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Two Will Be Interviewed For Adams-Cheshire Superintendent

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration.
Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless announced Monday that McEvoy, currently principal of Herberg Middle School, has altered his plans and instead of going for the top administrative post in Adams-Cheshire will stay in Pittsfield. 
"He felt as though he owes Pittsfield and owes Herberg a few more years to see us through this turnaround plan and has withdrawn from consideration so we can rest a little easier," he McCandless told the Pittsfield School Committee. "We are happy to say Dr. McEvoy will be back with us next year."
Adams-Cheshire, soon to go by the Hoosac Valley Regional School District, is seeking a replacement for Superintendent Jon Vosburgh, who resigned at the end of July after a year on the job. Vosburgh, formerly principal of Taconic High School in Pittsfield, will start the school year Nessacus Middle School in Dalton.
His unexpected departure prompted Adams-Cheshire school officials to immediately begin a replacement search. In the interim, the district's former superintendent Al Skrocki has stepped in.
The committee will still interview two candidates Thursday: another administrator from Pittsfield in Crosby Elementary School Principal Aaron Dean and Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette from the Northampton Public School District.
Like McEvoy, Dean and Choquette are Berkshire County residents and in the past worked had worked in Adams-Cheshire.
The School Committee has said it will reopen the search rather than be forced into a decision without an acceptable applicant pool. 
The public interviews will be held Thursday starting at 6 p.m. in the Hoosac Valley High School library. 

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Adams, Economic Officials Explain 40R Housing Bylaw

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A petition is asking officials to slow down approval of the zoning amendment until it can be reviewed more fully.
ADAMS, Mass. — Residents remain wary of a proposal to adopt the state's 40R legislation that would provide incentives for reusing old buildings for both the town and developers.
But Tuesday's more than two-hour meeting explaining step by step the statute, the definitions, and how a Smart Growth Overlay District would work seemed to temper some of the controversy. 
"None of us will leave until we have every question at least answered," said Town Administrator Jay Green to the well-attended gathering at the Visitors Center. "You may not like the answer. You may not agree with it, but we're going to answer the question for you."
The town's consideration of the 15-year-old Chapter 40R caused an uproar over the past couple months as many residents believed it referred to public or low-income housing. A number of posts on Facebook detailed problems with area public housing developments that are not 40R and expressed worry that the town would become a magnet for low-income housing. 
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