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Adams-Cheshire Interim Superintendent Getting to Know Community

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Preparing To Discuss Closing A School

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Hires Interim Superintendent

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Left With One Candidate for Interim Superintendent

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."

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Adams-Cheshire Questions Opening School-Choice Slots

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.

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Congressman Neal Nominates Hoosac Valley Student to Annapolis

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.

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Plunkett Student Support Center Deemed a Success

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.

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Adams Cheshire to Undergo Third Party School Study

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.

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Cheshire May Ask Adams-Cheshire for Agreement Review

The Selectmen may ask for a review of its agreement with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District to see if changes should be made.

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Adams-Cheshire School District Begins Restructuring Process

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.

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Cheshire Officials Want Hard Data on Closing a School

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.

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Adams-Cheshire School Committee Sees Preliminary Budget

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Resigning at School Year's End

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Struggling to Meet Budget Goals

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.

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Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Says She is Still on the Job

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee is keeping mum on the recent absence of its superintendent. But Kristen Gordon says she's still in charge.

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Hoosac Valley Ski And Snowboarding Club Returns

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.

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Hoosac Valley High School to Get New Truck

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.

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CT Plunkett Repairs Underway; School Will Be Open Friday

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

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Adams-Cheshire Elementary Schools Improving

"I know his schedule is tight, and I get it, but it was right across the street." — Kristen Gordon

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Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Answers Civic Club Questions

"Last year was a very difficult budget process and this year is not going to be easier." — Kristen Gordon

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Lanesborough Selectmen Want Town Meeting Vote on School District

The Selectmen want to survey town voters by paper ballot about whether they want the board to pursue the dissolution of the regional school district.

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Adams-Cheshire Hears From Deans Of Students

"I am not there for punishment. My role is to change behaviors and to make sure if something happens it does not repeat." — Patricia Misiuk

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Adams-Cheshire District Pledges Better Communication With Cheshire

"I think that put a damper on the whole budget process, and it was just confusing this year." — Carol Francesconi

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Lanesborough FinCom Continues Discussion On School Funding

"You can't cut your way out of it." — Steve Wentworth

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Adams-Cheshire School Committee Halts Costa Rica Fundraising

"I feel bad because there are kids that want to go, thatís why I am torn." — Stephan Vigna

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