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North Adams School Committee Votes to Keep Adjustment Counselor

The committee OK'd a level-funded budget of $17,769,075 on a vote of 5-2 with members Tara Jacobs and Ian Bergeron voting against because of concerns that the budget did not address what they felt were deficiencies in the arts and special education.

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North Adams Moving Forward on Level-Funded Budget

This week, the news isn't quite so awful with the state committed to level-funding aid through at least the first two months of fiscal 2021. But the district isn't out of the woods yet, Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the committee on Tuesday.

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North Adams Schools Mull Reconfiguration, Closure Scenarios

School officials are bracing for a worst-case budget scenario that could mean the closure of one of the three elementary schools. At minimum, the district is anticipating reductions in positions. There's also the possibility of the reconfiguration of Brayton and Greylock schools.

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North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled

The district has already been connecting with students from the early days of the closure through online platforms reading stories, providing resources and materials for Advanced Placement, calling students and offering music lessons through Google hangouts.

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North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans

A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 if not longer and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan before the spreading novel coronavirus put everyone on an emergency footing.

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North Adams Schools to Review Dress Codes

The Policy Subcommittee on Thursday voted to recommend the establishment of an ad hoc committee to aid in making the regulations more consistent across the district.

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MCAS Results Find North Adams Schools Making 'Substantial' Progress

But school officials are a little worried on how to translate the charts, graphs and scores into something that makes sense for the average parent.

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North Adams Public Schools Start With Hello

Teachers, administrators, and city leaders were stationed bright and early at the entrance of all city schools Friday morning with spools of stickers in hand ready to welcome each student.

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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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