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Pittsfield School Committee Sees Level-Funded Budget

Last week, administrators came before the School Committee empty handed because with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially resetting the state budget, they had little context to build their own budget.

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Pittsfield Not Anticipating Reopening Schools

Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School committee on Wednesday that although the governor could decide to reopen schools May 4, for planning purposes, Pittsfield administrators do not anticipate returning to public buildings.

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Pittsfield Councilors Start School Resource Officer Conversation

The Committee on Public Health and Safety approved taking up a petition to fill the vacant resource officer position at Reid Middle School and began the conversation about police presence in the schools.

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Pittsfield City Council Accepts Increased Chapter 70 School Spending Plan

City Council approved a spending plan for the nearly $1.3 million Chapter 70 increase that will improve the district's alternative school and fill staffing gaps.

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Pittsfield Schools Launching New African-American Studies Courses

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.

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Pittsfield School Committee Accepts Increased Chapter 70 Spending Plan

The School Committee set a spending plan for an extra $1.3 million increase in state funding that it hadn't anticipated Monday night. The plan is eyed to benefit the middle and elementary schools as well as alternative programs.

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Park, School Violence Prompts Response From Pittsfield Officials

City officials are looking to address ongoing issues of violence in schools and parks. Mayor Linda Tyer, Police Chief Michael Wynn, Superintendent Jason McCandless, and District Attorney Andrea Harrington released a joint statement on Friday addressing the growing concern over the incidents.

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McCandless Asks 5.7 Percent Increase for Pittsfield Schools

Superintendent Jason McCandless is asking for a $3.4 million increase to the school's budget. The large 5.7 percent increase comes as Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed a budget that gives the city $3.7 million more in Chapter 70 state aid for schools. The request comes with a number of new initiatives and positions which McCandless said will bolster specific areas the district has identified as problematic areas.

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