WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A mistake by an environmental testing service at the Mount Greylock Regional School led the district to having to provide a notice to all of its families about the spring 2018 lapse in procedures.
At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Kimberley Grady informed the committee of the omission in the campus's regular testing protocol for radium.
The error was discovered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which is requiring the district to distribute the notice, seen here.
Over the weekend, Grady sent the same notice by email to students' families.
Grady said the school's water supply, which comes from onsite wells, has never tested for concerning levels of radium and was tested on schedule both before and after the missed test in April.
She also emphasized that the school's water continues to receive its regular monthly testing for other issues without any negative reports or interruptions.
Grady made no excuses for the oversight to the committee but said the vendor, Lee's Housatonic Basin Sampling & Testing "owned" the mistake. She later confirmed that Mass DEP advised her that the district needed to take no action with respect to the testing service, no increase in testing is required and regular monitoring could be continued as scheduled.
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I agree with the above commenter that a comprehensive testing of water from the school's on-site wells should be mandatory after a major demolition and construction project that disturbed large amounts of soil.
Mount Greylock School Committee Completes Superintendent Evaluation
By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee gave first-year Superintendent Kimberley Grady passing marks on her first formal evaluation while recognizing that the evaluation process itself was incomplete given Mount Greylock's transition to a fully regionalized PreK-12 district.
Four of the six committee members who completed the evaluation process gave Grady an overall mark of proficient in the evaluation rubric established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for administrators across the commonwealth. Two gave her an overall score of "needs improvement," though at least one commented in the written evaluation that she is at the higher end of the "needs improvement" range.
And the "needs improvement" classification itself was not to be unexpected for someone who was hired as a full-time superintendent after a spring 2018 vote of the committee.
DESE's guidance to school committees is that, "for first- and second-year superintendents, there will most likely be 'needs improvement,' " acting Chairwoman Regina DiLego said.
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