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Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award

Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student. She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

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North Adams School Committee Member Objects to Student Dress, Phone Use

School Committee member Mark Moulton says he's been approached by nearly two dozen citizens critical about cellphone use and attire of students at Drury High School.

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North Adams Library Mulls Restoration of Landmark Cupola

The city may be known for its soaring steeples, but it also has an underused feature whose views easily rival those of its neighboring spires. The Blackinton Mansion's two-story cupola offers an expansive panorama of the city's downtown and its circling mountain range. It's a sight that few have seen in the 120 years since the private residence became the North Adams Public Library.

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North Adams School Officials Give Superintendent High Marks

The School Committee on Tuesday night confirmed its first evaluation of Superintendent Barbara Malkas, who was hired in May 2016. The evaluation and discussion by the committee had taken place at its last meeting at the end of June; the final document with written comments was approved on Tuesday.

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North Adams School Committee Votes to Reconfigure District

The changes will also allow the school district to move the pre-kindergarten program out of Johnson School and into the three elementary schools. The reconfiguration will be implemented at the beginning of the next school year.

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North Adams Mulls Moving PreK and Grade 7 Classes

The Finance and Facilities Subcommittee will recommend the School Committee approve reconfiguring grades to move Grade 7 up to the high school. The move to consolidate resources will also relocate the preK program from Johnson School into the elementary schools and add one class.

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North Adams School District Completing Repairs on Affected Water Taps

The school district has nearly completed repairs and replacement to water fixtures that showed elevated levels of lead and copper. All but six water faucets remain to be replaced.

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North Adams Schools Find Taps With Elevated Levels of Lead, Copper

An extensive testing of water delivery points in the city's schools has turned up elevated levels of lead and copper. Some 353 bubblers, faucets and other water taps were tested in September through a state grant through the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust. The results were received this week, with about 50 points identified as exceeding state levels for lead and copper.

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North Adams School Committee Welcomes Staff, OKs Contracts

The music has ended and the team, at least for the interim, is in place at Drury High School. Timothy Callahan, a school district veteran who has been assistant principal at Drury, will take the lead as interim principal. His temporary promotion created another vacancy, which is now being filled by Molly Meczywor, a teacher and former athletic director.

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Drury, Colegrove Principals Take New Roles

There are some staffing changes ahead for the North Adams Public Schools including the search for a new principal for Drury High School. Colegrove Park Elementary School Principal Shelley Fachini is moving to special education, and Drury High Principal Amy Meehan will be replacing her at "Old Drury."

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North Adams Library Furniture Purchased in Teacher's Memory

Readers in the Children's Library will now be able to sit in a sunny window, curl up in a comfy chair or study with friends around a table. Spending time in the library was important to longtime teacher Joan Rivers. And now future generations of North Adams Public Library patrons will be able to enjoy their stay a little bit better because of the furniture purchased in her memory.

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North Adams School Committee Welcomes Directors; Ratifies Contract

The city's new superintendent of schools is getting her team together for the start of the school year. Barbara Malkas, attending her first meeting of the School Committee since stepping into her new position earlier this month, presented the committee with two new hires in two new positions.

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North Adams Elementary Students Go to Summer Camp

Instead enjoying some off time in July, some 300 pupils are spending the month eagerly learning science at the North Adams Public School Science Summer Camp. This year's theme is "Kid Commotion to Save the Ocean." Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century site coordinator, said the children spend seven hours a day at Brayton Elementary learning about the ocean and leadership skills during the four-week program

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School Safety Patrol Graduates Thank First Responders

The School Safety Patrol program graduates recognized paramedics John Meaney Jr. and Amalio Jusino for volunteering and assisting in the program. The program teaches children safety and emergency response tactics. The participating pupils enjoyed a morning of bowling and pizza from Mingo's at their graduation pinning at Mount Greylock Bowl & Golf.

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North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout Stocking

The city's entire fourth-grade class turned out for the fish stocking event, getting some information on the four types of trout Mass Wildlife raises in its four hatcheries and getting the chance to help with the annual event. The day was designed to promote outdoor recreation, and provide the children an opportunity to be involved in a conservation project. The Berkshire County League of Sportsmen's Clubs was also involved.

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Malkas Offered Superintendent Post in North Adams

Barbara Malkas has been selected to lead the North Adams Public Schools. The School Committee made the unanimous decision on Monday night after about 45 minutes of discussion.

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North Adams School Official Intervews Superintendent Candidate

The community heard on Wednesday from the second of two finalists for superintendent of schools. Stephen Donovan, superintendent of the Acushnet School District, toured the North Adams and met with City Councilors and other community leaders prior to the evening interview with the School Committee.

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North Adams Names Two Finalists for Superintendent Post

Two candidates have been put forward as meeting the qualifications to lead the North Adams Public Schools, one of whom was an administrator in the Pittsfield schools. Barbara Malkas, currently superintendent in Webster, and Stephen Donovan, superintendent for Acushnet, were unanimously put foward by the 11-member search committee.

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North Adams Committee Begins Superintendent Search

The community is looking for a new superintendent who will prioritize instruction and finances and maintain an open dialogue with parents and the public at large. And residents very much want someone from outside the district.

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North Adams School Adds New Breakfast Program

Children at Brayton School are getting a healthy head start on their day by getting breakfast in the classroom. The pilot program began a few weeks ago and was be rolled out to the entire school this week, just in time for "National School Breakfast Week."

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Montepare Retires in April; North Adams Searching for New Superintendent

Superintendent of Schools James Montepare will retire at the end of March after more than 40 years in the school district and a dozen as superintendent. School officials are planning an aggressive search for his replacement with hopes to have someone s

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