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 […]

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 […]