The School Committee said it was a difficult decision but didn't debate too long Tuesday night before voting in favor of Vosburgh. Although the six members present thought all three final candidates would do a good job, the majority of the committee felt Vosburgh was the best fit for the district.
The School Committee voted unanimously Monday to suspend talks with North Adams and agreed to focus on hiring its own superintendent. The vote clears the way for the school district to hire a replacement for retiring Superintendent Robert Putnam.
The School Committee is searching for a replacement for Superintendent Robert Putnam, who is retiring at the end of the school year. At the same time, it is in talks with North Adams about possibly sharing a top administrator.
North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional school committees have agreed to create a subcommittee to gather some solid data on the benefits and challenges of sharing a school superintendent. Described as a "unique opportunity" by Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler, the proposal also has numerous unknowns.
After quickly reviewing the District Management Group Shared Superintendent Feasibility Study on Monday, the committee asked to hash out the prospect of a shared administrator further with North Adams.
With the closing of Cheshire Elementary School last year, an aging C.T. Plunkett school building, and a steadily declining population, the School committee has set its sights on soliciting the Massachusetts School Building Authority for funds to build a new elementary school on the Hoosac Valley High School campus.
Last year, school officials asked their state representation to fight for funds to offset rising costs and flat revenues. The budget was dire enough to consolidation of its schools and restructuring of the school district.
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.