It's been a long 16 years for Mark Moulton and John Hockridge but they will always have that time engraved in their minds and, now, on presentation clocks given to mark their departures from the committee.
The School Department said farewell to the second longest-serving members of the board on Tuesday night. Hockridge and Moulton were both elected in 2002, coming second only to Heather Boulger, who took office in 1998.
The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.
The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.
The city's new superintendent of schools was made official on Wednesday night with the ratification and signing of a three-year contract.
Barbara Malkas of Clarksburg is expected to begin her new duties July 1.
She is currently under contract with the Webster Public Schools, which she said is looking into hiring an interim superintendent.
The School Committee completed its first interview of the two finalists for the superintendent's position in the North Adams Public Schools.
Barbara Malkas, superintendent of the Webster Public Schools, spent the day visiting the schools and faculty, and attended a meet and greet with city councilors and other shareholders in the afternoon.