Category Archives: Education

For The Record – Episode 4

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the district agreement and what’s next after the rejection of the $51 million renovation project for Monument Mountain Regional High School. Also on the agenda is the arrest on vandalism charges of Bart Elsbach, the former chair of the Sheffield Zoning Board ofRead More

For The Record – Episode 3

Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top stories in The Berkshire Record, including the rejection of the $51 million renovation project for Monument Mountain Regional High School. If the video doesn’t display properly on this page, click here to view it.

For The Record – Episode 2

Episode 2 of For The Record. Kameron Spaulding and I talk about this week’s top news stories for the first 10 minutes. The rest of the show is comprised of a one-on-one with yours truly and Walter “Buddy” Atwood III, member of the Great Barrington Finance Committee. We talk about the proposed $51 million renovation forRead More

Pot, Meet Kettle: The Delectable Buffoonery of Alan Chartock

There are few things in life more delicious than receiving a lecture on tolerance from the intolerant. Such occurrences make life worth living. Indeed, I’d put them on a par with a glass of fine single-malt scotch or a grass-fed beef burger at The Well. This weekend, Alan Chartock suggested in his artless column in the BerkshireRead MoreRead More

Salisbury Shows Its Mettle In Region One Battle

Once again, my town has shown admirable common sense in the face of a media onslaught urging us to do otherwise. Longtime Salisbury Board of Education member Jennifer Weigel soundly defeated radio host Marshall Miles to win a seat on the Region One Board of Education as the town’s representative. Her 682-442 margin of victoryRead More

CPB: WHDD’s Marshall Miles Ethically Challenged

Update: Miles is lashing out at both me and the CPB ombudsman. He is clearly worried. * * * * * * * One of our local radio stations, which brands itself as “the smallest NPR station in the nation,” has been slammed for poor ethics after its head decided to run for a regionalRead MoreRead More

Region One: Doomed To Repeat History?

Update: Below in the comment thread is the full text of Ruth’s piece. Please forgive the line breaks. * * * * * * * * There is a fascinating article (paywall) in this morning’s Republican American by Ruth Epstein on the last time Regional School District Number One endured multiple budget defeats. At that time,Read MoreRead More

Region One Math Lessons

A quick note of amusement: My wife, who is slightly better at math than I am, pointed out an obvious flaw in Marshall Miles’ dimwitted assertion that the repeated rejections of the Region One budget have saved the district money, even factoring in the cost of all those districtwide referenda. In an embarrassingly inept postRead More

Region One Budget Fails For 5th Time

My reaction to Region One’s fifth budget defeat in a row can be summed up in one tweet: Region 1 budget fails for the 5th time. Boring! Keep holding these votes at town halls. At $8k a pop, they’re fun monthly social gatherings. — Terry Cowgill (@terrycowgill) August 21, 2013 I am officially no longerRead More

Harnett’s Reasons For Leaving HVRHS

Lest anyone doubt that Housatonic Valley Regional High School Principal Matt Harnett’s recent resignation had anything to do with the political climate in Region One, read excerpts of his resignation letter to Board Chairman Jonathan Moore, as reported (paywall) by the Republican American: “Over the past several months a series of events have caused me toRead More