135 students in Lee celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day

135 students in Lee celebrate Walk and Roll to School Day

LEE — More than 130 Lee Elementary School students walked to school on Wednesday morning, trekking over a mile through the downtown area in rainy conditions, as part of a local, national and global effort to promote healthier habits and pedestrian safety for kids. Beginning at 8 a.m. in the town park, students, teachers and […]

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

GREAT BARRINGTON— While the usage rates of cannabis and alcohol are trending down among high school students in Berkshire County, the attitudes of parents continues to remain highly favorable compared to national averages, according to a county-wide teen survey. The survey, administered by the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), identifies favorable parent attitudes towards drugs […]

Housatonic School reuse panel on fact-finding tour

Housatonic School reuse panel on fact-finding tour

GREAT BARRINGTON —Efforts to redevelop the former Housatonic Elementary School seemed renewed after members of a newly formed committee toured the building. Tasked by the town’s selectboard to conduct a formal review of potential reuse scenarios for the building, the Economic Development Committee visited the space and discussed their observations at their meeting on Tuesday […]

Berkshire students pursue a higher education

Berkshire students pursue a higher education

PITTSFIELD — As the cannabis industry continues to grow in the Berkshires, an educational institution has developed a curriculum to equip those interested in entering this sector of the state’s newest legalized workforce. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Berkshire Community College is launching a cannabis certificate program. The robust training program is designed to provide […]

Housie school developers seek 6-month extension

Housie school developers seek 6-month extension

GREAT BARRINGTON — The selectboard has granted Grayhouse partners a six-month extension for the Housatonic School project in terms of gathering funding. Grayhouse partners entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the town last year to investigate the project, a mixed use development, intended to provide business and community space and affordable housing, as well […]

Weather plays a factor in the reopening date of Egremont’s School

Weather plays a factor in the reopening date of Egremont’s School

EGREMONT — The South Egremont Schoolhouse continues to inch toward completion, although not as quickly as the town would like, said select board member Mary Brazie. The latest projects including moving the location of the ramp and deciding on whether to install child or adult-sized fixtures in the bathrooms. Brazie said the select board had […]

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

Egremont school gets waiver until next August for ADA work

By Cory Willey EGREMONT — The town has been granted a temporary waiver to bring the South Egremont Village School up to current accessibility standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The waiver — granted by the Massachusetts Architectural Advisory Board — allows temporary relief from the ADA regulations for the building until August 2019, by which time the town […]

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 […]

Grayhouse Partners Inc. the sole bidder on Housatonic school

Grayhouse Partners Inc. the sole bidder on Housatonic school

GREAT BARRINGTON – The Housatonic School request for proposal received one bid – from Grayhouse Partners Inc. – after four months. The Select Board announced the bid Aug. 28 during their meeting and gave it a preliminary review. No decisions regarding the actual bid from Gray House Partners were made Monday night. Because, according to Town […]

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” […]