Late last year, current Superintendent Robert Putnam announced his retirement at the end of this school year and Putnam noted Monday that although applications are coming in, the district could also be the first to make a move.
Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools Assistant Director Stephen Hemman recommended to the committee on Monday that it aim for a closer completion date to accommodate Putnam, who plans to retire at the end of the year.
An advisory committee is recommending a new name for the regional school district: Hoosac Valley Regional.
The suggestion was made at the second meeting of the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee, which is reviewing the documents regulating the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.
The antiquated agreement was created in the mid-1960s when the regional district formed. The towns hadn't paid too much attention to the document until this past year, when budgeting woes led to the closure of Cheshire Elementary School over the protestations of Cheshire officials and residents. The smaller town was outmatched by Adams in voting strength.
Some of the biggest gains were seen in sixth-grade English Language Arts scores. In 2016, the medium growth percentile was 21; in 2017, the score was 55.
Another big gain was the Grade 4 math average score that was bumped up to 61 this year over last year's 28.
The School Committee heard from Hoosac Valley High School Principal Jerimiah Ames, who after going through the current state of the districtwide turnaround plan, briefed the committee on what the district is doing to keep these middle school students in the district.
Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the district has broken away from the idea of keeping classes homogeneous and now will now bring children of different capabilities together in Grades 4-7.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is down 7 percent in enrollment.
According to Oct. 1 preliminary enrollment numbers, the district dropped 98 students, from 1,318 down to 1,220. This year's enrollment numbers are down more than 300 since 2010.
Adams-Cheshire Regional School District administration reported that the school year started successfully.
Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the transition to a two-school district was a success and that the school year so far is running smoothly.
After a lengthy executive session with Adams Cheshire Regional School District's legal counsel Monday, the School Committee read a prepared statement regarding the former custodian who allegedly molested students in the 1970s.
Despite a slight shake up in the administrative team, Adams Cheshire Regional School District is ready for the new school year to begin, say officials.
Peter Bachli's departure this week to lead Morris Elementary School in Lenox has caused some more shifting around as the school district consolidates its grades from three schools to two.
The official name of the elementary school may have changed, but the markers designating it as C.T. Plunkett School will remain in place.
School officials say they have no intention of erasing Plunkett's history from the school. Rather, the name was changed to Hoosac Valley Elementary as a way to unify the regional school district with the closure of Cheshire School.
C.T. Plunkett School has a new, although familiar name: Hoosac Valley Elementary
The name change is part of a bid to bring some unity to the two towns of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District that have been riven by discord in the wake of the closure of Cheshire Elementary School. The shared high school has the same name, the designation for the river valley within which the two towns sit.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District's administrative team has reorganized and is ready to move forward with the new school configuration.
Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the team has been working diligently over the past school year reforming the district to better serve the needs of the district.
The schools' elementary music teacher, Jonathan Rowe, planned the folk dance nights with unification between Adams and Cheshire residents in mind. He hopes that people can experience how music transcends cultural or town boundaries to foster and develop a sense of community.
The Finance Committee rejected the citizen's petition article to amend the ACRSD agreement and allow Cheshire to independently fund their elementary school.
"We usually donít vote on citizenís petitions and we just send them through but this one will have a major impact," Finance Committee member Jeffrey Lefebvre said. "I think we should give a sense of direction on what our feeling is."
The town will vote to make an emergency amendment to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District agreement that may allow it to alone fund Cheshire Elementary School for a year.
Resident Jeremy McLain told the Selectmen on Tuesday that his group has a petition with more than 250 signatures asking the town's state representatives to find emergency funds to keep to school open. However, the Selectmen are putting an article on the annual town meeting just in case the state does not come through.