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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on One Mercantile and Sett—success in downtown Great Barrington

Local couple successfully builds a pair of brick-and-mortar businesses from the ground up by meeting the community where they are.

Close enounters in Sheffield – of the municipal kind  

The only thing could have saved the monument from the opprobrium that rained down so universally upon it: If it had been as cute as ET.

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, 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."

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

School Committee chairman’s closed-door meeting with district selectmen addresses village school dispute, rejected budget

The latest move by the school committee was to hold a closed-door meeting of invited guests Tuesday morning in the Eagle's Loft meeting room at Mount Everett Regional School.

Southern Berkshire School Committee adopts same $16m budget, without funding 2 village schools

Quite apart from getting the budget passed before July 1 is the question of how to find the extra $52,000 to restore transportation to New Marlborough Central School for next year.

Building ‘The Wall’ on the backs of special needs kids

In his letter to the editor Dennis Sears writes: “[Trump’s health care plan] would have a severe impact on our Towns and our taxes right here in Berkshire County.”

SBRSD School Committee looks for fall guy, not facts, in budget foul-up

It was a simple mistake, a clerical error that is easily corrected, but not so simply resolved. Did anyone take the time to research and identify what went wrong?

Southern Berkshire School District budget tangle deepens; business administrator censured

"It has become difficult to rely on the numbers that we received form the District. We are disillusioned by the School Committee’s apparent lack of concern for the continuation of errors related to FY16’s assessment.” -- Nadine A. Hawver, chair of the Sheffield Board of Selectmen
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