Mabel Hamilton remembers when stories of the African American history wasn't just passed down from family to family, it was reinforced in schools.
The city school system had offered African American studies classes, delving into the history and contributions of the black community as part of the American story. But a few decades ago, the school district cut the class and that history faded from the curriculum.
The Transition Committee, which governs the newly expanded region through the Nov. 6 election, at its October meeting heard presentations from the principals at Lanesborough Elementary, Williamstown Elementary and the middle-high school about each building's School Improvement Plan.
Superintendent Robert Putnam told the School Committee on Monday that the district has broken away from the idea of keeping classes homogeneous and now will now bring children of different capabilities together in Grades 4-7.