ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen recognized David Nuvallie last week for his 30 years of service to the town, including temporarily as director of the Department of Public Works.
Nuvallie was met with applause Wednesday evening after the Chairman John Duval read from a certificate recognizing his dedication to the town.
"The Board of Selectmen hereby recognize the remarkable achievements of Mr. David Nuvallie throughout his career and time with the town and acknowledge his innumerable contributions to the Department of Public Works," Duval read. "The Selectmen join the citizens of Adams in expressing their sincere appreciation for his service and share their best wishes for a well-deserved and enjoyable retirement."
Nuvallie, who retired in March, started working for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District in 1987 as the director of parks and grounds. He joined the town's DPW two years later and wore multiple hats during his nearly three decades there, such as parks and grounds superintendent, deputy DPW director and most recently as the interim director, a position he's stepped into twice.
Duval read that Nuvallie was an expert in turf management and was accredited in pesticide management.
Nuvallie had few words to say and humbly thanked his co-workers.
"I'd like to thank all of the girls on the second and third floors for really helping out throughout the years," he said. "They have really pitched in."
After the recognition, interim Town Administrator Donna Cesan asked the Selectmen to approve the new DPW director hiring process. She said a screening committee will form and bring forth the best two to three candidates.
She said the screening committee will consist of Town Accountant Mary Beverly, herself and Nuvallie.
"He has offered to participate just on a gratis basis just because he has taken pity on Mary and me," she said. "He realized that we probably would not be able to answer very well any details about the fleet and other such things."
Cesan said they are currently holding interviews and plan to bring a group of finalists to the board in the coming weeks. She said currently eight have applied and out of that eight, three of those do not meet the criteria.
The Selectmen had no issue with the process Cesan spelled out.
"I don't see a problem with it and I am glad Dave will be on it because he has the technical background and I have all of the confidence in Mary and Donna," Selectman Joseph Nowak said.
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year.
Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."
Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.
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