Two districts’ consolidation plan conceived as not legal

EGREMONT — The regional school districts of Southern Berkshire and Berkshire Hills are attempting to do something yet to be accomplished in the Commonwealth: consolidate. In uncharted territory, the road less traveled toward a potential district merger just got a little more bumpy. The legality of the consolidation process, however, was brought up at the […]

So. Berkshire subcommittee suggests a consolidation forum be held

So. Berkshire subcommittee suggests a consolidation forum be held

SHEFFIELD — In an attempt to improve communication surrounding a potential school district merger, a Southern Berkshire subcommittee has suggested that a public forum be held for parents, teachers and community members who wish to learn more about the consolidation process. At Southern Berkshire Regional School District’s Community Outreach and Input Subcommittee meeting, held on […]

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

SHEFFIELD — Amid a whistleblower lawsuit, multiple open meeting law violations and district consolidation talks, according to one school committee member, the Southern Berkshire school district is in an “existential crisis.” David Travis, chairman of the Executive Evaluation Subcommittee and a member of the school committee, spoke at the conclusion of the subcommittee’s meeting on […]

Parent petition seeks Regulbuto’s dismissal calling her a ‘liability’

SHEFFIELD — A school committee meeting scheduled for Thursday night could be met with pickets who are calling for the superintendent’s removal from the school district. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16, a meeting for the Executive Evaluation Subcommittee was slated to include discussion about a possible contract renewal for Beth Regulbuto as the superintendent […]

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 […]

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

Egremont appoints 2 delegates to schools consolidation panel

EGREMONT—The neighboring school districts of Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire have made it clear that formal discussions of a potential district merger will begin this fall. Currently, municipalities are selecting representatives who will have a seat at the table in the town-centric conversations toward consolidation. In Egremont, George McGurn, current select board chairman, and Tom […]

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at school consolidation

Berkshire Hills, So. Berkshire districts begin serious talks aimed at  school  consolidation

GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire regional school districts have taken the first formal steps to review a possible merger into a singular district that could potentially serve Pre-K through 12th-grade students. After moving its meeting to 5 p.m. from 7 p.m., Southern Berkshire unanimously passed a motion in response to Berkshire Hills’ […]

Officials are hoping that Egremont School can reopen this month

Officials are hoping that Egremont School can reopen this month

EGREMONT — The Southern Berkshire Regional School District and the town of Egremont have reached an agreement to begin the process to re-open the South Egremont School, which has been plagued by concerns of lead paint since last summer. As part of the Jan. 15 agreement, the district will pay to have the interior of […]

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 […]

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

New Marlborough Central faces drainage, septic woes

NEW MARLBOROUGH — Drainage issues and a damaged septic tank are the latest problems plaguing the New Marlborough Central school building. Southern Berkshire Regional School District Buildings and Grounds Director Jeremy Wells estimates solving the drainage problems could cost over $15,000, while estimates to replace the school’s septic tank have come in around $8,500 to […]