The regional school district's new leader is going above and beyond in keeping communication lines open with town officials
Robert Putnam, interim superintendent for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, was back in front of the board on Wednesday for the second time since being appointed July 1.
Adams-Cheshire Regional's new interim superintendent continued his introductory rounds last week, this time with the Board of Selectmen.
Robert Putnam had introduced himself to the Adams Selectmen earlier this month and addressed the regional district's School Committee for the first time last Monday.
Robert Putnam, interim superintendent of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, wants to better communication between the towns and the school district.
Putnam, hired in May to lead the district as it searched for a permanent replacement, introduced himself to town officials at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting.
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.
Mayor Richard Alcombright thanked Montepare for helping so many families in the city, including his own.
"You've been a tremendous friend not only to me but to everyone who's come in contact with you," he said. "You always find the right thing to do and the right way to do it."
Montepare, who retired a few months ago but stayed on as a part-time interim was attending his final School Committee meeting. His replacement, Barbara Malkas, begins on July 1.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee has unanimously voted to hire Robert Putnam as its interim superintendent.
The committee held a short meeting Wednesday to vote on hiring the former Central Berkshire Regional administrator.
The search for an interim superintendent took an unexpected turn Monday night when one of candidates declared the post was "not a good fit," thanked the committee and left.
The departure of Christine Canning came at the end of a somewhat tense interview with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee over the needs and expectations of the school district. At one point, she turned to fellow candidate Robert Putnam, shook his hand and said, "congratulations, you've got the job."
The city's new superintendent of schools was made official on Wednesday night with the ratification and signing of a three-year contract.
Barbara Malkas of Clarksburg is expected to begin her new duties July 1.
She is currently under contract with the Webster Public Schools, which she said is looking into hiring an interim superintendent.
The community heard on Wednesday from the second of two finalists for superintendent of schools.
Stephen Donovan, superintendent of the Acushnet School District, toured the North Adams and met with City Councilors and other community leaders prior to the evening interview with the School Committee.
The School Committee completed its first interview of the two finalists for the superintendent's position in the North Adams Public Schools.
Barbara Malkas, superintendent of the Webster Public Schools, spent the day visiting the schools and faculty, and attended a meet and greet with city councilors and other shareholders in the afternoon.
The School Committee this week will be making one of its most important decisions in years.
The city will be selecting its first educational leader in more than a decade after public interviews with two finalists.
"This is an exciting time for us," said Mayor Richard Alcombright on Tuesday.
The Adam-Cheshire Regional School District will use the next year as a "stop gap" as it researches possible reorganization and brings on an interim superintendent.
School Committee member Darlene Rodowicz at Monday's meeting at C.T. Plunkett School said it should begin organizing subcommittees and meetings to decide what changes could be made to the structure of the two-town district to make it economically viable.
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.
Adams-Cheshire Regional School Superintendent Kristen Gordon will resign at the end of the school year.
Gordon tendered her resignation to the School Committee on Monday and asked the board to modify her contract.
The Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 on Tuesday approved the creation of an assistant superintendent position to replace the Tri-District's director of pupil personnel services.
The Tri-District is the umbrella under which the regional junior-senior high school and SU-71 — a collaboration of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school districts — share a central administration.
The School Committee on Thursday took the first steps in finding a new superintendent by approving a search committee and job description.
The city hopes to have a new superintendent of schools in place by July 1 to replace James Montepare, who is retiring after more than 40 years in the school system.
Superintendent of Schools James Montepare will retire at the end of March after more than 40 years in the school district and a dozen as superintendent.
School officials are planning an aggressive search for his replacement with hopes to have someone s