The Transition Committee opted against the superintendent's recommendation to shorten the April vacation.
Superintendent Kimberly Grady proposed a school calendar which replaced the vacation with two long weekends. Grady was worried that extra snow days could put the district in a position where it wouldn't have the required 185 days of school.
John Franzoni, principal of Brayton Elementary School in North Adams, was the last of three formal interviews the committee held this week. On Wednesday night, just minutes after he'd left Clarksburg School, the committee voted for him 10-2 on a roll call vote.
The superintendent search committee selected Vermont's Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent William Bazyk, Florida's Abbot Memorial School Principal Heidi Dugal and North Adams' Brayton Elementary School Principal John Franzoni from among five candidates interviewed last week.
The School Committee said it was a difficult decision but didn't debate too long Tuesday night before voting in favor of Vosburgh. Although the six members present thought all three final candidates would do a good job, the majority of the committee felt Vosburgh was the best fit for the district.
The School Committee voted unanimously Monday to suspend talks with North Adams and agreed to focus on hiring its own superintendent. The vote clears the way for the school district to hire a replacement for retiring Superintendent Robert Putnam.
The School Committee is searching for a replacement for Superintendent Robert Putnam, who is retiring at the end of the school year. At the same time, it is in talks with North Adams about possibly sharing a top administrator.
Below are excerpts from the hour-long interviews of each candidate, during which the committee asked a series of predetermined questions with an opportunity for committee members to ask follow-up questions.
North Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional school committees have agreed to create a subcommittee to gather some solid data on the benefits and challenges of sharing a school superintendent. Described as a "unique opportunity" by Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler, the proposal also has numerous unknowns.
The School Committee has set a tentative meeting for Monday, April 9, with the members of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee to enter into discussions about the possibility of sharing a superintendent.
After quickly reviewing the District Management Group Shared Superintendent Feasibility Study on Monday, the committee asked to hash out the prospect of a shared administrator further with North Adams.
On Tuesday, Search Committee Chairman Steven Miller told the full Transition Committee he had notified the two finalists and received confirmation from each that he and she would like to continue in the process.
This week, the district's advertisement for a permanent superintendent was posted on the website of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which, along with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, is one of the main vehicles for getting the word out.
The School Committee on Tuesday endorsed fast-tracking an aspect of a two-year feasibility study to look specifically at how a shared superintendent might work. That portion of the study is being expedited because of the coming retirement of Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Robert Putnam.
Late last year, current Superintendent Robert Putnam announced his retirement at the end of this school year and Putnam noted Monday that although applications are coming in, the district could also be the first to make a move.
The committee decided on the following seats for the search panel: two members of the Transition Committee, one teacher, one parent, one principal, one town official from either Lanesborough or Williamstown and one Mount Greylock student.
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.