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

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

By Hannah Shirley 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 […]

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 […]

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

SHEFFIELD —A motion made by E. Bonnie Silvers and approved by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee includes a clause that deems the district and the school committee harmless for the wellbeing of the children attending the school district. The clause was part of a larger motion that provided updates and new proposals […]

A ‘satire gone wrong’ lands Sheffield students in hot water

By Theodore Nappo SHEFFIELD—Beth Regulbuto, superintendent of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, released a statement on Tuesday, Nov. 13, explaining that inappropriate posts on social media had been made by students from the district. “These posts were promptly investigated by the School Resource Officer and Mt. Everett Administrators. It was determined that no criminal […]

Schoolhouse receives another lead paint report, safety conclusions remain vague

Schoolhouse receives another lead paint report, safety conclusions remain vague

EGREMONT —A preliminary report commissioned to determine the extent of harmful lead paint in the historic Egremont School found that two dozen items were rated “poor.” In some instances, X-ray fluorescence analysis determined that exterior woodwork had alarmingly high ratings and were deemed unsafe. The report, dated Sept. 24 and prepared by ATC Group Services […]

South Egremont School will not open for first day of classes due to district concerns over lead paint

South Egremont School will not open for first day of classes due to district concerns over lead paint

SHEFFIELD — The South Egremont Village School won’t be open for the first day of classes on Aug. 29 due to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s safety concerns over the possible presence of lead in the historic building. The school is still slated to host an early-kindergarten and kindergarten program during the 2018-2019 school […]

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

South Egremont school takes center stage during regional roundtable talk

SHEFFIELD — As the South Egremont Village School repair project moves into the bidding phase, questions regarding a minimum number of students needed to make its future program financially feasible are being raised. During a much-needed and cathartic regional round table conversation between representatives from the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and its five towns […]