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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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Pittsfield School Committee to Reconsider Indigenous Peoples Day

The School Committee will reconsider its decision to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day after the Italian-American community voiced outrage at the decision. The School Committee in January voted to make the change on the school calendar. But, that brought out the ire of the Italian-American community who showed up in numbers at both this week's City Council meeting and School Committee meeting.

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United Way, Berkshire Bank Surprise Teachers On National Teacher Appreciation Day

Teachers at Crosby Elementary School were getting their classes through the MCAS on Tuesday. They still have lessons to teach. And then there was knock on each one of their doors. It was Gary Levante or Deanna Markham from Berkshire Bank or it was Jennifer Kerwood from the Berkshire United Way. The teachers didn't know it was coming, but the two organizations were thinking about them because Tuesday wasn't just another school day. It was teacher's appreciation day.

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