Katherine Yon will continue to chair the Pittsfield School Committee.
During the re-organization meeting Wednesday the committee voted Yon back to the leadership position. Yon has served as chair since 2014.
The School Committee is going to have to consider closing a school.
At least five of the six candidates for the committee believe that has to be on the table. Six total candidates are on the ballot for six seats. On Monday, five of those candidates gathered for a conversation at Berkshire Community College.
School Committee Daniel Elias was at the bank the other day when he ran into two school employees, both of which could be part of the 73.5 reduction in staffing this year.
"We can't lose sight of the faces that are attached to these numbers," Elias said.
The school district is considering reducing staff by 57 employees.
Superintendent Jason McCandless presented a preliminary budget to the School Committee Wednesday night which calls for the sharp reduction in staff. Overall, the budget would still be up by a half million dollars but the staff reductions counter increased cost for contractual obligatons.
Superintendent Jason McCandless said he is watching closely what the federal replacement to No Child Left Behind will ultimately mean for the district.
Last year the federal government adopted Every Student Succeeds Act and it was signed into law on Dec. 10. The program replaces No Child Left Behind but it does retain some of those provisions. When it comes to the local level, the largest changes would be regarding the ranking system.
The School Committee is urging a no vote on Question 2, which would raise the cap on the number of charter schools and allow a dozen more to open.
The ballot question will be put to voters on Nov. 8. In April, the School Committee passed a proclamation against the question. That same proclamation was tabled by the City Council on Tuesday.
Superintendent Jason McCandless is regretting the district's decision to pilot the PARCC test.
City schools entered a two-year agreement with the state for students to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Career and College test.
While the results revealed some holes in the curriculum, McCandless said the district focused too much on the logistics of administrating the test, which could have better used.