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” […]

Education task force renews contract with study partner

Education task force renews contract with study partner

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has retained the District Management Group for its Phase III efforts and has, according to BCETF Chairman John Hockridge, raised enough money for the contract. Task force members unanimously approved the decision July 15 following a loose executive session. Hockridge said part of the task force’s approval had to […]

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

Citing study, education task force recommends creation of single countywide school district

According to the Berkshire County Education Task Force, the county’s overall education woes – declining enrollment, financial struggles and stumbling quality of education – can be resolved by creating a single countywide school district. More specifically, the task force recommends the county’s 32 communities, and total 15,000 school-aged children, come together by 2027 in an […]

Task force study results expected before July

Task force study results expected before July

After several months of debate and disagreement, the Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on what to specifically study and model for their Phase II effort. The task force and their Phase II study partner, the District Management Group, will be considering modeling five county education improvements and solutions: a “do nothing approach,” which […]

Task force reviews education priorities

Task force reviews education priorities

The Berkshire County Education Task Force has distilled 10 county education priorities from their two-weeks-worth of outreach and surveying. Ensuring access to high quality education “regardless of background, equity, quality teachers” ranks first on the list. According to documents provided by the task force, that priority was mentioned 96 times over the course of eight […]