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North Adams Trustees Want Voice in Library Director Candidates

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library trustees want to make sure they're in the loop when it comes to choosing the new library director. 
 
Current director Mindy Hackner, who is retiring, told the trustees Wednesday that she plans to post her position within the next few weeks. 
 
"I think if I post this week or next at some of the venues by January, I think we will start to see people," Hackner said.
 
Hackner said there are no internal candidates interested but if they have difficulties hiring someone a current employee may have to act as an interim director.
 
"It might take a little while," she said.
 
Hackner was hired in 2014 after working many years at the Milne Public Library in Williamstown. She announced plans in May to retire within a year.
 
The trustees said they wanted to see applications first before sending them off to the mayor – who ultimately will make the decision.
 
"I think it should come to the trustees and then to the mayor," Trustee Nicole Gordon said. "It is a city position, but it is still pretty internal."
 
Trustee Robin Martin agreed and said she feared if the applications went right to the mayor he would pick a new director on his own.
 
Before closing, Hackner went over some continued maintenance issues at the library and said there is still an opening in the belvedere.
 
"The wood rotted out and the glass slipped down so it open to the elements on the tower," she said. "It is very hard to get to and we put a board up there so pigeons won't fly in."
 
As for the cracked thermal pane that protects the stained-glass window on the library's side entrance, the city may place a piece of Lexan over it and protect it until a more permanent solution can be found.
 
Removing the pane is a difficult task that could damage the custom window that was installed a dozen years ago when the building was renovated and added onto. The city has yet to find someone willing to take on the job.
 
Hackner said the city has been more responsive to maintenance issues in general. A number of areas in the older portion of the 150-year-old mansion have shown signs of deterioration.  
 
In other business, the trustees welcomed new member Ely Janis who replaced longtime member Harris Elder, who resigned last meeting.
 
Vice Chairman Rich Remsberg will continue as acting chairman for the time being. 

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McCann Scores High on MCAS Tests

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

The McCann School Committee reviews MCAS results. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High students once again scored highly on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests and the vocational high school is classified as "not requiring assistance or intervention."
 
"It has been another solid year and we are doing the same things we have always done and our kids are performing at the same level and they are getting a chance to shine," Principal Justin Kratz told the
School Committee on Thursday. "We are in good shape."
 
Kratz said the test was different this year and has been "reshuffled." He said it is harder to directly compare results to the previous test and that rather it pits local scores against the state average.  
 
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