The Board of Selectmen approved the recommended town administrator search process that it hopes to have wrapped up by April.
The Board of Selectmen’s personnel subcommittee brought forth its recommendations Wednesday and asked the full board to approve the process which could be completed within four to six months.
On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year contract.
Several members said it might be wise to follow a process before making what might be the most significant decision of the committee designed to lead the district until November's election of a brand-new school committee.
The Selectmen's personnel subcommittee has started to outline the town administrator search process and agreed it wants more selectmen involvement.
The personnel subcommittee met with interim Town Administrator and Director of Community Development Donna Cesan on Thursday to discuss the town's next move in finding a new administrator.
BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director. Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than January 1 and no later than September 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.
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.