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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Refill GB—a mission-based shop with a welcoming vibe (and zero plastic!)

Founded three years ago by Berkshire native Jamie McCormack, this charming Great Barrington retail space helps you make better choices for your health and the planet.

South County schools get creative about graduations in pandemic era

Graduating seniors have been coming into school, three or four at a time, and walking across the auditorium stage to receive their diplomas. The video footage of the students will be incorporated into a virtual graduation.

‘Berkshire Education Now’ debuts on CTSB, addresses schools’ response to COVID-19

In addition to Quinn Burnell, who offered a student's perspective, guests for the first episode were the four South County superintendents

How South County schools are coping during ‘unprecedented times’

With end-of-year exams and graduations approaching, what are schools doing to keep the educational process going at such a crucial time of the year?

Schools support families with proper nutrition during unexpected closures

School districts are working with a cohort of community partners to address the growing need for support of families with young children during this unexpected break from school.

BMC employees under self-quarantine as local officials grapple with response to coronavirus

In Great Barrington, town officials put out a statement yesterday, and at Monday's selectboard meeting, town health agent Rebecca Jurczyk briefed officials on measures the town is taking to prepare for the virus.

Student threat to use weapon alarms Mount Everett community, prompts investigation

Superintendent Beth Regulbuto declined to say how many calls the district had received from parents or whether, as parents have told The Edge, there was an unusually high number of absences the next day because of fear.

GB, South County Year in Review: Of mergers, bridges, cannabis and ‘blood money’

In the spirit of reflection and self-examination, herein lies The Edge's second annual Great Barrington year in review. It includes some select stories from other South County towns as well, along with embedded links to Edge stories for more information.

SBRSD ‘investigator’ clears superintendent and special ed director of whistleblower charges

Though the school district denies any wrongdoing, the investigator did make recommendations which the school committee voted to adopt and that it has directed Superintendent Beth Regulbuto to implement. 

Burke reappointed SBRSD School Committee chair; negotiations start with superintendent

The committee also entered into executive session to discuss a pair of open meeting law complaints.

Mount Everett students weigh in on controversies, ask for answer on Devoti, DeGrenier

The most recent edition of the Bold Eagle, the student newspaper for Mount Everett Regional School, ran a front-page news story and an editorial on the controversy surrounding two administrators and the school committee.

NEWS ANALYSIS: At SBRSD, lawsuits, law-breaking and embattled administrators

It was that kind of night. Indeed, the atmosphere was tense enough that two Sheffield police officers were called to observe the school committee meeting lest things get out of control.

Second whistleblower at SBRSD alleges workplace retaliation ‘for reporting unlawful conduct’

Brenda Olivieri alleges that Southern Berkshire Regional School District Superintendent Beth Regulbuto has "created a culture of fear and intimidation," resulting in retaliatory action against her "for reporting unlawful conduct."

SBRSD school committee chair denies second open meeting law violation

The district has been battered by challenges and tragedies over the last few years, including declining enrollments that have caused Southern Berkshire to consider consolidating with the Berkshire Hills Regional School District in Great Barrington.

In stinging lawsuit, longtime SBRSD dean alleges ‘workplace retaliation’ for son’s advocacy

According to the complaint, Kurt DeGrenier had voiced concerns that his son, now in 10th grade at Mount Everett, was not receiving the services and accommodations set forth in his individualized educational program, a plan developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability receives specialized instruction and related services.

South Egremont School welcomes students for the first time in several years

The village school was expected to open for the 2018-19 school year. A week before classes were slated to begin, Superintendent Beth Regulbuto decided to move the 13 students to the district’s main campus in Sheffield, citing the presence of lead as making the space unsafe for occupants.

SBRSD to Berkshire Hills: Letter about consolidation ‘feels like backstabbing’

At last Thursday’s school committee meeting, Rich Dohoney of Great Barrington proposed that Berkshire Hills issue a written request to its member towns, along with the Southern Berkshire Regional School District and its own member towns, to form a planning board "for the purpose of either forming, or consolidating into, a regional high school district to serve grades 9-12."
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