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Two Will Be Interviewed For Adams-Cheshire Superintendent

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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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"He felt as though he owes Pittsfield and owes Herberg a few more years to see us through this turnaround plan and has withdrawn from consideration so we can rest a little easier," he McCandless told the Pittsfield School Committee.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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Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Mulls Possible Expansion

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent
ADAMS, Mass. — The solid waste district is hoping for a decision from North Adams, and possibly Dalton, before considering service contracts.
 
The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management Commission on Thursday discussed the bid process for servicing the district and, with the possibility of North Adams coming on board, Program Coordinator Linda Cernik wants to ensure they use every resource available.
 
"This is a very, very important bid coming up. There can't be any mistakes, any hiccups, nothing. With the possibility of North Adams joining the district, and maybe Dalton, we have to get this right," Cernik said. "We met with Williams College and the four students doing the study (about North Adams joining the district) and they are going to present to the City Council in December."
 
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