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Clarksburg School Declines North Adams Food Service Proposal

The School Committee voted 2-1 last week to decline an offer from the North Adams Public Schools' Food Service Department to take over the cafeteria

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Colegrove Park School Dismissed Early for Hot Water Issues

Colegrove Park Elementary School pupils were released early on Thursday after the report of gas smell in the kitchen turned up a different problem in the hot water system.

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North Adams Elementary Students Get College Experience

Although it was spring break and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students were off last week, class was in session in Venable Hall.

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North Adams Students Getting Two Weeks at Christmas

The School Committee earlier this month approved a 2019-20 calendar that schedules a holiday vacation that runs from Dec. 23, 2019, to Jan. 3, 2020.

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North Adams Awarded Grant to Expand Pre-Kindergarten

In collaboration with Child Care of the Berkshires, the North Adams Public Schools has been awarded $285,549 to create a new full-day pre-kindergarten program located at Brayton Elementary School, and to expand an existing program currently operated by Child Care of the Berkshires at Monument Square.

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North Adams Hires Away NBSU Business Administrator

Carrie Burnett, who was hired last year as part of a one-year shared services agreement with the union, will take over all budgeting and finance office for the North Adams Public Schools.

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Federal Shutdown May Pinch North Adams School Lunch Program

The School Department's food services rely on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund 97 percent of all of its food programs. Those funds are reimbursed on a monthly basis.

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North Adams Recognizes Child Cancer Month, Sandy Hook Promise

Mayor Thomas Bernard read two proclamations last week recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the city's participation in a weeklong program from the Sandy Hook Promise.

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North Adams School Committee Approves FY2019 Budget

The School Committee on Monday approved a $17.7 million budget for fiscal 2019 that is up just under 2 percent from this year. The City Council is expected to approve the school budget Tuesday night as part of the city's overall spending plan for fiscal 2019.

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North Adams Superintendent Up for Second Evaluation

In other business last week, the committee appointed Boulger and Chairman and Mayor Thomas Bernard to the Shared Services Subcommittee made up of the Northern Berkshire school districts. The creation of this subcommittee came out of the discussions of possibly sharing a superintendent with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School district.

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North Adams Elementary Pupils, Storey Publish Book on Leadership

Students involved in the after-school community service learning project program gathered at Storey's headquarters on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art campus on Monday with family, teachers and Storey staff to reveal "The Road to Leadership" that features biographies on known leaders as well as interviews with local and school leaders.

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North Adams Schools Say Goodbye to Longtime Administrative Assistant

Mayor and Chairman of the School Committee Thomas Bernard told Sutherland that she has made an impact on many in the district and community.

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North Adams, Adams-Cheshire Creating Panel to Study Shared Superintendency

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.

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North Adams School Committee OKs Calendar

The School Committee on Tuesday approved a school calendar for 2018-19 that begins after the Labor Day weekend, with a Sept. 4 start for kindergarten through Grade 8 and Sept. 5 for Grades 9-12. Drury High School graduation is June 6 and the last school day on Friday, June 21.

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North Adams Schools Asks Retiring Business Manager to Stay Longer

Ziter is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, but Superintendent Barbara Malkas informed the committee there has been difficulty in hiring a qualified, licensed candidate.

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Cupcake Reward Tops $10K Northern Berkshire United Way Drive

A chance to be a "United Way hero" and get a box of homemade cupcakes drove the School Department's donations to Northern Berkshire United Way across the $10,000 line last week.

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Drury High Senior Presented With Superintendent's Award

Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student. She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

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North Adams School Committee Member Objects to Student Dress, Phone Use

School Committee member Mark Moulton says he's been approached by nearly two dozen citizens critical about cellphone use and attire of students at Drury High School.

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North Adams School Officials Give Superintendent High Marks

The School Committee on Tuesday night confirmed its first evaluation of Superintendent Barbara Malkas, who was hired in May 2016. The evaluation and discussion by the committee had taken place at its last meeting at the end of June; the final document with written comments was approved on Tuesday.

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