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 […]

Egremont selectmen talk future with district chief

Egremont selectmen talk future with district chief

EGREMONT — Town officials met with Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto for an introductory discussion and touched on the future of the South Egremont Village School, consolidation of schools and educational opportunities. The discussion took place during the selectmen’s regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 28. The meeting is part of Regulbuto’s outreach […]

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 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 […]