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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.

BHRSD School Committee votes to keep school choice – for now

In popular districts like Berkshire Hills, there is mounting frustration from taxpayers about shouldering the bulk of what it costs to educate a child who comes from a town other than the three in the district: Stockbridge, West Stockbridge and Great Barrington.

Repairs to Monument Mountain High School: $26 to $34 million

BHRSD should set a time goal to bring the renovation back, say five years. Every repair/replacement should then be done with that in mind. I will advocate for doing the minimum required to maintain a level of safety during the interim.” -- School Committee member Fred Clark

Berkshire Hills at crossroads: What’s next for Monument Mountain?

What many residents find puzzling, but can’t put their finger on, is why the renovation debate grew so heated. Some have wondered if there is another element at play, other than tax worries.

Supt. Dillon responds to misinformation, sets record straight

In his letter, Berkshire Hills Supt. Peter Dillon writes: "Recent posts on social media, letters and comments on radio programs are so filled with inaccuracies and glaring omissions that it makes sense to set the record straight. Our recent community dialogues about the high school renovation project have surfaced a range of concerns that may have been ignored for decades. We’re working hard to resolve them and are making significant progress."

Reduce the size of Monument Mountain Regional High School

In his letter, Lou Davis writes: "My objection is not to the cost of quality education, or paying the taxes necessary to support it. I do object to having my taxes subsidize out-of-District students."

High school in desperate need of renovation

In his letter to the editor, Richard Coons, chairman of the Monument Mountain Regional High School renovation project explains the facts about the 5-year process to develop a satisfactory renovation plan, and why it should be approved by voters on November 4.

State gives green light to Nov. 4 vote on proposed Monument Mountain High School renovation

“Having the school project vote on Election Day this time is a game changer." -- Berkshire Hills School Committee member Rich Dohoney

School choice forum provides abundant information, but few were there to hear it

Total revenue for Berkshire Hills from students choicing in to the district is $1,450,000. Subtracting what is lost by students choicing out, net revenue comes to $850,000.
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