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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."