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Pittsfield Schools Outline Some Opening Guidelines

Superintendent Jason McCandless gave the School Committee an update Wednesday and compared known state reopening guidelines to what the Pittsfield Public Schools has tentatively planned or is expecting.

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Pittsfield to Explore Forming Office Of Diversity

The city will explore creating an office of diversity, equity, and inclusion to address issues in both the city government and the schools.

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Pittsfield Schools Leadership Hopeful For Budget Approval

Superintendent Jason Mccandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that he is hoping the contentious $64.4 million school budget clears the City Council's final vote but a 1/12th budget is being prepared.

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Pittsfield School Committee Make No Changes to Budget

Last week, the City Council had preliminarily approved the entire fiscal 2021 budget except for the $64.4 million school plan that they tossed back to the School Committee for another look. Councilors had expressed concern that the school budget was too tight.

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Pittsfield School Committee Reflects on Video Graduation

Members at Wednesday's meeting congratulated the Taconic and Pittsfield high school classes of 2020 who were recognized in a virtual graduation on Sunday.

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Pittsfield Schools Look at Education Options for Next School Year

Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless outlined Wednesday what education could look like next school year depending on the state of the pandemic and noted according to conversations with the state education officials, they will likely reopen with a hybrid model.

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Pittsfield School Superintendent Gives Remote Learning Update

Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday that although they have provided 3,000 students with school-owned laptops there are still many families without an internet connection.

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Pittsfield School Budget Anticipates $1.4M in Cuts

School administrators on Wednesday outlined one vision of a level-funded budget that could eliminate just under 30 positions.

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Pittsfield School Committee Discuss Master Plan

Mayor Linda Tyer told the rest of the School Committee on Wednesday that she recently toured some of the schools and felt that the district needs to begin the master planning process sooner than later.

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Pittsfield School Committee Mourns Faculty Losses

Before opening up its meeting Wednesday, the committee members held their typical moment of silence but made a special mention of Harrington who passed just last week.

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McCandless Staying on as Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools

Mayor Linda Tyer, while appearing on Live 95.9's "Slater and Marjo in the Morning" on Friday, said the superintendent isn't leaving the area.

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Pittsfield Superintendent Seeking New Opportunities

After McCandless' evaluation by the School Committee on Wednesday, he confirmed that he is a finalist for the superintendent's position of the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, just north of Plymouth.

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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year

There are 520 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in the district. On the other side of the spectrum, there are 1,632 high school students and 400 career and technical education students.

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Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9

The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for all students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth graders and ninth graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.

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Pittsfield Hones in On Curbing School Violence

A line in the proverbial sand has been drawn when it comes to school violence. Superintendent Jason McCandless released a video message a little over a week ago saying violence the city's school system will not be tolerated.

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Pittsfield Starts Another School Year

Elected officials, firefighters, police officers, and community members stood in rows outside of each elementary school Wednesday morning with arms stretched out to give each student a high five. School is back.

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Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day

A city resident is suing for $75,000 over alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. Alexander Blumin filed a lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state l

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Pittsfield Schools Hold Ground on Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee held firm on its decision to rename Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day. The committee took a moral stand back in January that Christopher Columbus was not someone to be celebrated and vowed to teach the true history of the man and the atrocities he for which he was responsible. And with that, they stripped the name of the holiday on the second Monday in October and renamed it in honor of the people whose cultures were destroyed because of his ac

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