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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on CMC:Berkshires—where science plus kindness equals change

Now in its 10th year, the Center for Motivation and Change provides comprehensive, cutting-edge, research-supported treatment for people struggling with substances or trauma in its New Marlborough facility.

High school mergers need to focus on educational opportunities

In a letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory writes, "Unification of the two high schools would broaden learning opportunities; streamline required administrative and financial processes; and minimize the effect of antiquated state policies that have resulted in the use of musical chairs (drawing students from other districts), complex “sharing” to address systemic, structural changes in education and demographics shifts."

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

Berkshire Hills seeks panel to explore possible merger with Southern Berkshire

Berkshire Hills School Committee member Rich Dohoney said he is approached by South County residents all the time and the most common question he hears is why Berkshire Hills isn't trying to merge with Southern Berkshire.

Education needs of high school students require combined school districts

How do we provide the best education for high school students under conditions of rising costs and declining enrollment?

School districts: Time to decide on direction

Ultimately, consolidation delivers broader and more cost-efficient access to student resources with fewer layers of administrative costs.

Berkshire Hills official wants referendum on possible merger with SBRSD

The recommendation came amid mounting frustration with the slow pace of progress in gaining public approval for taking some tangible action.

At school committees forum lawmakers, school officials agree: Critical need to reform school funding, Chapter 70 aid

Massachusetts Association of School Committees executive director Glenn Koocher explained that the ability of a school district's population to fund local education determines how much state aid the district gets from the state.

At Pittsfield’s urging, Berkshire Hills challenges state school funding formula in strong terms

Officials say the foundation budget is adjusted and increased each year but mostly along the lines of inflation. But several expenses school districts are confronted with increase at a pace that greatly exceeds inflation: health insurance for current employees and retirees; special education, especially out-of-district placements; English language instruction for non-native speakers; preschool; data collection, including how students are counted; and transportation. 

News Briefs: Amatul-Wadud in Sheffield; FY19 conference budget report approved; Mass. solar, wind power increase

Among the issues Amatul-Wadud is raising in her run for Congress are climate change; universal public education; and affordable, high-speed internet access for every resident of the 1st Congressional District.

As enrollment plummets, panel charts ‘future’ of public education in southern Berkshires

The driving force behind regional school reform is enrollments, which are dropping at an alarming pace. Berkshire County school districts saw enrollment losses of 22 percent between 2000 and 2015.

Berkshire Hills reconsiders Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation; timetable deemed ‘aggressive’

Monument Next Steps includes 22 members and will be modeled after the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee, which met several times over the course of the last year in a successful effort to change the district agreement's formula for taxing the district's member towns to pay for its operations and capital expenses.

Berkshire Hills, Southern Berkshire school districts to explore merger

At its regular meeting Thursday night, the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee voted to form a subcommittee whose title would be "The Future of Education in Southern Berkshire County."

In the Berkshires, does regional sustainability mean a return to county government?

“When you look at the Berkshires compared to the rest of the state, we're smaller, we're older, we're sicker, we're poorer. We can't keep doing things the way we've been doing it.” -- State Rep. William ‘Smitty’ Pignatelli, D-Lenox

Funding restored for Egremont School, but the future of the district is anyone’s guess

"It's time we start talking with our neighbors. I'm certainly willing to talk to anyone who wants to talk about moving forward with Berkshire Hills or even Farmington River and Richmond." -- Egremont Selectboard Chairman Bruce Turner

Berkshire Hills walks away from county educational task force, will explore mergers with Lee, Southern Berkshire

Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee member Richard Dohoney said the school committee should be focusing on a realistic goal such as sharing services or merging with another nearby school district.

Consolidated school districts would improve Berkshire education

In her letter to the editor, Sharon Gregory writes: “Consolidation would enable the larger entity to negotiate for enhanced vocational-technical training programs, enriched academic curricula options, larger state transportation reimbursements and more effective special education.”
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