Robert Putnam, interim superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, wants to better communication between the towns and the school district.
Putnam, hired in May to lead the district as it searched for a permanent replacement, introduced himself to town officials at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting.
The two elementary schools in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be studied this summer to determine whether one should be closed.
School Committee member Edmund St. John IV asked Chairman Paul Butler on Monday when they will start serious discussions about possibly closing a school.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has unanimously voted to hire Robert Putnam as its interim superintendent.
The committee held a short meeting Wednesday to vote on hiring the former Central Berkshire Regional administrator.
The search for an interim superintendent took an unexpected turn Monday night when one of candidates declared the post was "not a good fit," thanked the committee and left.
The departure of Christine Canning came at the end of a somewhat tense interview with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee over the needs and expectations of the school district. At one point, she turned to fellow candidate Robert Putnam, shook his hand and said, "congratulations, you've got the job."
With budget cuts, staff cuts, and uncertainty over the future structure of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, there may not be room for school-choice students.
The School Committee decided Monday night to hold off on opening any more school-choice slots, which allow students from other school districts to enter the district. Slots are often a form of revenue since the state money follows the student.
One of Hoosac Valley's graduates will be headed for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis this summer.
Jared Haley of Adams is the first Hurricane known to obtain an appointment to the academy. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was on hand Tuesday morning to present his congressional nomination before Haley's family, teachers, and coaches.
C.T. Plunkett Elementary pupils and teachers are benefiting from the newly implemented student support center.
Principal Michelle Colvin introduced the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee on Monday to the team of Plunkett administrators and teachers who have created and implemented a program that allows disruptive students to leave the classroom, unwind, and learn better self-control.
Through a state grant, Adams and Cheshire will undergo a third-party cost analysis study and review of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District that will provide information on how to best restructure the district.
The Adam-Cheshire Regional School District will use the next year as a "stop gap" as it researches possible reorganization and brings on an interim superintendent.
School Committee member Darlene Rodowicz at Monday's meeting at C.T. Plunkett School said it should begin organizing subcommittees and meetings to decide what changes could be made to the structure of the two-town district to make it economically viable.
Town officials want some hard numbers before any talk about closing Cheshire Elementary School.
Chairwoman Carol Francesconi asked that the Selectmen on Tuesday to draft a letter to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee asking for a cost-benefit study of closing Cheshire Elementary School or C.T. Plunkett Elementary in Adams.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District budget is down for fiscal 2017 ó but only after slashing nearly $1 million, including a dozen positions.
Business Manager David Hinkell on Monday presented a $18,995,762 preliminary budget to the school committee Monday that represented a .58 percent decrease, or drop of $110,767, from this year's budget.
Adams-Cheshire Regional School Superintendent Kristen Gordon will resign at the end of the school year.
Gordon tendered her resignation to the School Committee on Monday and asked the board to modify her contract.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is attempting to cut more than $360,000 from the fiscal 2017 school budget to meet the expectations of its two member towns.
But different state formulas for calculate the towns' apportionments are making it difficult to figure how much to cut.
There may not be any snow for the cross country skiers, but the Hoosac Valley High School ski and snowboarding club has found luck on higher ground.
For the past three weeks, Hoosac Valley snow enthusiasts have made their way up to Berkshire East in Charlemont.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District School Committee approved an agreement to purchase a new $34,709 truck to replace the deteriorating truck currently at the high school.
Business Manager David Hinkell requested that the school committee approve a lease to own purchase agreement for a new truck with a plow to replace the old truck purchased in 2000.
Although a malfunction in a bathroom at C.T. Plunkett led to severe flooding in the building, administration anticipates all repairs will be completed before school tomorrow.
Adams-Cheshire Regional School District Superintendent Kristen Gordon said a part in the second-floor boys bathroom blew out shortly before dismissal Thursday afternoon.
"The water was unbelievable," Gordon said. "It was just a steady stream of water so the second floor was completely flooded. It went down to the firs