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CONNECTIONS: A tale of two 19th-century Berkshire women

One had a solid impact on Berkshire County and her generation. While the other, although more famous, may have had no impact on the county at all. You decide.

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.

‘Next steps’ for Monument uncertain after panel fails to reach a consensus on high school’s future

The devil, however, was in the details, as panelists debated the pros and cons of building a brand-new new school or stripping the old one down to its core, constructing an addition and adding sprinkler systems and new infrastructure.

A fourth town joining Berkshire Hills could save millions on a new high school

If the Berkshire Hills Regional School District could increase the number of towns that are formally members of the district, it could be leveraged to have a significant effect on the reimbursement rate for a potential project from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Tabakin wants cooperation from Berkshire Hills, insists town is ‘up against our’ levy limit

Tabakin asked the school committee to delay its vote to approve or reject the proposed budget because she would like the school committee to meet first with Great Barrington’s selectmen and finance committee.

Berkshire Hills budget: $1 million increase for Great Barrington seen as excessive

Great Barrington's assessment will rise a projected 6.7 percent to about $16.4 million, in part because of an increase in the town's state-mandated minimum local contribution, which determines a minimum each town should pay based on the wealth of the community.

Huge rise in Berkshire Hills assessment for Great Barrington averted as health insurance premiums stay flat

The vote by Berkshire Health Group, the school district's joint health insurance-purchasing entity, to keep rates flat for next year surprised district officials, but they're not complaining.

Berkshire Hills committee adopts new formula for funding school capital projects

The towns will pay for future improvements or building projects for the district’s three schools based on what the state calls “equalized value [EQV],” defined as the “full and fair cash value” of all taxable property in a town.

Culture Shock: $25 million Berkshire Hills budget envisions cuts to arts, music programs

In order to avoid too big an increase to taxpayers, the school committee has to cut between $400,000 to $600,000 this year. Still, Great Barrington will see an almost 7 percent increase, Stockbridge will see a 9 percent increase, and West Stockbridge, a 3 percent increase.
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