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Williamstown Select Board Reviews Town Manager's Performance

In a special session called to wrap up the body's annual review, Town Manager Jason Hoch was complimented for his management style, innovation and continuing to keep the town on a solid financial footing.

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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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Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban

Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and sales of the drug in town.

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Williamstown's Village Ambulance on Better Financial Footing

Village Ambulance Service is on a better financial footing now than it was at the beginning of the year, and a study group looking its long term viability has a consultantís report to consider steps going forward, the president of the non-profitís board of directors said Monday.

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Williamstown Selectmen Give Town Manager Glowing Review

The board held its final vote on a weeks-long process that began with the development of a comprehensive technique for performing the evaluation and ended in a 5-0 decision to approve a report that found Hoch, "has shown himself to be a thoughtful, intelligent and articulate manager who comes with significant expertise in his field and the ability to learn quickly as new issues arise."

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Williamstown Selectmen Begin Process to Evaluate Town Manager

The Board of Selectmen on Monday discussed how it plans to evaluate its first-year town manager. The board hired Jason Hoch a little more than a year ago to replace retiring Town Manager Peter Fohlin. On Monday, Chairman Andrew Hogeland reminded his colleagues that they had not been through the evaluation process in a few years.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Splits on Superintendent Evaluation

A divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday gave a passing grade to the district's superintendent after his first year on the job. On a vote of 4-2 (with one member absent), the committee rated Douglas Dias "proficient," the second highest of four possible grades in the rubric established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The potential grades include unsatisfactory, needs improvement, proficient and exemplary.

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Lanesborough Chief Sorrell Receives High Marks in Performance Review

Town Manager Paul Sieloff couldn't be happier with the performance of the police chief in his first year. The Board of Selectmen authorized a 2.5 percent raise for Chief Timothy Sorrell Monday after Sieloff's exceptional review. As part of his contract, Sorrell will be reviewed annually and pay raises will be based on performance.

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