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For years, towns served by the Berkshire Hills Regional School District saw an increase in the number of Spanish-speaking families, mostly from Latin America. A network of people from within the Latino community decided to act, so students had the support they needed to succeed.
As a panel continues to study merging high schools and school districts, members of the Southern Berkshire School Committee say they have not felt heard or respected. Enter a facilitator.
Last year, Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington did away with three academic class levels for ninth-graders, removing the “tracks” that separated students by achievement and aptitude. This year, Monument is doing the same with the 10th grade. By 2024, the entire school will be “de-leveled.” Great Barrington’s experience offers lessons to educators across Berkshire County.
The historic original meeting house in Stockbridge, not used by the town since 2007, could become a new home for the Berkshire Waldorf High School.
NAMI Berkshire County, a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its first Youth Mental Health Retreat hosted in partnership with Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
If all the towns agree, the two districts could merge, and teens from all eight towns would attend Monument Mountain High in Great Barrington. Mount Everett would maintain its middle school. The middle and elementary schools would go unchanged.
Things are looking up in Stockbridge, like property value and the number of children living in the community. Also up is the cost of education.
The Berkshire Hills Regional School District has received $41,250 in state funding to support a program that provide high school students with opportunities to learn and gain experience in a particular industry through career exploration, technical courses and internships.
Berkshire Hills takes another step toward a new Monument High: A $1.5 million design study that will help secure state funding for what is estimated to be a $100 million project.