Whistleblower sues So. District for retaliation to his complaint

Whistleblower sues So. District for retaliation to his complaint

SHEFFIELD — A parent and longtime employee of Southern Berkshire Regional School District has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming the district took “retaliatory action” against him when he raised concerns that the district failed to provide educational services to his son, and subsequent claims of contract breaches. The whistleblower and breach of contract […]

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

SHEFFIELD — Good at math. Has trouble focusing. Excels in all subjects. Very quiet. Writes below grade level. The stories students hear and tell about themselves early in their academic career can have reverberations throughout their lives. Mount Everett Regional High School Principal Jesse Carpenter said that’s been a major consideration as the high school […]

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 […]

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

EGREMONT — Earlier this month, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District invited its neighbors in Southern Berkshire to form a planning committee to explore the possibility of consolidating into a single regional district serving grades 9 through 12. While Southern Berkshire school committee members are taking time to consider the overture before the July 31 […]

Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with So. Berkshire district

Berkshire Hills wants to explore merger with  So. Berkshire district

The Berkshire Hills Regional School District plans to ask its neighbors in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District to form a joint planning board to weigh the possibility of consolidating—a suggestion that blindsided Southern Berkshire school officials and has some of them feeling “peeved,” said Peter Dillon, superintendent of Berkshire Hills. The Berkshire Hills school […]

School committee elects Burke as new chairperson

School committee elects Burke as new chairperson

SHEFFIELD — Longtime educator Jane Burke of New Marlborough was elected chairperson of the Southern Berkshire School Committee by her colleagues at their meeting on Thursday. The final vote was 6-4, with members Art Battacchi and Dennis Sears, both of Sheffield, receiving two votes each. Burke replaces former chairman Ken Knox, who resigned from the school […]

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

Southern school district loses ‘rural’ designation and $70,000 in state aid

SHEFFIELD — School committee members worried that the Southern Berkshire Regional School District had “fallen through the cracks” after a change to the way the state calculates aid for rural districts left the SBRSD without a portion of their expected aid package for FY19. “They’ve made some adjustments to the formula, possibly favoring urban districts, […]

Jon Bruno appointed to vacant seat on Southern Berkshire School panel

Jon Bruno appointed to vacant seat on Southern Berkshire School panel

SHEFFIELD — Jon Bruno has been appointed to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s school committee. Bruno was officially appointed to fill the final open seat  by the appointing body  that consisted of two of the select board members from Sheffield and the three school committee members from Sheffield. The committee comprised David Smith, chairman […]

Teachers, parents, elected officials give school panel a tongue-lashing

Teachers, parents, elected officials give school panel a tongue-lashing

Members berated for way district events were handled SHEFFIELD —Teachers, parents, and community members stood up and gave the  school committee members a tongue-lashing about the the recent events in the school district. Michelle Shalaby, the chair of the New Marlborough select board,a parent of a child attending the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, began […]