NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the first Berkshire County Education Task Force “Aspirations Outreach Meeting” on Tuesday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

This event – which is free and open to the public – is an opportunity for the Task Force to hear from members of the community about their aspirations, hopes, and dreams for quality education for every Berkshire County child.

For the past two years, the Berkshire County Education Task Force – a 30-member group comprised of school committee members, school administrators, business people, city and town officials, and others – has met every third Saturday morning to develop and recommend ways to ensure that every child in Berkshire County has a high quality education.

The intent of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is to develop and recommend solutions that address the problem statement and specifically:

  •         Improve access, diversity, breadth and quality of educational programs for children county-wide so they are fully prepared for college, career and a life here in the Berkshires,
  •         Create economies of scale (financial savings) through new collaborations, technologies, partnerships, and regional agreements between towns/cities and districts,
  •         Advance new investments in collaborative solutions (ie. expanded pre-K programming, or special education services) that improve educational services and opportunities for children county-wide,
  •         Maintain and honor the unique identity of each Berkshire community, ensuring citizens remain fully connected and engaged with their schools, and
  •         Reflect age appropriate social and learning practices, such as transportation/travel time and the number of school/grade transitions.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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