The Southern Regional School District held a well-attended in-person and virtual conversation with its Superintendent, Dr. Beth Regulbuto, and the School Committee on September 27, 2023. Read on...
The Berkshire Eagle and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will co-host an informational forum on the proposed merger of Southern Berkshire Regional School and Berkshire Hills Regional School Districts, Wed., October 4, from 7 to 8:30 PM. Read on...
School Board meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Mt. Everett Regional School, 491 Berkshire School Road, Sheffield, MA.
- Kyle Bartlett
- James DiPisa
Stay Up-to-Date on the Proposed Merger of Berkshire Hills and Southern Berkshire Regional School Districts
With the future importance of the vote on the merger agreement, which will be taken at an October Egremont Special Town Meeting, watch the Community Television for the Southern Berkshire (CTSB) educational channel's replay of the SBRSD September 27 Merger Conversation. Use the search bar and enter 'SBRSD September 27 Community Conversation' to locate the video quickly.
Below are PDFs you can download that SBRSD made available as handouts and the proposed Southern Berkshire Hills Regional School District Agreement Approved by the Regional School District Planning Board (RSDPB). You will also find the link to the RSDPB website on this page.
About the Egremont Village School
The South Egremont School is one of the last one-room schoolhouses in continuous operation in the United States. The school hosts a unique Kindergarten program and provides many intangibles unmatched elsewhere. The original 1880 single-story wood frame structure houses the school in the center of South Egremont village. When built, it was state-of-art with its large windows to maximize daylighting and southerly facing to capture solar warmth in the winter.
The School is an integral part of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
Unlocking the Future: SBRSD's New Partnership with Transcend Leads to Educational Innovation
The Southern Berkshire Regional School District made news at the start of the school year with its selection as 1 of 10 districts nationwide to participate in the prestigious Transcend Rural Schools Design 2.0 Cohort. This achievement and recognition comes in addition to Mt. Everett's designation as an Early College in partnership with Bard College at Simon's Rock. (see below)
Superintendent Regulbuto, in her News and Notes to SBRSD families, said, "This remarkable opportunity will help propel us into a new era of educational excellence, allowing us to transform and reimagine the learning experience for our students. Transcend Rural Schools Design 2.0 Cohort is an innovative program that brings together forward-thinking educators, schools, faculty, staff, students, and community members to collaborate on cutting-edge educational practices. Through this cohort, we will have access to a network of educators, researchers, and experts who are at the forefront of education innovation. This collaboration will empower us to create an even more personalized, engaging, student-centered learning environment."
Transcend, a national non-profit, is "made up of a diverse team of educators, innovators, and changemakers with experience as school and system leaders, working towards a vision where all young people learn in ways that enable them to thrive in and transform the world. The organization is unified in the mission to support school communities to create and spread extraordinary, equitable learning environments."
Watch the video on Transcend's website to understand better Transcend and how it pursues its mission.
Mt. Everett Designated as an Early College
Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) received designation as a wall-to-wall Early College District. All Mt. Everett high school students will take college courses before they graduate. 100% of students are pre-enrolled in the program. All early college classes, books, and transportation are free of charge to students and their families. This program is part of the Massachusetts initiative to remove barriers to higher education. SBRSD is one of the few state-wide wall-to-wall, fully immersive schools.
What is Early College
Early college blends elements of high school and college. Students take college coursework and earn college credits while simultaneously completing high school graduation requirements.
Early college at Mt. Everett helps give students more choices in deciding the look and feel of their education. As the program grows, students will be able to earn as many as 16 college credits in their junior and senior years. Faculty from Simon's Rock (an early college) and Mt. Everett faculty trained as "Early College Instructors" teach the college-credit courses.
Support for Mt. Everett's Early College program starts in middle school, with students introduced to the new framework, allowed to take sample classes, and visit college campuses on field trips.
Students who wish to develop skills to gain employment without pursuing a four-year college degree receive relevant courses and internships to help prepare them for success in any work environment and in specific trades requiring higher levels of technical training.
Simon's Rock & Mt. Everett
Bard College at Simon's Rock is Mt. Everett's Higher Education Partner. Among the first early college innovators. Simon's Rock provides Early College credits and college transcripts.
$40K Grant Allows SBRSD to Identify Students' Unique Emotional Needs
SBRSD was awarded over $40,000 as part of the Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Grant. This grant represents a third-year state and federally-funded continuation that aims to bolster the District's multi-tiered support systems to address better the social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of our students, families, and educators.
One significant result of this grant will be the implementation of universal mental health screenings, which will help school officials identify and address students' unique needs. The District sees this as a proactive approach to ensure that every student receives the support they need to succeed academically, emotionally, and socially.
Taking the Heat Off Town Budgets: SBRSD's Proactive HVAC Upgrade Improves Energy Efficiency
It was hot and humid in the first days of school, but students at SBRSD's Sheffield campus were kept cool with school-wide air conditioning. Over the last 18 months, SBRSD has utilized $1.5 million of its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to replace the HVAC units on the campus. It was a proactive step to maintain facilities and avoid debt service expenditures for Egremont and the other 5 district towns.
The new HVAC will cool, warm, and ventilate the building while bringing significant energy efficiency and energy-saving technology benefits.
SBRSD Invests in Solar: A Proactive Approach to Finance and Sustainability
The SBRSD School Committee has approved the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Sheffield Campus. Superintendent Regulbuto reports, "This initiative aligns with our goal of proactively finding ways to offset expenses, allowing us to allocate the greatest number of available resources to our classrooms. The solar panel project is scheduled to commence in the next few weeks and is expected to be completed this fall. This project not only demonstrates our commitment to sustainability but also reflects our dedication to financial stewardship and the environment."
The solar project is expected to be completed this fall.
8 Town Regional School District Planning Board (RSDPB) News & Related Documents
RSDPB Informational Packet Presented to Select Board Aug. 22, 2023 (PDF)RSDPB July/August Update (PDF)
RSDPB September Update (PDF)
RSDPB October Update (PDF)
RSDPB January 2023 Update (PDF)
RSDPB April 2023 Update (PDF)
RSDPB June 2023 Update (PDF)