CHESHIRE, Mass. — Only two candidates will be interviewed Thursday for the Adams Cheshire Regional School District superintendent position with candidate Martin McEvoy withdrawing his name from consideration.
Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless announced Monday that McEvoy, currently principal of Herberg Middle School, has altered his plans and instead of going for the top administrative post in Adams-Cheshire will stay in Pittsfield.
"He felt as though he owes Pittsfield and owes Herberg a few more years to see us through this turnaround plan and has withdrawn from consideration so we can rest a little easier," he McCandless told the Pittsfield School Committee. "We are happy to say Dr. McEvoy will be back with us next year."
Adams-Cheshire, soon to go by the Hoosac Valley Regional School District, is seeking a replacement for Superintendent Jon Vosburgh, who resigned at the end of July after a year on the job. Vosburgh, formerly principal of Taconic High School in Pittsfield, will start the school year Nessacus Middle School in Dalton.
His unexpected departure prompted Adams-Cheshire school officials to immediately begin a replacement search. In the interim, the district's former superintendent Al Skrocki has stepped in.
The committee will still interview two candidates Thursday: another administrator from Pittsfield in Crosby Elementary School Principal Aaron Dean and Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette from the Northampton Public School District.
Like McEvoy, Dean and Choquette are Berkshire County residents and in the past worked had worked in Adams-Cheshire.
The School Committee has said it will reopen the search rather than be forced into a decision without an acceptable applicant pool.
The public interviews will be held Thursday starting at 6 p.m. in the Hoosac Valley High School library.
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State Aid Numbers in Hand, Adams Eyes September Town Meeting
By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Staff
Chairwoman Christine Hoyt says retiring Community Development Director Donna Cesan will be recognized for her work at an upcoming meeting.
ADAMS, Mass. — Recent clarification on state aid numbers will likely lead to holding the annual town meeting in September, according to Town Administrator Jay Green.
Some municipalities have postponed town meetings and budget votes because of the state's uncertain financial picture caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Without a clear indication of what the state might be providing in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 70 education aid funds, detailed on what's commonly known as the cherry sheets, Green and the Selectmen have been hesitant to schedule a town meeting and approve a budget the town might be unable to afford should state aid numbers be slashed because of the global pandemic's effect on the economy.
Although the practice has been reinstated by the governor as part of Phase III of his COVID-19 reopening plan, the town of Adams has yet to allow tag sales within its borders. Hours after a brightly colored sign goes up on a utility pole advertising a tag sale, it is often being removed.
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"Banners for Fallen Heroes" is the endeavor of George Haddad and Selectman James Bush, who worked with volunteers and American Legion Post 160 to honor those from Adams who died in service for their country.
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