WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the new Mount Greylock Regional School will continue through the summer months, the School Committee learned last week.
During a brief early evening open session on Wednesday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the committee that the middle-high school will again be an "active work site" after the planned last day of classes on June 24.
The work will include taking care of some items still on the punch list since the school opened for classes in September, but it also includes the replacement of carpet tiles in several areas, including the band room, orchestra room, media center (library), main office, guidance suite and pupil services department.
The cost of the work will be covered by the manufacturer of the carpet tiles involved, Grady said.
Grady indicated that the tile had an odor because of a manufacturing problem.
"We're the first [customer] in North America to have this problem," she said.
While the work can be completed during the summer at no cost to the district, it is an inconvenience.
"We will be breaking apart rooms that we finally put together," Grady said.
In addition to the interior work, laborers will be on site this summer addressing defective sidewalk slabs, including a high-profile spot in front of the main entrance of the school that was the victim of frost heaves in the building's first winter.
In other building project business on Wednesday, the School Committee OK'd the creation of a finance subcommittee of the School Building Committee to increase efficiency during the closeout phase of the $64 million addition/renovation project.
Grady told the committee that the School Building Committee has been having difficulty finding times when it can get a quorum together for a meeting, but there still are bills to be paid.
She said that Williamstown's Hugh Daley and Lanesborough's Steve Wentworth, who served on the School Building Committee's finance working group, have agreed to serve on a subcommittee along with Grady to approve invoices and recommend them for payment.
"We are slowed down with the process," she said. "This will speed it up."
The members of the committee also got some homework. They were tasked with completing their individual evaluations of Grady and returning the forms by June 3 so their responses can be compiled and the full committee can complete its formal review at its June meeting.
In the interim, the School Committee has a third May meeting on the calendar for Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m.
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Whoa!!! How can Ms. Grady appoint a sub committee of people who are not even on the school committee??? Is This Legal? Then why did we merge school districts and bother to elect a new school Committee? Is anyone in charge???
These are the school committee members, courtesy of the Berkshire Eagle:
Elected to four-year terms in Lanesborough were newcomer Christina Conry and incumbent Regina DiLego in the only contested school committee race. Incumbent Al Terranova won a two-year term uncontested.
In Williamstown, Dan Caplinger and Steven Miller were elected to four-year terms, while Joe Bergeron and newcomer Allison Carter took on two-year terms.
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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