The 27 women in McCann Technical School's postsecondary program knew what they wanted when they started in September. And they're ready to get to work right now.
Hailey Burke of Cheshire received her diploma and pin in dental assisting on Monday night and will be in Pittsfield on Tuesday working in the office of Dr. Natalya Yantovsky.
The McCann School Committee accepted the school improvement plan for next year designed to beef up honors courses, integrate new software and focus on behavior.
Principal Justin Kratz presented the four school improvement goals Thursday that the School Council, a group made of students and teachers, decided to focus on for the upcoming school year.
McCann Technical School sent 119 graduates out into the world on Wednesday night. And asked them to consider coming back.
"You're really an impressive group of young people and you're all capable of accomplishing a lot," said Principal Justin Kratz, speaking the class of 2016 in the crowded Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "This group is off to do amazing things."
McCann Principal Justin Kratz said Dorwin is one of only four Massachusetts students to be named a Presidential Scholar this year, one of only 160 nationwide and only the third student in Berkshire County ever to receive the honor (according to the "unofficial official record-keeping" of local history buffs at McCann).
McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr.
The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state House of Representatives, a plaque from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and, perhaps more pointedly, a SkillsUSA medal and T-shirt from the students.
McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs.
The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.
McCann Technical School students Spenser Tanner and Samantha Dorwin will travel to Quebec this May to compete in "Competences Quebec."
Massachusetts SkillsUSA leadership announced at McCann on Thursday morning that Tanner, a metal fabrication senior, was selected by SkillsUSA Massachusetts to compete at the SkillsCanada invitational competition.
Town officials agree that the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District must close a school and that it shouldn't be C.T. Plunkett Elementary.
That consensus came during last week's review of the school budget during the third of four nights of fiscal 2017 budgetary review by the Selectmen and Finance Committee. Wednesday's review focused on Adams-Cheshire and McCann Technichal School that together make 39 percent of the entire $14.5 million spending plan for 2017.
The Adams Police Department presented the town with a life-size wooden statue of the town's K-9, Kumar, in a special case.
Police Chief Richard Tarsa, Officer Travis Cunningham, and K-9 Officer Curtis Crane brought the hand-carved and painted statue made by Berkshire Carousel to Wednesday's Selectmen's meeting.
McCann Technical School's SkillsUSA Chapter President Lauren DeRose and members Claire Klammer and Alexx Langlois explained their contributions to the non-profit Family Life Support Center in Adams.
School Committee member Gary Rivers said through the donations, repair work, and kindness of the McCann students, they were able to make the Louison House a "home" for the holidays.