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North Adams School Committee Approves FY2019 Budget

The School Committee on Monday approved a $17.7 million budget for fiscal 2019 that is up just under 2 percent from this year. The City Council is expected to approve the school budget Tuesday night as part of the city's overall spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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North Adams Superintendent Up for Second Evaluation

In other business last week, the committee appointed Boulger and Chairman and Mayor Thomas Bernard to the Shared Services Subcommittee made up of the Northern Berkshire school districts. The creation of this subcommittee came out of the discussions of possibly sharing a superintendent with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School district.

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North Adams Elementary Pupils, Storey Publish Book on Leadership

Students involved in the after-school community service learning project program gathered at Storey's headquarters on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art campus on Monday with family, teachers and Storey staff to reveal "The Road to Leadership" that features biographies on known leaders as well as interviews with local and school leaders.

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North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told Sutherland that she has made an impact on many in the district and community.

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North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Creating Panel to Study Shared Superintendency

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.

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North Adams Schools Asks Retiring Business Manager to Stay Longer

Ziter is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, but Superintendent Barbara Malkas informed the committee there has been difficulty in hiring a qualified, licensed candidate.

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Cupcake Reward Tops $10K Northern Berkshire United Way Drive

A chance to be a "United Way hero" and get a box of homemade cupcakes drove the School Department's donations to Northern Berkshire United Way across the $10,000 line last week.

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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 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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