Task force: Public’s perception of us a ‘misconception’

Task force: Public’s perception of us a ‘misconception’

The Berkshire County Education Task Force is suffering from an apparent public relations and identity crisis: the BCETF says, means and presents “A,” but the public hears and sees it as “B,” according to several task force members. Task force member Carl Stewart, who is also chairman of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District School […]

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal talks Berkshire County economy woes

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal talks Berkshire County economy woes

It’s a tale of two regions, if you will. The Boston Globe, in one of its latest headlines, describes it as “Tourism booms but locals struggle.” The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, a public charity in Sheffield, calls it “mixed news” in regards to jobs and unemployment. The second part of the Globe’s headline makes it […]

Monterey officials curious about schoolhouse action

Monterey officials curious about schoolhouse action

SHEFFIELD — The Monterey Select Board is seeking a decision regarding the future of the Monterey School from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District School Committee. In a letter to the committee dated July 19, the members of the select board requested that the SBRSD School Committee come forward with its plans for the kindergarten […]

Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

Education task force reviews first impressions of one-district solution

On July 15, the Berkshire County Education Task Force made their now widely known one-district Berkshire County recommendation. On Aug. 12, task force members discussed what they perceived were the public’s first impressions. Task force member Neil Clarke, who is also a Massachusetts Teacher Association Senate district coordinator, said he “had not heard from anybody” […]

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 […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Berkshire County is full of fighters

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Berkshire County is full of fighters

PITTSFIELD – Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, brought the healthcare fight to the Berkshires over the weekend. The senator hosted a 10:30 a.m. town hall at Berkshire Community College’s Robert Boland Theatre July 8 and the message was clear: “No, we are not going to go down without a fight.” “If this isn’t a moment to […]

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 […]