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Pittsfield Schools Backs Indigenous Peoples Day

Elias joined in a unanimous vote on Wednesday to delete Columbus' name from the school calendar on the second Monday of October and replace it with Indigenous People's Day.

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Yon Will Continue to Chair Pittsfield School Committee

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee Candidates Discuss Future

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.

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Pittsfield Considering Cutting 73.5 Jobs In School Department

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.

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Preliminary Pittsfield School Budget Calls For 57 Job Reductions

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.

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Pittsfield Super Tracking Impacts of Federal Education Act

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee Urges No On Charter School Question

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.

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School Committee Gives Pittsfield Superintendent Rave Review

The School Committee presented Superintendent Jason McCandless with his review on Wednesday, rating him exceptional and praising his leadership and work in the district.

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