue. “I don’t like talking,” school committee Vice Chairman Jon Bruno retorted at the committee’s Thursday meeting. “But […]

Barrington’s $16.3 million share of school budget comes to 73%

Barrington’s $16.3 million share of school budget comes to 73%

GREAT BARRINGTON— The proposed budget for the Berkshire Hills Regional School District in its current preliminary state would be asking for $22.2 million in total from its three towns. For Great Barrington in particular, if this school budget and the similarly preliminary town budget were both passed in their current state, the town would be […]

BHRSD superintendent proposes faculty changes

BHRSD superintendent proposes faculty changes

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Hills Regional School District budget meetings are under way, and Superintendent Peter Dillon is proposing significant changes to the faculty. The school district currently employs a special education evaluation team leader to oversee students with ISPs for grades 5 through 12. The new plan, which Dillon hopes to be implemented by […]